Learning about art has been an organic process throughout my life. While studying anthropology, environmental science, development administration and economics, I also pursued coursework in fine arts and dance and took part in various dance performances. Last year, my studies at the Metafora Contemporary Art and Art Therapy Program in Barcelona allowed me to focus on concept development, installation and photography. Most recently, an artist residency in Medellin, Colombia gave me the opportunity to have my first solo exhibition.
In my work, I explore themes related to the ephemeral nature of my surroundings, using materials like natural fibers, found objects and natural pigments. I particularly admire the works of feminist artists Ana Mendieta and Shirin Neshat and my own work explores the tradition of ecofeminism (the connection between feminism and environmentalism).
My teaching, research and artistic work has taken me to Uganda, Brazil, Colombia and Spain. I have found that every difficult situation is an opportunity to be creative. Whether working with domestic violence survivors, university students or youth from low-income families, using creative activities like dance, storytelling and body-mapping helped them to retain new information with much more ease and enjoy the learning process.
Evelina will be collaborating with WINGS in the coming year.
"To me, art is a way of being, a way of searching, sensing and reflecting. It has infinite possibilities. It is a way of appreciating and finding the most extraordinary in the most ordinary. It is a movement that transforms, helping to survive the moments of despair, and inspiring hope in seemingly hopeless situations."
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