Mariana Rocha is a visual artist, performer and lawyer. Her work is interdisciplinary, site and context responsive, and spans philosophy, literature, forensic, drawing, performance, sound, photography, video and sculpture. She researches the body and its relation to sexuality, sound, movement, weight and decay.
She is interested in the uncanny circuits operating in connection with the production and circulation of death, and its relationship with the political economic history of colonization, social violence and extreme poverty, and how death represents a certain otherness, an unknowing to any discourse or text, and is inscribed into our self‐understanding.
For the past years she has worked with representations of presence and absence, questions of identity, trauma, memory and loss in a way to search and choreograph traces. She has a primary interest in matters related to women and the erotization of the female body, centering her focus on female protagonists, working with the female form to analyze broader issues ranging from colonialism and displacement to ritual and transformation.
She is a PhD candidate in Literary, Musical and Visual Thought at the European Graduate School (EGS) and a researcher at PEI - Independent Studies Program at MACBA - Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (Spain). She has a BA in Law from UFMG (Brazil), a BA in Fine Arts from Escola Guignard (UEMG/Brazil), specialized in drawing and sculpture; has a MA in Performance Art from Faculdade Angel Vianna (RJ/Brazil), a MBA in International Law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brasil) and a MFA from Plymouth University (UK) and Transart Institute (USA/DE).
Her work has been shown in more than 20 countries. She lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and Barcelona, Spain.