FAYLITA (she/her/they/them) is a queer Afro-Latinx activist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist born in Gardena, CA, but raised in Central Texas. They are the former Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, a 2020-2022 Texas Touring Artist, and the author of HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and others. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Tin House, Lambda Literary, Jack Jones Literary Arts, Broadway Advocacy, and the Right of Return USA, the first fellowship designed exclusively for previously incarcerated artists. Hicks received an MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada University. They are represented by literary agent Annie Hwang of Ayesha Pande Literary and Pande Lecture Management.
Haydee Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist based in Juarez/El Paso. She completed her MFA in Jewelry and Metal from the Royal College of Art and earned a BFA in Metals and Sculpture from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Her work has been included in the Texas Biennial, New York City Jewelry Week, Munich Jewellery Week and has been acquired by the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. She has exhibited in institutions such as The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles, the Women’s Museum, Dallas, 516 Arts, Albuquerque and Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands,
Currently, Haydee designs/fabricates contemporary jewelry for her brand AYAYAY! and continues to develop various conceptual bodies of work where she continues to explore creative solutions for a divided space.
Daisy Quezada Ureña is a visual artist and educator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Within her practice, she integrates clay and social engagement as a process of resistance and resurgence. She talks to identity and place in relation to social structures that cross imposed borders. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally: Denver Art Museum, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Icheon Ceramics Festival, and Hubei Institute of Fine Arts. A co-founder of Present Cartographers, a collective invested in creating platforms for artists working within themes of immigration and land, they recently published Terreno: Borderland Linguistics and bosque brotante.
D.E.E.P. is an internationally-known writer, educator, activist, performer, and Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World, Her most recent poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination and was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award and an honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. A German translation, under the title "Berichtenswert," is set to be released in Fall 2021 by Elif Verlag. She lives and creates in Houston, TX. For more information visit LiveLifedeep.com
Amber Doe holds a BFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a recipient of the 2021 Abbey Awards Fellowship and a recipient of 2017 and 2016 Lyman Fund Grant. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Museums, Seattle, the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, The Irwin House Gallery, Detroit, The LeRoy Neiman Art Center, New York, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, Amsterdam, La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, MCLA Gallery, MA, and a solo performance exhibition at The Thief Hotel, Oslo.
Ana is a singer/songwriter and producer originally from Colombia who started her career in the Colombian heavy metal scene. After moving to Austin, TX she became interested in traditional Latin music. Since then she’s been performing locally in different acoustic ensembles. At the same time she developed her studies in music production and started working on her solo project, developing a very personal approach to her craft. She is also the cofounder of two music projects. The first is 1020 Music Lab, a company dedicated to creating music for audiovisual projects, advertising and institutional videos. And the second is RadioCasetera.com, a digital media project dedicated to creating podcasts, interviews and articles for Latin America.
Sean Paul spent 17 years in NYC building his art career while working in costume and fashion industries. His work was acquired by the Albuquerque Museum for their permanent collection and exhibition “American Jewelry of New Mexico” 2018. He won third place Best of Show at the Amarillo Art Museum’s Biennial 600: Textile + Fiber 2019. A 2020 recipient of the Fulcrum Fund and ArtistRelief.org emergency grants. Gallegos is currently studying tablet and tapestry weaving as both an evolution to his sneaker sculpture practice and a connection to his paternal lineage of New Mexican weavers. Gallegos has been an Albuquerque based artist for 9 years.
Christian Gering is a multi-media artist hailing from Katishyta (San Felipe Pueblo) and the Pi’pil people of El Salvador. His creative inspiration is linked to his passion for movement. As a professional mountain runner for Salomon, he takes his experiences of running up peaks, down arroyos, and across a variety of landscapes and translates those feelings, emotions, ideas, and visions and manifests them into the physical world. A creative in motion leaving behind imprints of imagination and inspiration.
S. Erin is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and scholar. Author of Glory to All Fleeting Things, this year she is also a 2021 Jack Straw Writers Fellow and 2021 Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Writer in Residence. Her other recent honors include fellowships from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference–Rona Jaffe Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Puerto del Sol among other decorated journals.
Andrea was born and raised on the California coast. Urban environments rich with murals and diversity influenced her early palette and affection for community histories and social justice. After she received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley in pre-law, she was able to commit to her purpose in the arts. As a Chicana, she found home in Santa Fe - a place that values multiculturalism, multilingualism and cultural heritage. To date, she produces artwork and installations that focus on ecological relationships, and aspects of transformation. She is represented by King Galleries and uses bold mark making to proclaim her reverence for the lands and elements of the southwest.
