Yohanna M Roa

yohanna m roa


Yohanna M Roa is a (Colombian-American) transdisciplinary artist born in Bogota Colombia, based in NYC. S. She has a master's degree in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and a bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts of Colombia. In 2019 she had an artistic residency at the NARS Foundation NYC. In 2018 she developed the project, the journey to Mamacaltepec Momoxco, during an artistic residency at Calpulli Tecalco ONG in Mexico City. Her most recent solo exhibition was the Past Instructions for Use, at La Bodega Gallery NYC. She obtained the Young Creators Award from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia, and the Conacyt Grant from Mexico. She has a large number of individual and collective exhibitions such as Looking At Contemporary Photography. Ruiz & Healy art Gallery, The Sky of America is Beautiful, Public Library - Monroe - NC. Past Instructions for Use it, Gallery Valenzuela & Klener Bogota Colombia, Art Fair Plattform Zur Präsentation Von Kunstinitiativenin Karlsruhe plus internationale Gäste, Raúl Anguiano Museum in Guadalajara Mexico, Luz y Oficios Gallery - Habana Cuba, ARTBO - Arte Camara Colombia, Mc Nay Museum inSan Antonio Texas USA, Chihuahua Station Gallery among others. carried out around 25 curatorial projects, between collective and individual exhibitions.

Academics - PHD History and Critical Theory of Art. Universidad Iberoaméricana de México. 2018 - Master's Program in Women's and Gender Studies – CUNY, at Graduade Center. 2019-
- MA in Visual Arts . UNAM CDMX 2005
- DEGREE: Master in Fine Arts. INDEBA - Colombia 1999 Meritorious Thesis
- ESPECIALIZACIÓN Screenwriting for Cinema and Television. Secretariat of Public Education CDMX 2006 Diploma
- Anthropology of Art. SIESAS – LATIR. CDMX 2017
- Mexico an anthropological issue. Urban Ethnography Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana 2004 CDMX
- General Education Degree. Central Piedmont Community College. Charlotte NC. USA. 2011

- Award - National Stimulus Scholarship for Creators. Ministry of Culture of Colombia 2013
- CONACYT Scholarship - Mexico
- CONACYT mixed scholarship

Artist residencies
- NARS Foundation NYC. Julio – September 2019
Link - Calpulli Tecalco. CDMX . January - Dic 2018. Atocpan México

2020 The Past Instructions for its Use. Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati. Selection by jury. 2020 The Past Instructions for its Use - La Bodega Gallery - NYC 2019 Geographies: the journey to Malacachtepec Momoxco. Calpulli Tecalco. Mexico. 2018 The Past Instructions for its Use. Valenzuela Klener Gallery. Bogota ArtBo weekend
... and we could escape the words. University House of the UANL Book. Monterrey
2017 The Earth Is Flat. Cultural Center Mexiquence Bicentenario. Mexico state.
2015 RED The Roldán Plaza Circle. G&B Mexico DF
2014 FAITH OF ERRATS. Proartes Cali
2013 HABITAT. Exhibition hall Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali
2012 EDEN. Cultural Center of Cali
2009 FLOWERS OF MY GARDEN. Gallery Chihuahua Mexico Station
2008 GEOGRAPHIES: THE GARDEN Emilia Cohen Gallery Contemporary art. Mexico 2007 THE SKY OF AMERICA IS BEUTIFULL. Charlotte Public Library. USA 2004

Group exhibitions

Reconfigurations: Textile as Textuality. MUMA-Mexico
2020 - Good Trouble – White Box Harlem NY - Re-Center – NARS Foundation. Virtual exhibition. NY - La invención del Paisaje – ArtLatinou – México City. Virtual Exhibition - Art Off-Screen – Neumeraky – NY - Art In Place – CNL Projects – Chicago Ill

2019 - Ven y cuéntame la verdá: de la bandeja paisa... al último suflé. Valenzuela Klener Gallery. Bogotá – Colombia - Behind the Seen. NARS Foundation. New York. 2015 HIDDEN ART Along Göta channel. Östergötland Suecia. Public Art. Meteor Project


2015 - 2019 Configuration and management of the JMA File. The JMA Archive, consists of 1057 documents and objects, compiled by Dr. J. Mena A. (Mérida Yucatán 1941) who upon graduating as an Architect (TEC de Monterey - 1965) travels to Paris to make a stay at the Sorbonne in 1965, Two years later, in 1967, he moved to London, lived there until 1975, when he moved to Portugal for two years. From its arrival in England, it is linked to a network that supports different movements in particular: England, Portugal, Chile and Cape Verde. This personal file that she stores, contains documents and objects that account for her activities and links throughout these 10 years. After a wide series of interviews with Dr. Mena, and during the process of pre-cataloging the work (work to which I have been dedicated since 2014) I have been able to identify three thematic nodes: art, technology and gender. For this research I have focused on the art, this node is made up of a large group of documents and objects: publications, photographs, super 8, posters, among many others. About half of the objects were produced by Dr. Mena, and the remaining percentage was handed over for dissemination or intervention, by artists, designers, architects, photographers, engineers, sociologists, political activists, among others. It should be noted that the group of objects produced by Dr. Mena, a large percentage also, was made collectively, or based on objects, information or research, which were provided by other people.

