Frida's Heart Selected for Official Latino Short Film Festival

Very honored to have had Femina-X - Frida's Heart selected in this year's Official Latino Short Film Festival. Co-directed by Daniela Riojas and Laura Varela. Cinematography by Andrew Gonzales. It has been selected for the "Las Jefas" screening block (Female Bosses) - scheduled to screen on September 16, 2017 during the 8:30-10pm timeslot at the Poet Den and Gallery Theater in East Harlem, New York.

Excited for this opportunity!

Additional credits for this film:

Special thanks to The Artist Foundation of San Antonio for making this production possible

Song tracked by Ross Ingram at Sonic Ranch Recording Studios El Paso, TX
Mixed by Jaime Radar

Executive Producer/Executive Director/Editor: Daniela Riojas
Producer/Co-Director: Laura Varela
Director of Photography: Andrew Gonzalez
Costume Designer: Fabian Alejandro Diaz
Special Effects Make-up: Miguel Cantu
Set Photographer: Ricardo Romero
AC: Brock Easterly
Production Assistants: Irene Varela, Sandra Torres, Chris Craddock
Starring: Alex Paul Scheel and Jeff Palacios as shamans

Strong Women and Paradigm Shifts Highlight the Native Women

Coverage from the screening of Standing Rock: A New Nation at the Native Women in Film and TV Festival Santa Monica, California. A short documentary that I directed via my trip to Standing Rock Reservation. Created alongside my colleague Andrew Gonzales who did the fantastic cinematography for this piece.

Strong Women and Paradigm Shifts Highlight the Native Women

"The event kicked off with Daniela Riojas’ Standing Rock: A New Nation, a short that explores the heightened consciousness created by the massive resistance to the pipeline. Riojas describes the ad hoc city-state that mushroomed at the Oceti Sakowin camp as “a Mecca for activists.” The short also highlights the theme unifying so many different activists. As Lakota tribesman Isidore Zephier explains: “It comes down to one thing: everybody drinks water.”

William Michael Day, of Iraq Veterans Against the War, makes an appearance, describing how former armed forces personnel once charged with protecting fossil fuel interests abroad are flipping the script at Standing Rock “to help protect against the multi-billion dollar corporations that are raping and pillaging the land.” He described the movement at Standing Rock as offering 'a new paradigm.'"

 

 

Daniela Riojas: Keynote Speaker for San Antonio College's Annual Multicultural Conference

Very pleased to be this year's Keynote Luncheon Speaker for San Antonio College's Annual Multicultural Conference - curated by Claudio San Miguel! It will take place Monday, April 24th at 12:30pm in the Koehler House, and is entitled "Art, Music, and Social Responsibility." Thank you for the honor, Claudio!

Very pleased to be this year's Keynote Luncheon Speaker for San Antonio College's Annual Multicultural Conference - curated by Claudio San Miguel! It will take place Monday, April 24th at 12:30pm, and it entitled "Art, Music, and Social Responsibility." Thank you for the honor, Claudio

27th Annual Blue Star Contemporary RedDot Sale

My self-portrait Don't Let Me Forget La Loba has been accepted into the 27th Annual Blue Star Contemporary RedDot Sale scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th 6-10pm.

Artist Statement: “La Loba” a mythic figure of old feminine wisdom collects and sings over the bones of wolves to raise them from the dead. Her tale is a symbolic ritual of tapping into the wild, all-knowing intuitive power which is suppressed and residing within all females. Eggs (orphic), a symbol of fertility, alchemic process, rebirth, and psychic rejuvenation signify the female awakening when cracked open.

Don't Let Me Forget La Loba. Self-portrait. 2015

Don't Let Me Forget La Loba. Self-portrait. 2015

Speaking at upcoming Pecha Kucka San Antonio event - The Pearl Stables

Photo by Josh Huskin

I've been selected to be a slated speaker and will be presenting my work for the next installment of Pecha Kucha San Antonio on February 28, 2017 at The Pearl Stables. I was unable to make it to the last installment because I left urgently to document the crucial moments at Standing Rock, North Dakota, but due to the enormous generosity of Leigh Baldwin I will now be able to speak about my work this time around. Thank for the opportunity, Pecha Kucha SA!

The Pearl Stables, San Antonio TX

Chicana Artists and Art in the 21st Century Symposium - Trinity Uni.

"To Feel is To Know"  Daniela Riojas. Self-Portrait. 2013.

Happy to have been selected to speak at a one day Symposium 'Chicana Artists and Art in the 21st Century' at Trinity University, March 7, 2017. The name of my presentation is "Exploring the Artist's Role through Native Ceremony and Activism." More details on this event will be posted soon.

Artist Statement: Daniela Riojas is an emerging Texas interdisciplinary artist currently based out of San Antonio, Texas. Her creative body of work recalls ancient ritual practices and engages seemingly anachronistic couplings of pre-colonial world concepts and contemporary cultural theory. Throughout her creative process her corporeal presence often attempts a locative terrestrial engagement for the sake of her performance narratives. Using her process of, “individuation through embodiment,” Riojas physically places herself in a mode of abstract worship as a way to connect to feminine deities, totems, archetypes, and new mythic characters. The images become vehicles for remnants of a lost spiritual history. Bringing them to the forefront of contemporary art likewise brings along pre-colonial mythologies which can help reconstruct a cohesive and collective consciousness rooted in nature and the understanding of the cosmic female.

Other participating speakers include Judith Baca, Anel Flores, Ana Fernandez, and Kathy Vargas.

Awarded 'Ad Astra Per Aspera' by San Antonio College

Thank you to my mentor Claudio San Miguel and San Antonio College for this wonderful award 'ad astra per aspera' which translates to "through hardships to the stars." It is adorned by a powerful piece illustrated by Vincent Valdez. I am very grateful!

Awarded "Best of Contemporary Art Month" for My Well, My Stream, The River performance installation

Thank you to all who voted for my installation My Well, My Stream, The River. It took home "Best of Contemporary Art Month" for 2016

As a follow up to her multimedia exhibition, Rio Abajo Rio: River Beneath the River, Daniela Riojas creates a performance installation that is a living image - a tableau vivant self-portrait expanding on her demonstration of The Wild Woman excavating memories from her current lifetime and generations past; revealing ancestral messages, the collective unconscious, and personal histories intertwined. She was suspended for 3 hours for this performance, the entire duration of the exhibition opening.