My work is rooted in the oral tradition of Indigenous Mexican, American and CHicano storytelling that employs metaphors as storehouses for trans-generational healing. The multidisciplinary, performance driven content and poetry based work, explores the nuances of womanhood, queer sensuality and transnational feminist identity.
My collaborations embody the traditions of border-crossing movements that push the conventions of institutional art and politics through solidarity.
Rebelené Films are produced in the spirit of collaboration and respectful conversations across generations and genres through art making. Without a budget or institutional support, we manifest a shared vision of solidarity and love for art makers who are often marginalized, omitted and historically pitted against one another. Defying the conventions of capitalist market driven filmmaking, the films provide a multi-sensorial experience for audiences through the blending of documentary, performance, animation and sound arts. Original musical arrangements complement an oral narration that weaves together every element in the work into a cohesive piece that encapsulates the visceral experience of the individual poem.
The way I approach and present my work is a guerrilla style that complements my upbringing as a community organizer and political activist. I build partnerships and coalitions with grassroots groups and individuals that bring forth social justice to the forefront of their work and mission. Currently, I am co-director of the 15 year old multilingual Colectivo de Poetas en Nueva York and I coordinate PAPELES, an inter-generational storytelling workshop, for the Justice for Immigrants program at Cabrini Immigrant Services.