2016 Quelites and edible plants of Malacachtépec Momoxco CDMX: The intervention of Quelites, edible plants of Malacachtépec Momoxco, at Xolotl 335 High School, in San Pedro Actopan, was carried out with the participation of third year children, and the community in general . It is a work promoted by the AC More for us, with the support of Jarabes San Pedro. That was aimed at revitalization and conservation of the use of edible plants in the area that have entered into disuse.

2015 RED Project. (ENCRYM-INHA Mexico) The Roldan Plaza Circle, La Merced. CDMX: The RED project was carried out thanks to the invitation and support of G & B-B & G 1 and its El Círculo space, located in the Roldán square, between the streets of Manzanares and Roldán, La Merced neighborhood in the Historic Center of Mexico City . For eight months Yohanna M. Roa had the opportunity to talk and meet a group of inhabitants of the area, who heard stories of their grandparents, parents, relatives and neighbors, and they repeat them to their children and grandchildren. Everyone lives in the neighborhood for three, four or five generations. Most maintain the tradition inherited from trade: all kinds of food, appliances, objects, costumes, dentures, among many others. Little by little, an audio file was built with the conversations we had, and they made evident - from their daily space - the transformations of the relationship between the inhabitants and the place.

2011 Invasion Project. Link Ministry of Culture of Colombia. Bogotá: INVASIÓN was part of the project "PENDING; Facts and Characters" Artistic Interventions around the history of Colombia. It was a community intervention of two colonial houses in the historic center of Bogotá. The project involved a number of inhabitants of the neighborhoods: La Candelaria, Concordia, Egypt, people who attended the public call that was held and spontaneous passers-by. The process of independence in Colombia mentions great characters that made possible the separation of Spain, however, and often the names and culture of those who originally inhabited these colonized lands does not appear afloat. Despite the historical oblivion and marginality that this population has often endured and still suffers, it has persisted as a race, culture and tradition until the present time.

2010 Project presence. Link National Stimulus Scholarship for Young Creators of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia. PRESENCE is a project carried out between the months of October to December 2010, in which a group of 13 women ranging between 45 and 75 years old participated. And it is posed as a scenario that, from art, allows others to be heard, gives voice for a group of women to present the knowledge they have stored and processed for several decades. All have developed a methodology of life, advanced and complex full of knowledge that we need to recognize, learn, especially we can not continue to allow this knowledge that takes so much time for construction and verification to be relegated or left in the background, first by the value that implies for the improvement of the quality of human life and second because by doing so we are including half of humanity

2016 Link Editorial work - Antonio Caro Postcards Book / Book edition and exhibition curatorship / Cali Departmental Library.
- Book No Copyright - Special Edition

Conferences and Workshops
2021 - Lecture: Territory under discussion. Curatorial project developed for the exterior architectural areas and spaces surrounding the La Tertulia Museum - Cali, Colombia. VII International Seminar on Public Art in Latin America. Constelaciones Del Arte Público: contextos, paisajes, saberes
- Master Conference: "Intersectional fabrics" Transdisciplinarity in artistic practices. V International Research Colloquium in Visual Arts.Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala
- Conference: "An emerging methodology to create the Josefina Mena Abraham Archive", Seminario de aplicaciones (im)prácticas a las teorías de género. Ibero-American University of Mexico.
-Lecture: QUARANTINE PROJECT – PROYECTO CUARENTENA. Artistic interventions in private and personal spaces. Yohanna M Roa. Congress, Diversity and Crosses in Art. Limits and Borders. Ibero-American University of Mexico.
- Conference: INES - Intersectional Expanded System I Expanded intersectional system. Archival practices, Yohanna M Roa. MUAC-UNAM. Mexico 2019- Lecture. "Transverse Line: City and Body Writings". "Radical Women”: Critical Perspectives on a Landmark Exhibition. SEAC (Southeastern College Art Conference) - Tennessee. 2019
- Workshop: Human Rights Archives. Cultural Area of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia. 2019
- Lecture 16 FORUM OF HISTORY AND CRITICISM OF THE MODERN ARCHITECTURE. Autonomous University of Yucatan. Mérida 2018 Mexico
- Workshop: Personal memory configuration. Cultural Area of the Bank of the Republic of Colombia. 2018
- Conference: Seminar: Approaches to contemporary artistic practices. 2/8/18 Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Faculty of Visual Arts / Postgraduate
- Workshop: Personal memory configuration. 6,7, and February 8, 2018. Secretary of Extension and Culture and Management of University Publishing. University House of the UANL Book
- Workshop: Community Archives - Personal Archives October 2017. Cultural Area of the Banco de la República. Cali, Colombia
- Conference: Public space as a possibility and sense of Community. 2 ENCRYM Urban Art Meeting. XI 2016 CDMX
- Are there collections without public? The social relations that make up the collections. / Clinic taught / Alameda Art Laboratory. 2016
- Workshop: Cali Live Document. Cultural Area of the Bank of the Republic. Cali, Colombia. VII –VIII 2016
- Conference: Dialogues on experiences in Educational Intervention. Pedagogical University of Morelos. Mexico 2015.