Photography. Film. Installation. Performance Artist
"To Be Immaculate: The Descent #1" (2013)
Riojas uses methods of movement, ritual, and embodiment in order to draw connections between psychological processes and the importance of maintaining ancient ideologies that incorporated feminine deities into their mythic lineage. These are pre-Colombian, non-Christian, non-Catholic practices that predate the strong patriarchal movement that overthrew and buried the vast diversity of goddess figures throughout myth and ancient religions.
"To Be Immactulate:The Descent #2" (2013)
The purification ritual for the Aztec goddess, Tlazoteotl, required the person asking for forgiveness to become undressed in the presence of his/her loved ones and tell the story of their wrongdoings in the form of abstract dance, movement, and non- language vowels. This ancient method of energetic release has been seen across many cultures including Italy with Tarantism dance and Japan in Butoh dance. It is this complete undoing of the self which disconnects the ego from control and reunites the person with a true self, whereby which a real cleansing can occur and realign the energetic flow.
"To Be Immaculate: The Descent #3" (2013)
Carl Jung also speaks of enantiodromia, which means that a super abundance of any force inevitably produces its opposite, and within the pull of extreme opposites, a balance is created. Through his patient observations and his practice of self-induced trances, Jung determined that enantiodromia usually occurs with symptoms of neurosis and more often than not, foreshadows a rebirth of personality. “To Be Immaculate: The Descent” is a search for newness, purification, and transformation by embracing and becoming one with darkness, but also an act of desperate need to reconnect with the lost presence of Tlazoteotl.