Diego Medina Diego is from one of the original families from the historic Mesquite district, the old Pueblo for the Piro-Manso-Tiwa tribe near Las Cruces. The tribe was formed from all of the Native communities that were living together in the missions of Paso del Norte—the area between Juarez, Mexico and Las Cruces—which included a distinctive and special fusion of various Indigenous cultures that were either living in the region already, or brought to the missions, often as slaves. Diego mixes mythology with elements of prayer to create visual narratives, often accompanied by poetry, that supplant the cultural history and imagery within the present landscape. Diego has worked both as a public school teacher and as a museum educator for the past 6 years. He currently works at the Indian Arts Research Center and also designs and photographs for Shy Natives, a Native owned clothing company. instagram: @daydreamboy
Shayla is a documentary/commercial photographer, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Growing up in California, Shayla had little exposure to her Native heritage; this sparked a curiosity within her that continues to propel her work today. Her mother’s genealogical investigation was a launching pad that began her journey to establish a connection with her ancestors and their ways of living. “It can be difficult to take a vision from paper to finished project. I have the ability to help people tell their stories and providing that service is a way to share instances of beauty with the world.”
Jeremy Thomas grew up in the Midwest. In High School he participated in the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute working with renowned artists, Deloss McGraw, and Robert Zakanitch/Rahway. He holds a BFA from the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, where he interned with artist Tom Joyce. His inflated sculptures are included in institutions such as the Albright-Knox Gallery and the Fredrick Wiesman Art Foundation. He has produced public commissions for organizations such as the University of Arkansas, and the W C Bradley Corporation, and had solo exhibitions in places such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Munich. Jeremy is currently working on his first solo exhibition in the Republic of Korea and is represented by five galleries on three continents.
Lynnette Haozous is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe (Chiricahua Apache), and is part Diné, and Taos Pueblo. She grew up living on all three of her tribal nations, learning a unique blend of perspectives, intersectionalities, traditions, and experiences. She works in paintings, murals, installations, community art workshops, and previously acting on stage and film. Haozous has a Bachelors of Social Work degree and often blends her social work and art through teaching. Haozous is currently exhibiting at MOCNA in Santa, Fe and the Harwood Museum in Taos. Haozous is also currently doing a year long apprenticeship, mentored by artist, muralist, Nanibah Chacon, through the Native Arts and Culture Foundation Fellowship 2020.
Julia is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX, whose work teases profundity and absurdity from the everyday and examines the relationship between the intimate and the public. Her performances, videos, installations, and works on paper have been exhibited throughout the United States and in Latin America and Europe and her residency awards have included the Santa Fe Art Institute, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, and Lawndale Art Center. In 2019, she received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures to co-create MantecaHTX, the nation's first online directory of Latinx creatives. In addition to being a studio artist, Barbosa Landois has also worked as a professor, exhibitions coordinator, grant writer, garden educator, and math tutor.
Jaewook is an artist, writer, amateur scientist, semi-philosopher, and sometime curator. Lee is the founder and director of Mindful Joint, an annual symposium that focuses on non-hierarchical knowledge sharing in contemporary art. Lee has participated in exhibitions, talks, performances, and screenings at Hong-Gah Museum in Taiwan, Art Sonje Center in Seoul , the Guggenheim Museum in New York, MEINBLAU Projektraum in Berlin, among others. Sculpture Magazine featured the oeuvre of Lee’s work in May 2017. Lee received MFAs from Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Visual Arts. Lee previously taught at the University of Chicago, the School of Visual Arts (SVA), and SUNY Old Westbury. Lee is an assistant professor of New Media Art at Northern Arizona University.
Arista has a BFA in photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. After completing a BFA, she attended the College of Art and Design at Lesley University where she obtained a MFA in Fine Art Photography. Since 2016, she teaches full time at the Institute of American Indian Art. She continues to work in alternative photographic processes and approaches while tackling large issues in feminine and multi-racial representation, domestic spheres and intimate relationships.
Carolina is a Bolivian-born multi-media artist. Her artistic practice fuses video installation and oral storytelling with fiber and craft techniques. Her work traces flows of capital–cartography, maritime trade, cash crops, and industrial metals– across bodies-of-water from the perspectives of the native, gendered, and racialized bodies that move it. That is, she re-embodies capital exposing how contemporary markets insidiously hide historical oppression. Imperialism to colonialism, and now capitalism. Her installations are minted, projected, gilded, casted, woven, beaded, filmed, stepped-on, and crushed, but always spoken-for and register at various levels of action & passivity, and visibility & representation.
Raised between a mother from South Korea and a father from the Bronx, Cory Feder has always found herself amongst the in between of culture, identity and language. A storyteller at heart, she uncovers the magic hidden in the mundane by reweaving threads of her experience into a fence-less dialect. This excavation takes place in various mediums from drawing and sculpture to music and animation. Existing halfway between America and Korea, Feder has been explicitly marked as “the other”. Her stories explore how one’s relationship to the other is a mirror to one’s relationship to the self. Whether it is between cities, material or the self and other, she operates from a space of perpetual transit, transforming meaning from both public mythologies and personal dreams to communicate in a form that is inclusive of all beings.