Carolina Mejía Niño (Stockholm, 1987)
Degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, she completes her training in Barcelona and San Sebastián; accompanying his professional studies with art.
Her work focuses on oil painting, acrylic, and engraving; constantly exploring the reinvention of traditional techniques by introducing copper and bronze as constant protagonists of the process.
Her work reflects not only an enjoyment for the artistic exploration being the human expressions the great protagonists, but also the form of construction of the pieces leaves in evidence the vision of an architect. Her work focus on portraits that reflect human feelings, claiming different collectives.
Carolina knows that it is necessary to know the life, the needs, the history of the cities and their people to get infected, initially each one and then infects others with the importance of coexistence. It is not possible to continue working individually. We must be aware of the needs and existence of others, we must evolve from living individually to co-living.
Through her profession and art that is pleasurable and life-giving, leads us to rituals of participation that can support the movement towards coexistence. Her work is a world of faces, expressions, and creation of colors that provide energy for the development of a collective consciousness.
Her recent series “Emakumea” (2018) claims for the power, strength, and independence of women, leaving behind feminism as a political movement, but as a need to show that women are energetic, capable and inspiring.
The series “Emakumea” (2018) claims the power, strength, and independence of women, willing to show the value, energy, and capabilities of 49.6% of the world’s population. The series is born from the need to empower and support women in the struggle for gender equality. The word Emakumea means “the woman” in Euskera, this being a language that has no gender, and which gives an example of equality in one of the most basic tools of the human being, language.
The portraits look at the viewer inviting him to connect with them and feel the claim in the fight against the glass ceiling and the wage gap, as well as in the construction of equality in education, the labor market, household chores, and cultural matters. The equality of genders is a mission to be accomplished by the whole society, eliminating micro-machismo that every person uses in their daily life.
The work is titled “Courage” or “Ausardia”, defending the spirit and impetus with which you have to start this fight of equality, which will be neither the first nor the last of humanity.
Two-dimensional work in 50×50 cm square format in 5mm copper plate supported by a 4cm thick wooden underframe. In a single plane, female face highlighted by red, brown and copper stripes, with white stains.
The white stains represent the multiple invisible and normalized struggles of sexism and machismo within society. The stripes represent the diversity of cultures where these practices are part of the normality.