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Marcela Torres

Visual & Performance Artist, Educator
2019 Make a Wave
Visual Arts

Marcela Torres is an artist, organizer, and educator that uses strength-building exercises and community rituals, to propose forms of reparations. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah and residing nomadically between Chicago,IL and Brooklyn,NY. Their physical research builds on methods of transcendental rituals, racial struggles within the United States and contemporary Latinx diaspora. Torres received a BA in Sculpture Intermedia and a BFA in Art History from the University of Utah, continuing their studies with a MFA in Performance from School of the Art Institute Chicago.

Torres has performed at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), The Momentary (Bentonville, AK), Fringe Festival (Detroit, MI), Experimental Actions (Houston, TX), Performance Space New York (New York City, NY)  and Time Based Arts (Portland, Oregon). Torres has exhibited work at Recess (Brooklyn, NY), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL) UW-Parkside University (Kenosha, WI), Tropical Contemporary (Eugene, OR) and Petzel Gallery (NYC, NY).

In 2022 Torres was a Chicago Dance Maker Forum Lab Artist, a Art/Industry resident at John Michael Kohler Arts Center and a Fellow at Franconia Sculpture Park. In 2023 they were a IACA Artist Fellow in Performance-Based Arts. In 2024 they exhibited at Recess (Brooklyn, NY) with the Assembly program and had a solo exhibition at Arts and Public Life (Chicago, IL).

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Marcela Torres has crowd-funded a project with 3AP

  • Xochiotia; at El Paseo

    • $5,250 raised of $5,000 goal
    • 0 Days 0:00:00 LEFT
      • 3Arts matched
      • 105% funded

    Xochiotia, nahuatl (Uto-Aztec language): to tinge something with the smell or color of roses, or to decorate something with flowers; to flower.

    Xochiotia; at El Paseo is an outdoor sculpture project hosted by the El Paseo Community Garden in the …

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