ARTISTIC ACTIVISM

 

‘Space is The Place’ by Totem Taboo, Paris 2018. Musician: Celia Wa. Photography: Damien Paillard.

Totem Taboo | 2012 – Present, International. Totem Taboo is a Situationist brand designing political scenes + scenic artifacts building new collective imaginaries through the visual narrative of the symbol.

Founding Artist | Designer. Maker. Producer. Stylist. Art Director. Communication. Key achievements: First brand of contemporary ethnic / African fashion in Spain since 2012. First Spanish brand present in the most outstanding contemporary ethnic art & design shows in Europe such as Labo International Paris, 2012; Ethno Tendance Brussels, 2012 ; Afropunk Paris, 2016 or Africa Utopia London, 2017 to mention a few. First contemporary ethnic / African fashion brand dressing the contemporary free jazz scene with a Sun Ra’s inspired collection. First contemporary ethnic / African fashion brand creating Debord-inspired performative ‘Situations’. Stocked at biggest museum of anthropology in Europe –Quai Branly Museum‘s boutique in Paris, and the biggest African fashion hub in London, Soboye . Part of the  itinerant scenic fashion collective exhibition Parures organised by conscious fashion organisation Universal Love exhibited to date at Klimafestivalen in Oslo – Norway, 2018.

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

Mischief Makers Carnival Arts | 2016 – 2018, London / 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 United Kingdom.

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

Mahogany Carnival Arts  | 2016, London. Mahogany is a group of multi-disciplinary artists led by Clary Salandy and Speedy Ramdeen – trained originally with 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 ‘London is The Place for Me’ collection for the 50th Anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival, winner of first prize and getting a Mahogany’s costume featured in page 29th of current British passport. Key achievements:  Fostering /embodying human rights themed participatory arts and politics of public space.


Situation Num I: Totem Taboo takes France’s Nation Square, Paris 2017. Photography: Fransi Nieto.

Other Live Art Interventions ~ Participatory / Situationist Performances:  Selva | 2015-2016, London. Performer for Trans-form fundraiser (first Carnival in India) at The Bussey Building – London, 2016. And Latin culture promoter Movimientos ‘s 10th anniversary at Rich Mix – London, 2015. Our Brixton | 2015, London. Performer for dancing occupation of Tesco supermarket on Brixton Hill, former community music venue. Brixton I love I care | 2014, London.  Performer for Brixton’s traffic lights customisation during gentrification. Projecta | 2011-2013, Barcelona. Performer for ‘Paint your Face’ during Spanish Occupy 15-M / Anti-austerity Movement and ‘Tube Anti-Xmas Musical‘. Walking Gallery | 2012, Barcelona. Performer for Barcelona’s Walking Gallery.