Christina Elias

 

artist of the body
Sao Paulo, 1978

 

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Exhibited in several museums and galleries in Brazil and Europe, such as MAC-USP, MAM SP, MIS SP, Paço das Artes, MAXXI (Rome), Studio Stefania Miscetti (Rome), Radyalsystem (Berlin), among others. FUNARTE Women in Visual Arts Award 2013. Master in Movement Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London) and PhD in Design from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi (São Paulo). She is currently developing postdoctoral research at PUC-SP on the subject of art, activism and feminism. Lived in Berlin, Lisbon, London, Rome and currently lives and works in São Paulo. While in Europe, she was assistant-trainee for choreographer Sasha Walz in the production of the performance opera Matsukaze (La Monnaie, Brussels), inspired by Zeami’s Noh  classic, and practiced Butoh with female artists who migrated from Japan mainly to Berlin, such as Minako Seki and Yuko Kaseki, where they planted a new seed of this contemporary form of performance/dance in the West. Her aesthetics and method in the visual arts are influenced by principles that guide these techniques. Member of the CEO Center for Oriental Studies - PUC/SP.

 

 

Artist’s statement:

 

I start from the performance to transform text or textiles into a work of art. My actions result in works on different supports: objects and installations on paper, canvas, threads and fabrics. Writing and speaking, cutting and sewing are displaced from their traditional fields by the passage through the body and movement. Thus, working like other forms of language, they expand their conceptual and aesthetic fields. My research involves the various layers of the feminine entangled in women’s bodies over time. Showing hidden layers and weaving possible new narrative lines for women’s stories is what I seek with my activity in art.