Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish-born cultural activist, a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner with international experience working as researcher, writer, curator, speaker, critical pedagogue and artist at the intersection of art, psychology and politics for self and community development. Her practice is rooted in a creative and decolonial hence holistic approach to activism, understanding healing, health and the expansion of both self and community development as a necessarily interdependent exercise on a physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social and natural level. What makes her a singular connector and cultural strategist linking creativity with human and natural sciences.
Cristina is currently freelance project manager for Disability Arts Online. Founding curator of the first decolonial think-tank mapping Cultural Activism worldwide Counterspace. Founding artist of the first Situationist brand designing political scenes and scenic artefacts Totem Taboo. And freelance writer on decoloniality, self and community development through art, and African/diaspora arts & culture , published by national, international and specialised media such as the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); El Mundo (Madrid); Humanities, Arts & Society (Paris) ; A Beautiful Resistance (Seattle); Inhabit (Global); Ouvrage (Montreal); Wiriko (Barcelona); and Radio Africa (Barcelona).
Growing up navigating intergenerational trauma and interested in deepening her knowledge of human beings, she studied a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology in the University of Barcelona where, along with her social oppression conditioning (working class, second generation migrant, disabled, heteroflexible, female) as well as her experience with psychoanalysis, she started to develop her personal and political consciousness. Driven by an INFJ-A personality type labelled as ‘Idealist’ by Carl Jung, her limitless curiosity also held a passion for art and creativity as our human expressive language by excellence, and our best asset to question, imagine, create and inhabit meaning and other realities. At a time where in Spain there wasn’t any academic offer on Social Practice Art, she specialised in Arts & Culture Production/Management with a MA from the Open University of Catalonia, to become a socio-politically engaged curator, writer and self-taught multidisciplinary artist, migrating to London after finishing her academic studies.
From challenging neocolonial and neoliberal products such as the art market, gentrification, race and disability inseparable from class and gender to embodying political and participatory arts, designing decolonial toolkits and organising global networks, in the past the decolonial/intersectional scope of her practice as well as her multidisciplinarity have led her to work with a range of international freelance projects as well as private, public and non-profit organisations using arts & culture as an individual and collective agency tool challenging society on personal identity, decoloniality and community development covered by media such as The Guardian, BBC News, Essence and True Africa. Organisations such as HostelArt, Ribermusica and Interarts in Barcelona or Black Cultural Archives, Peckham Platform, Mahogany Carnival Arts and Haringey Arts in London to mention a few. Clients and collaborations include Extinction Rebellion (London), Africa Utopia (London), Notting Hill Carnival (London), Utopian Studies Society (Global), Plurality University Network (Paris), Afropunk (Paris), Antiuniversity Now (London), Social Art Network (UK), Quai Branly Museum (Paris), Klimafestivalen (Oslo), Labo Ethnik (Paris), Ephemera Conference (Global), The Africa Centre (London), Movimientos (London), Open the Gate (London), Ethno Tendance (Brussels), Passion for Motherland (London), and Center for Artistic Activism (New York) among many others.
Among her interests in human sciences at large, arts at large, and the critical thought and cultural activism linking them both, Cristina’s core motivation is a profound awe and respect for life in its diversity, and expansive consciousness as a determinant of experience in its potential. A bunch of life-supporting fields with a common denominator: they are holistically looking at the powerful mystery of both ourselves and the tapestry of our world, at our creativity and liberating practices, and our ability to live becoming.
This site and work is a polymathic counter-archive of visionary resources and experiences shaping alternative imaginaries and social poetics in the building of other presents and futures.