Photo by John Galayda
I am a Colombian-born interdisciplinary artist based in Jackson Heights, Queens (New York). My main medium is photography and my practice ranges from urban interventions to community-based projects exploring issues of identity, labor, gentrification, aging, environmental justice, mass consumption and immigration.
I am a member of the Social Justice Artists Collaborative and co-founder of Hibridos Collective, Queens-based artists and advocates working to re-envision spaces using public art. The collective is organizing the first Jackson Heights Arts Festival and a series of pop-up art events to engage local artists, neighbors and community organizations in a conversation about issues impacting the community.
I was a teaching artist at the International Center of Photography (ICP) where I worked with underserved youth in partnership with The Point and National Geographic. At ICP, I also worked with the Friends of Island Academy mentoring young adults transitioning from the criminal justice system using photography and writing.
I was selected for the Queens Council on the Arts’ Individual Artist Initiative and the New York Foundation on the Arts’ Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. I was an artist-in-residence at The Laundromat Project’s Create Change Residency program and the Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide program sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department for Aging.
Community projects and cultural organizing
Voice from Ridgewood: Our Stories Through Art-Making
Portraits from the Underworld [Retratos desde el Inframundo]
Jackson Heights Art Festival