Emilio Rojas was born in Mexico City, (ca.1985) currently residing in unceded coastsalish territorries, commonly known as Vancouver, Canada. He is an interdisciplinary artist, working primarily in performance, film, video, photography, installation, and sculpture. His works explore the relation between the artist and his audience, interacting and exchanging roles, while involving the communities that surround the spaces he engages with. Rojas requires the participation of the viewer, in order to set in motion the metaphors that unveil the intricacy of his art. The intrinsic relation with the body has been both his subject matter and medium. Exploring the mental and physical limits of his being, Emilio re-evaluates language, gender, activism, traditions, identity, ritual, displacement, migration and sexuality. Besides his artistic practice, Emilio is also a yoga teacher, translator, community activist and anti-oppresion facilitator with Migrant and Queer Youth.
He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University in Film Video and Integrated Media. His performance and video works have been exhibited in United States, Mexico, Canada, Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia. He has participated in numerous performance festivals like Visualeyez in Edmonton, Rapid Pulse in Chicago, LIVE biennale in Vancouver, Transmuted in Mexico City, Dimanche Rouge in Paris, Infr´action Venice, and has been on the board of Directors of LIVE Performance Biennale since 2010. His work is represented by Galeria Nuble in Santander, Spain.