Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, Texas. Ariana holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies from UT Austin as well as an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for ten years.
Ariana's work investigates queer Black personhood, affirmation and care for Black gender marginalized people, and loneliness. In January 2020, Ariana released Sana Sana, her debut poetry chapbook from Game Over Books. She has also recorded a digital EP titled LET US BE ENOUGH, available on Bandcamp.
Ariana has performed her work and led writing workshops across the country at venues such as the Killeen Natural Hair and Health Expo, Harvard University, Tucson Poetry Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Theatre. When she is not onstage, she is probably eating an avocado, listening to Brandy, or validating Black girl rage in all its miraculous forms.
Multidisciplinary Visual Artist graduated from the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Autonomous University of Nuevo León.
Her work has been inclined towards photography, graphics, installation and video. The fascination for observing the world has led her to rethink the everyday as a starting point where anything can happen. Questioning reality, photographing dreams and exploring the infinite imaginary that accompanies the human, are the constant lines of work in her work.
Mexican performer and video artist. Fina Ferrara has performed in MARCO Museum, MUNE Museum, EL CENTENARIO Museum, and FAMA Contemporary Art Fair, in Monterrey, Mexico. She has also exhibit photographic registry of her performances in ART3F International Contemporary Art Fair in Paris (2019), Gaudi Gallery in Madrid, Spain (2019 and 2020), Marbella Contemporary Art Show (2020), as well as in Puerta Rosa Museum in Mexico (2020).
Some of her video art pieces have been shown in Bogota Experimental Film Festival in Colombia, Fringe Arts Festival in Philadelphia, NoNation ArtLab in Chicago, FIVA Almagro in Spain, VIDEOBARDO in Argentina, and for Agite y Sirva Touring Festival presenting in Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Puebla, Mexico, and in Paris, France.
Fina is well known for her ability to capture the viewer ́s attention, transporting the audience to those uncomfortable places that induce to questioning social structures and standards, as well as the senseless suffering of human existence.
Irene Antonia Diane Reece
Irene Antonia Diane Reece, identifies as a contemporary artist and visual activist. Born and raised in Houston, Texas. She earned her BFA in Photography and Digital Media and MFA in Photography and Image-making. This year Reece is a recent recipient of Black Rock Senegal Residency in Dakar, Senegal and will be exhibiting at the 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, in Casablanca, Morocco, and their solo exhibition Home-goings at Galveston Art Center, in Galveston, TX.
Reece’s photographic works, appropriated films, usage of text, and found objects create an insight into her world. The topics surrounding her work are racial identity, African diaspora, social injustice, family histories, re-memory, mental and community health.
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Natalia Rocafuerte is a xicanx experimental video and sound artist exploring dreams as narratives of self. Rocafuerte has exhibited at the 2018 Young Latinx Artists at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX as well as being featured in Remezcla for "Top 40 Latinx Texas Artists to Know in 2020". Natalia is interested in the phenomenology of dreams, video aesthetics, experimental mediums, rasquachismo and waking life. She grew up on both sides of the Rio Grande Border in Tamaulipas and Texas and became a naturalized USA citizen in 2019.
About the curator:
Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, currently residing in Austin, Texas.
She started working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey supporting the Exhibitions department, in 2004, since then, Treviño has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities, and has held every position imaginable in the industry, both in Monterrey and Austin, curating being her main focus.
In 2009 she founded The Projecto looking to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions, hosting international artists and collaborating with different local institutions to enable dialog and community enrichment. Currently, she’s working as an independent curator, a Co-curator, and Project Manager for Graham Reynold and Golden Hornet's MXTX, Board Member of Unlisted Projects Artist Residency, and the Curator and Director of Programming at Big Medium.