Cristina Morales is a London-based Spanish cultural activist, working through socially engaged curation, writing and art. Her practice is rooted in a creative and decolonial hence holistic approach to activism, understanding healing 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 connector and cultural strategist linking art with both human and natural sciences.
Cristina is the founding curator of the first decolonial thinktank mapping Cultural Activism worldwide, Counterspace. She is the founding artist of the Situationist brand of political designs and performances Totem Taboo. And she writes periodically on decoloniality and counter-narratives, on personal and community development through art, and on African arts & culture, published by national, international and specialised media such as the London Institute of Contemporary Arts; El Mundo; Humanities, Arts & Society; A Beautiful Resistance; Inhabit; Ouvrage; Wiriko; and Radio Africa.
Interested in deepening her knowledge of human beings she studied a BA in Socio-cultural Anthropology in the University of Barcelona where, along with other personal experiences with psychoanalysis and social conditions, 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 curator, writer and self-taught multidisciplinary artist bridging art with politics.
She works since then for freelance projects and public, private and nonprofit 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), -Ism (London), University State Academy of Fine Arts (Stuttgart), Quai Branly Museum (Paris) and Southbank Centre (London) among many others.
Apart from human sciences at large, arts at large, critical thought, cultural activism, and a special reflective bond with African culture, Cristina’s curiosity and idealism when it comes to personal interests are -intrinsically related- focused on nature at large with a special awe for biodiversity (natural and cultural – travelled 23 countries and counting) 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 futures.