Rocio Boliver, also known as La Congelada de Uva, is a performance artist from Mexico City. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was well known in Mexico as a model and television personality, but abandoned the mainstream after 1992 for a more precarious, provocative, and uncompromising life as an artist at the margins of cultural acceptability. Her performances stage unique combinations of physical risk, unabashed femininity, body horror, and sexual frankness, resulting in actions that are partly improvised, unrepeatable, sometimes funny, sometimes terrifying, and always political.
Rocio has previously performed in the UK with ]performance s p a c e[, LADA and Steakhouse Live, and returns to the UK this October, to present work at Fierce Festival, Birmingham on 22 October and ]performance s p a c e[ ‘s Wake programme in Folkestone on 28 October.
“I devote myself to transgress limits. I dig into human behavior. I disrupt accepted reality, absurd as the one I situationate. I was born a seductive Nabokov's “Lolita”. I lived censorship, scolding, fear and guilt, typical of a repressive society. I break the conventional woman scheme. My aesthetic is grotesque, in search of severity. I’m a human reaction voracious hunter, consumer and provocateur.” Rocio Boliver
Rocio has presented her work in Europe, Asia, North and South America. Since 2012, Rocío’s performances have focused on the ageing female body – a body, and a body of work, that she describes as ‘between menopause and old age’. She aims to aims to demystify the horror of old age in an ironical way, inventing her own deranged aesthetic and moral solutions for the problem of age. She revels in the cultural unease the ageing female body tends to provoke, and she embraces, on the one hand, shame, disgust, and embarrassment, and on the other, pleasure, laughter, and great beauty, in often dizzying and un-navigable recombination.
Categories: Featured Artist
Date Posted: 25 July 2017