ARTISTIC ACTIVISM

VISUAL AND PERFORMANCE ART

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Design Science Studio | 2021 – Present, International. Launched in 2020, Design Science Studio is a decade-long anticipatory art and design-driven accelerator for revolutionary art, an online incubator by The Buckminster Fuller Institute in partnership with HabRitual, based in San Francisco, USA. With a cluster of visionary mentors and using Buckminster Fuller’s comprehensive anticipatory design science principles, cohorts of 144 international revolutionary artists across many disciplines build during 7 months culture-shifting projects for a regenerative future that works for 100% of life.

Artist-in-Residence | Working on a project and a series of digital and physical showcases and large scale campaigns to imagine and facilitate the transition to a future where all life thrives.

‘Space Age’ preview by Totem Taboo, Paris 2017. Musician: Celia Wa. Photography: Damien Paillard. Design, styling and art direction by Cristina Morales.

Totem Taboo | 2012 – Present, International. Totem Taboo designs political scenes + scenic artefacts building new collective imaginaries through the visual narrative of the symbol.

Founding Artist | Designer. Maker. Producer. Stylist. Art Director. Communication. Key achievements: First ‘brand’ designing militant ethnic fashion in Spain since 2012, portrayed in Barcelona’s street art by SM172. First Spanish ‘brand’ present in top emerging contemporary ethnic art & design shows in Europe such as Labo Ethnik – Paris, 2012; Ethno Tendance – Brussels, 2012 ; Afropunk – Paris, 2016 or Africa Utopia – London, 2017 to mention a few. First contemporary ethnic fashion ‘brand’ dressing the contemporary free jazz scene with a Sun Ra’s inspired collection with the likes of Zap Mama and Sun Ra Arkestra. First contemporary ethnic fashion ‘brand’ creating Guy Debord-inspired performative ‘Situations’. Totem Taboo is stocked at the biggest museum of anthropology in Europe: Quai Branly Museum’s boutique in Paris, and Soboye, the biggest African fashion hub in London. And it is part of the  itinerant scenic fashion collective exhibition Parures organised by Paris-based conscious fashion organisation Universal Love exhibited to date at Klimafestivalen in collaboration with Fashion Revolution in Oslo – Norway, 2018.

Mischief Makers at Brighton Pride Parade featured in The Observer by The Guardian and BBC News, UK 2018.

Mischief Makers Carnival Arts | 2016 – 2018, UK. Mischief Makers is led by  freelance independent Carnival artist Emma Garofalo specialised in large scale kinetic costumes / puppetry & performance for community development projects all over the United Kingdom.

Freelance Costume Assistant & Performer | ‘Metamorphosis’ costume assistant for Northampton Carnival -London, 2018.  ‘Metamorphosis’ costume assistant and performer for Brighton Pride Parade – Brighton, 2018.   ‘Anima Mundi’ costume assistant for Luton International Carnival – London, 2017 and Extinction Rebellion – London, 2019. Workshop assistant for Kew Gardens  – London, 2017. ‘Metamorphosis’ costume assistant & performer for Wandsworth Arts Fringe – London, 2017; Kew Gardens – London, 2017 and Camp Bestival  – Dorset, 2016. Key achievements: Anima Mundi costume was winner of EMCCAN Caribbean Carnival Queen first prize (2017) and leader of Extinction Rebellion in Hackney, London (2019). Fostering /embodying human and nature rights themed participatory arts and politics of public space.

Mahogany Carnival Arts  | 2016 – London, UK. Mahogany is a group of multi-disciplinary artists led by Clary Salandy and Speedy Ramdeen – trained originally with Trinidadian award-wining carnival artist Peter Minshall – who design and create carnival large scale kinetic sculptures using the human body in the art form of ‘Mas making’, masquerade or street theatre having been instrumental in introducing such art across the UK and also being a seminal force in educating European communities in the development of carnival as a catalyst for bringing together people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Freelance Costume Assistant & Performer | Costume assistant and performer for Lord Kitchener-inspired collection ‘London is The Place for Me’  for the 50th Anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival. Key achievements:  Winner of 50th Notting Hill Carnival first prize. Mahogany’s costume featured on page 29 of current British passport. Fostering /embodying human rights themed participatory arts and politics of public space.


Featured image: Astro Black by Totem Taboo. Photography by Damien Paillard. Model Christelle Duverly. Design, styling and art direction by Cristina Morales.