Maria Evelia Marmolejo

Maria Evelia Marmolejo (Pradera, Colombia 1958) one of the most radical performance artists to emerge in the 1980s in Latin America.

The political and feminist performatic work by Maria Evelia Marmolejo started in the late 1970s in Cali, Colombia. In her work, the woman’s body plays a powerful role addressing socio-political issues, pertinent to Latin America and the world at large.

Marmolejo’s work has been shown both inside and outside the art institution, often taking place in secluded locations away from the public view, others in public places with or without the authorities consent, and also in institutions such as Museum of Modern Art of Bogota, Museum of Modern Art Cartagena, Contemporary Art Museum Guayaquil.

Conferences include History of Contemporary Art in Latin America, Universidad Central of Quito and in the Contemporary Museum and Pinacoteca of Guayaquil, Ecuador; The History of Pre-Colombian Performance Art to present day, State Institute of Fine Arts of Cali, Colombia; Poisoning Pachamama, Plan Colombia, York College, New York; International Interests Behind Illicit Crops, York College, New York.

Her work has been published through research projects such as Re.Act.Feminism, a performing archive based in Berlin, and articles in international publication such us Art Nexus and Arte y Critica. Marmolejo’s work will be on view in the context of the historical exhibition “The Political Body: Radical Women in Latin American Art: 1960-1985”, which is curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta.

Maria Evelia Marmolejo is a New York based Colombian artist and holds a Master of Arts in Humanities from The City University of New York.