Mayra Rojo | Biofriction


Mayra is a Mexican artist, interdisciplinary researcher and curator in visual arts and body discourses (gender and race), design and textile innovation research. She has received honorary mentions for doctoral and master final dissertations. She developed postdoctoral research about bacterial cellulose for textile and design. As an artist, she was selected the first artist woman in the resident Air-Montreux, Switzerland (2019). She and the Mexican performer Víctor Martínez developed Laboratory of actions in Public Space (Berlin, 2019). She currently develops the curatorial research Monstruas: teratology of the feminine. She was invited as a curator in the Project Traslados in Santiago de Chile under the topic collective curatorships and migration (2016). Among her papers, stands out The monster as a figure of an economy of the destruction of form in contemporary art: Cabeça do avesso de Lia Menna Barreto.

Recent theoretical publications: The return of the monster: Subversive power, (Exotopías Magazine, Mexico, 2019), Zombi, Zumbi, Zombie: The sound of the multitude, (Utopía Magazine, España, 2019).



Abominable Mystery: Floral Graftings

Grafting (propagation of plants and implants of living tissue) as poetic exploration of cellular textiles (tissue assemblies). Grafting techniques are a poetic approach to surfaces, of the borders and overflow, to create an organism with the multiple and diffuse identity. Where gender means beyond the subjects of man or woman, they are show as an organism in constant transformation (Gender trouble).

This project, Abominable mystery: Floral Graftings, begins as part of the research Notes for an Atlas of Botanical Anatomy. For both pieces, I looked back, at the history of evolution and the Hopeful Monsters by Richard Benedict Goldschmidt, who confirm the Theory of Spontaneous Generation.