Emilio Rojas

Alguna Cosas deberian de Permanecer en Silencio (Some Things Should Remain in silence)
and Ablution

Performance Description

a: “Two letters were sent, my mother wrote everything that she had never told me and I wrote everything that I never told her. The letters have never been read.” Emilio Rojas invites the public to participate in his letter with their own confessions to their own mothers, to be translated into Spanish and merged with the artist’s own. The confessions of the group will remain anonymous as the personal becomes collective, and the individual faceless. She listens to the confessions with profound maternal love of the archetypical mother, and both letters are burnt while the audience is smudged with the smoke.

b: Visitors enter the gallery one at a time, and are asked if they want their feet or hands to be washed. Experience a process of purification through this mixed ritual that collages the aesthetic of Muslim, Catholic, Buddhist, Sikh, Shinto, Baha’i, Christian, Jewish, Hare Krishna, Hindu and Native American traditions, proposing a possible communion of faiths through art and human interaction.

Artistic Statement

As an artist I wish to push boundaries, and encourage the viewer to participate.. My practice enacts the connection between art, viewer and experience to create circumstances that challenge the audience. I’ve been working with my mother, in a deep exploration of our relationship far away from each other. Both projects attempt to revaluate worship so that the viewer questions their relation to rituals, notions of private and public, and personal and collective experience. The work attempts to merge art and spirituality, with aesthetics and temporality to create a present experience with cathartic possibilities for the viewer to open new channels of communication, and understanding.


Emilio Rojas is a Mexican performance multimedia artist whose works explore the relation between the artist and his audience. His works require 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 his mental, social and physical limits, Emilio revaluates identity, rituals, activism, language, traditions, gender and sexuality. Rojas currently lives in Vancouver, where he is enrolled at ECUAD. His work have been exhibited internationally and he recently participated in the 54th Venice Biennale as part of the Pirate Camp; Stateless Pavilion.