Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish cultural activist, a transdisciplinary cultural practitioner who works as a researcher, writer, curator, speaker, critical pedagogue and artist at the intersection of art and psychopolitics. Her practice is rooted in a creative and decolonial -hence holistic- approach to activism, understanding healing, health and the expansion of both personal 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 both human and natural sciences.
Cristina is currently the founding curator of the first decolonial think-tank mapping and exploring Cultural Activism worldwide, Counterspace. The founding artist of the Situationist brand of political designs and performances Totem Taboo. And she writes periodically in English, French and Spanish on holistic Decoloniality, on Social Practice Art / Cultural Activism as personal and community development, and on African and African diaspora arts & culture , published by national, international and specialised media such as the London 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).
Interested in deepening her knowledge of human beings she studied a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology in the University of Barcelona where, along with other personal and social conditionings and experiences with psychoanalysis, she started to develop her personal and political consciousness. With a passion for art as our human expressive language by excellence and our best asset to question, imagine, create and inhabit meaning and other realities, she later specialised with a MA in Arts & Culture Production from the Open University of Catalonia becoming a socio-politically engaged curator, writer and self-taught multidisciplinary artist.
She has worked since then for freelance projects and public, private and non-profit organisations using arts & culture as an individual and collective agency tool challenging society on personal identity, decoloniality and community development. 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 Afropunk (Paris), Antiuniversity Now (London), Notting Hill Carnival (London), Extinction Rebellion (London), Africa Utopia (London), Artefato (London), The Common House (London), Classic Proletarians (Paris), My Project Gardens (London), The Africa Centre (London), Walking Gallery (Barcelona), Movimientos (London), Labo International (Paris), Center for Artistic Activism (New York), Ethno Tendance (Brussels), Primary (Nottingham), Socially Engaged Art Salon (Brighton), -Ism (London), Klimafestivalen (Oslo), Social Art Network (UK), Quai Branly Museum (Paris), Utopian Studies Society (UK), and Southbank Centre (London) among many others.
Apart from human sciences at large, arts at large, and the critical thought and cultural activism linking them both, Cristina’s interests are -intrinsically related as the main motivation- focused on nature at large with a special awe for both natural and cultural biodiversity, and expansive consciousness as a determinant of experience. 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.