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Frida Robles

Frida Robles

Bereich: Bildende Kunst

© Emeka Okereke - Handle with care

Are there words left to write © Frida Robles

Ghost of the university © Frida Robles

Love letters for free - Frida Robles, photo by Julio Llorente

Material history of the university © Frida Robles

Key Facts




Bildende Kunst


Mexico City

Empfehlende Institution



August 2017 - September 2017

Frida Robles is an essayist-artist; she observes the traces that people leave in public spaces and then diffracts them back into the same space. She does this through text, performance, images and moving pictures. For example: in order to learn more about love, Frida went into a public square in Mexico City and listened to people’s love stories, channeled their emotions and translated them into love letters. She holds a bachelor degree in History (Iberoamericana University) and a master’s degree from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.


University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria - M.A. Social Design, 2014
Iberoamerica University; Mexico City, Mexico – B.A. in History, 2009
Raw Material Company; Dakar, Senegal - Sessions 1 y 2 de la Raw Academy, 2016-2017
Member of the Applied Foreign Affairs Lab from the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Young Artists, FONCA - Creative essay; 2015-2016
ARTist, University of Applied Arts Vienna; 2015

“Terrain vague in Lagos?” in [a]FA Lagos Legacy (2017).
“La culpa: el caso de una ‘perdida’. Una mirada intelectual de los barrios bajos durante el Porfiriato” en Cultura, política y sociedad en el siglo XIX, UIA, Mexico City, 2017.
“La ciudad como cuerpo sin órganos” in “Afecto y saberes: Crítica, cultura y desestabilización de la representación”, UIA, Mexico City, 2016.
“La construcción de un asesinato pasional” in Afecto, Archivo, Memoria: Territorios y escrituras del pasado, UIA, Mexico City, 2016.
“Remote Homes: Towards a Nomadic Urbanism?” in Architecture_MPS (2014).
“Historias prestadas” in Icónica , 4 (2013).
“Pixie líquida” in Fractal, 60 (2012).
“Reinaldo Arenas: la memoria de un escritor delirante” in Fractal, 49 (2008).
With Nisrine Boukhari, Un-titled publication, All Art Now (artist book).
Book: Toda carta de amor es una historia de fantasmas, México, publication in progress.
[All love letters are ghost stories]

Artistic residencies
Residence Botkyrka; Estocolmo, Suecia - 2017
Legacy 1995 and a[F]A; Lagos, Nigeria - 2017
Project: Handle with care, Lagos Legacy
mo.ë; Viena, Austria - 2016
Project: Love letters for free
Transeuropa Performing Arts Festival; Hildesheim, Alemania - 2015
Project: Hobby Horse Ltd. with the artist collective Blind Date Collaboration
Residency 108; Nueva York, Estados Unidos - 2014
Project: On Independence; a reading of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden
De Liceiras 18; Porto, Portugal - 2014
Project: Fleeing thoughts
Haduwa Culture Center and a[F]A; Apam, Ghana - 2014
Project: Narrating Apam
Studios Kabako and a[F]A; Kisangani, República Democrática del Congo - 2013
Project: Lubunga en res(eau)

Group exhibitions

No hope no fear - Kunst Haus Wien - Austria
Zig zag - Raw Material Company - Senegal
All Art Now - Supermarket Art Fair - Sweden
Lagos Legacy – Railway Museum - Nigeria
Cinq dinners – Raw Material Company - Senegal
Tra[Dic(c)ión] – Casa Vecina - Mexico
Ghostly love – Mo.ë – Austria
Resistencias inmediatas - Tepetongo Balneario Crítifco – Mexico
TENDANCES. Emerging Female Artists and Performance Art – Mo.ë - Austria
Los fantasmas de la memoria - Casa Kan – Mexico
Design acts! - Galerie Freihausgasse - Austria
Lubunga en rés(eau) – KVS – Belgium and Alliance Française Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo
Essence 14 - Künstlerhaus Wien – Austria
Think Global! Build Social - Architecture Zentrum Wien – Austria
Urban - Power Station of Art Theater – China
(Human) Necessities - Nádvoří a přilehlé prostory – Checz Republic
Essence 13 - Künstlerhaus Wien – Austria
Play and Prosume - Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz – Austria
Performances Ministère des rêves - Universidad Cheikh Anta Diop – Senegal
Lux mea spes – University Cheikh Anta Diop – Senegal
M2. ¿Cómo se habita un metro cuadrado? – UNAM – Mexico
Hambre de padre – Casa Kan – Mexico
Se escriben cartas de amor gratis – Santo Domingo Public Square – Mexico
El amor es un perro infernal o eso dice Bukowski - De Liceiras 18 - Portugal
Hobby Horse Ltd. – Hildesheim - Germany
Imprissoned [archive] –Buea University – Cameroon
De-petrification of science– Vienna University – Austria
Classic Blue Vest – De Liceiras 18 – Portugal
Lubunga sur scene - Studios Kabako – Democratic Republic of Congo
Dancing Apam – Haduwa Cultural Center – Ghana

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Frida Robles


There is an overflowing imaginary from different underworlds originated in different cultures throughout the world. A rite of passage, a judgement ritual, a waging of the souls. The apocalypse is the time when the moon was bloody and the stars fell like leaves, where the sky was no longer there. For the Aztecs, the Mictlan was the other world, a nine-level cosmos where dogs were there to guide you. The guardian of the Mictlan was Mictlantecuhtli which was always associated with bats, spiders and owls, all creatures of the night.
This project will result in an installation where some of these images will be reinterpreted in visual and spoken formats, as a reflection of the connection between punishment and justice. As Foucault would assert, the subjected is so by means of belief in the imaginary of the power system to which s/he is subject of. Which are our contemporary imaginaries of punishment, of fear? To which images are we subjects to? 

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