Contact: rioxofia@gmail.com
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b. Querétaro, México
lives and works in New York City

Río Sofia is a visual artist and organizer. She has been working on a body of work that explores forced feminization porn, a genre that fantasizes about experiencing gender transformation through coercion and loss of control. She graduated from Cooper Union and is currently the Programs & Operations Coordinator at Queer|Art. 

Education/Residencies

2017
Cooper Union For The Advancement of Science & Art,
BFA, New York NY

2013
SOMA Summer Residency,
Ciudad De México, México

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Forced Womanhood
Cooper Union, New York NY

Group Exhibitions

2019
Wildfire: work exploring queer temporality, futurity and the archive
U.N.O. Gallery, New Orleans LA

2018
Stonewall is Not Here Yet (performance event for MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas: Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project)
New Museum, New York NY

EOYS Showcase
Cooper Union, New York NY

2015    
EOYS Performance Showcase
Cooper Union, New York NY

Open Toe Peepshow #23
Heels on Wheels Roadshow
Branded Saloon, New York NY

2014     
The Dream Vault Cycle
La MaMa E.T.C, New York NY

At Least You Tried: A Mother’s Day Event
Heels on Wheels Roadshow
Judson Memorial Church, New York NY

Panic Show Room
Cooper Union, New York NY

2013    
¡Que Lastima!
Godine Gallery, Boston MA

I Walk In Dread (with NonGrata)
Anthony Greaney Gallery, Boston MA

Muestra Marrana 5
Hangar, Barcelona, Spain

2012    
Smash Hits
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA

Fountain Art Fair
The Armory, New York NY

Caution
Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland

Lapsody: International Exchange
Studio 1 at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland

2011    
Strength In Numbers
The Catch Gallery, Miami FL

2010   
305 ‘Til I Die
The Catch Gallery, Miami FL

Curatorial Experience

2019
Queer|Art|Pride Book & Print Fair
(curator)
Abrons Arts Center, New York NY

Em Casa: Brazilian Cutlery (solo exhibition by Marco DaSilva, curator)
Abrons Arts Center, New York NY

Food For Thought : After Mentorship (co-curator)
Danspace Project, New York NY

2016
SUBMERGING: A Multimedia Art Exhibition Benefitting F2L
(co-curator)
41 Cooper Gallery, New York NY

Bring Your Own Body: Transgender Between Archive and Aesthetics (assistant curator)
41 Cooper Gallery, New York NY

2015
VERGING: A Multimedia Art Exhibition Benefitting The Audre Lorde Project (curator)
41 Cooper Gallery, New York NY

2014
Emotional Edging (curator)
Bruce High Quality Foundation University, New York NY

2013
Histories of Now: Student Power (co-curator)
Grossman Gallery, Boston 2013

Organizing Experience

2019
Body Hack (2018–present)
Mood Ring, New York NY

Queer|Art|Film (2018–present)
IFC Center, New York NY

2018
No Borders Gift Fund
New York NY

Here & Not Yet, Queer|Art|Mentorship Annual
LGBT Center, New York NY

Queer Colors of the Future
Macy’s Herald Square, New York NY

2016
Consent: HIV Disclosure and Sexual Assault
Cooper Union, New York NY

Black Radical Imagination Conference
Cooper Union, New York NY

Organizing at the Intersections of Black Lives Matter and Gender Justice with Joshua Allen
Cooper Union, New York NY

2015
An Evening With M. Lamar
Cooper Union, New York NY

Darkmatter: It Gets Bitter Tour
Cooper Union, New York NY

Stories of Sexual & Reproductive Justice & Activism
Cooper Union, New York NY

2014
Black Radical Imagination
Cooper Union, New York NY

Public Speaking/Facilitation Experience

2019
WorldPride Rally: Stonewall 50 Commemoration (with Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC)
Christopher Street and Waverly Place, New York NY

In Conversation: On Top of All This (organized by Ted Kerr and Diya Vij)
High Line, New York NY

Publications and Press

2019
”Making Work in Her Own Image”, Out Magazine, May print issue

“Who’s Afraid of a Naked Trans Woman?”, Out Magazine, August print issue

2018
“Centering Trans Women In Our Fight For Health Equity”, Gay City News, June print issue

“How An Estrogen Shortage Is Making Life Hell For Trans Femmes”, Them., online publication

2017
“Models of Futurity”, Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility, The MIT Press, print anthology

“Cameos”, Mask Magazine, online publication

2016
“A slave to love?: Mystery of the ‘bride’ and a woman in a pink devil bondage suit spotted clambering the rooftop of prestigious New York City art school”, Daily Mail, online publication

“New York College Moves To Strip Gender Markings From All Bathrooms”, The Guardian, online publication

“New York City College Cooper Union Will Begin To Remove Gender Signs From Its Restrooms”, Mic, online publication

“Cooper Union Removes Gender Designations from Restrooms”, USA Today, online publication

“Transgender Rights: The Fight For Gender Neutral Toilets”, The Week, online publication

2013
“¡Que Lastima!”, Big Red and Shiny, online publication

2011
”Life Drawing Class”, BUTT Magazine, online publication

Awards

2018
The Medici Prize For Excellence in Art, School of Art Faculty at Cooper Union
Service To The School Award, Student Affairs at Cooper Union

2013
Recipient of Full Tuition Scholarship, Cooper Union