Maria Cosmes Román (Barcelona, 1963)

Performer artist and visual artist.

Graduate in Prehistory and Ancient History (Barcelona University, 1988), Graduate in Cultural Anthropology (Barcelona University, 1993), Postgraduate in African Studies (Rovira i Virgili University, 1994).

She began her artistic work in 1993 with visual poetry and artistic installations. In 1998, she began to work Performance Art in depth, presenting her work in different countries of Europe, America and Asia, in many festivals and art centers, among others: FADO (2007, Toronto), Performing Days 07 (2007, GalataPerform, Istanbul), Centre International Poésie Marseille (2004, Marseille), VIVA Festival (2006, Montreal, Canada), MOPE (2002, Vaasa), Là-Bas and Galleria Augusta (2002 and 2004, Helsinki), the Konsthallen (Gotemburg (2006, Sweden), La Casa Encendida (2005, Madrid), Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (2006, Barcelona), Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (2005, Barcelona), Sinopale, Biennial of Contemporary Art (2008, Turkey), OPEN International Performance Art Festival (2009, Beijing), Extension Series 4 (Grimmuseum, May-June of 2010, Berlin), Casa Haiku (2010, Barcelona), VoxaFabrica (2010, France) and Action MAD (2010, Matadero, Madrid), Fabra i Coats Artistic Creation Center (2012, Barcelona).

Since 2000, she enriches her work with body practices like Alexander technique, dance-therapy or oriental dance, among others, trying to combine body awareness with emotion and intellect as driving forces for thought. She develops her artistic work around the symbolic constrictions that built our identity in relation with the others. She attempts different ways of subverting these constrictions through crossing Social Sciences and performatic - performative experimentation. Now, she explores how to hybridize different narratives with her visual art work from autoetnographic premises.

Between 2001 i 2010 she was a member of the organizing team of eBent, International Festival of performatical practices. (http://www.ebent.org)

She has also worked for the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in the MUS-E Project, using performatic techniques to favor integration of children in risk of social exclusion.

(http://www.fundacionmenuhin.org)

She has received different grants and subsidies from the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Institut Ramon Llull.