In this interview, Ema Villanueva and Eduardo Flores discuss their artistic collaboration and their participation in projects focused on social justice. They highlight the relationship between the social, the political, and the body through the arts. They offer their perspective on their trajectory, and their collaborative work techniques. They also discuss the students strike at the UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de México) in 2000. As a response, they performed a walk to memorialize the more than one thousand students imprisoned by military forces in a space that should remain autonomous and free of violence.
EDEMA is a collaboration between Ema Villanueva and Eduardo Flores. Ema Villanueva (1975, Mexico City) is a visual and performance artist who performs in the streets as well as in established cultural spaces of Mexico. She has participated in several round tables and conferences in art schools around Mexico City. Her work has been reviewed in major newspapers such as Reforma, La Jornada and Milenio, and discussed in academic papers and conference presentations. Eduardo Flores Castillo (Ciudad de México, 1971) is an artist, educator, and researcher of performance art. He has presented his performance work and has given workshops and lectures in different cities in Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and the United States. He has also published articles in specialized journals in Mexico and Cuba.