5célula is an international non-profit arts organization dedicated to promoting an integrative relationship between art and social transformation.
5célula has pioneered Social Contemporary Art that has triggered multiple creative processes in the collective imaginary, both in the Arts field as well as Social Development.
5célula presents new multi-disciplinary art, including visual, graphic, craft and multimedia arts; literature; video; theatre; music; and television. With an emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue, 5célula actively works with artists of all backgrounds including artists based in México, the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. Programming centres on framing art and community, art and identity, and art and culture.
5célula has a twin sister association in Europe, 3Multiverse, so the territories for action and the collaboration networks grow with the possibilities to create deepest meaning in our projects.
5célula strives for an art without borders… any
Elizabeth Ross, director.
Our Main Projects
Building BRIDGES with China
Chun Hua Catherine Dong visited Mexico to share her art. She had an Artist Talk and a Performance at the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro (Queretaro City Museum), a video performance screening in La Buena Estrella, our neighborhood small gallery, and in the National Arts School La Esmeralda, at the National Center for the Arts.
Through different activities, like the Chinese Women Videoartists Festivals, exhibitions and lectures, and with the support of out member in China, Dr. Liu Fan, we are slowly building a connection that can work both ways <Mexico – China>, increase understanding and benefit and enlarge the perspective of what we humans are.
Videoart has become an impoirtaant medium for communication. We curate and program international videoart as well as manage workshops on curating.
i d e n t i d a d e s
From 2004 to 2008, 5célula presented Identidades/Identities Artists International Encounter in Public Spaces. Identidades was the key organizational program of 5célula while working from Michoacán state. Aimed at increasing contemporary art presence in our communities, the program links international, national and local artists in an effort to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue through the lens of art and culture. International artists were invited to work on art projects emerging from their own concept of identity, along with a yearly thematic focus such as water or memory. These art projects were developed in the public realm of the streets and directly involved the people that inhabit that realm. You can visit its summary site in English and Spanish here.
Nomad, women on the move
Art project created by 5célula artists Elizabeth Ross and video journalist Cristina Fernández with the collaboration of fellow artists Teresa Puig (Spain/Norway) and Dorothea Fleiss (Romania/Germany) on and with immigrating women. We worked on this theme through a video, photo, audio, object installation, researching in the cities we live in among the many women who are affected by migration. It also was part of Transcultural Exchanges organization project Here There and Everywhere, anticipating the art of the future. It involved an antropologhic/action research on Lago de Pátzcuaro region.
Community | Identity
Different projects and workshops using art and an exploration of communal identity to strenghten the social fabric of different Mexican societies. Also a development and facilitation of a holistic self-identity and empowerment workshops focused on women situation.