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Carlos Maria Romero

Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey Mamasita (1979, Colombia) is based between Colombia, United Kingdom and Germany. Maria Romero is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in dance and live art, working in the fields of performing and visual arts, heritage and architectural activism, pedagogy and curating. Maria Romero’s performances, art works, contributions and co-creations have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Bogotá); La Poderosa (Hiroshima), Espai Erre (Barcelona); Opera House Tokyo; Uferstudios Berlin; Il faut brûler pour briller (Paris), and in London at Vogue Fabrics, Sadler’s Wells, The Tanks/TATE, The Serpentine Gallery, among others. Most recent projects include the performance series Muy Serio presented since 2018 in Bogotá, Barcelona, Margate and most recently at Stretch Festival in Berlin, Royal Academy of Arts and Selfridges State Of the Arts Programme in London, and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.


La Nave (2021)

12 September 2021

In La Nave, Colombian artist and first-time filmmaker Carlos Maria Romero (aka Atabey Mamasita) translates the meaning and spirit of Carnival de Barranquilla during a year in which gatherings were forbidden. Through clandestinely filmed performances with members of many different communities—indigenous, trans, queer, rural, Afro-Colombian and radical outsiders among them—Maria Romero recreates northern Colombia’s largest cultural event as an essayistic performance film, demonstrating how Carnival is a lifeblood to its many diverse participants.

Run Time

60 mins
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