Photography Clients

The California Sunday Magazine | The Intercept | Vogue | Google | The Atlantic | ProPublica | The Guardian | Pop-Up Magazine | Slate | Magnum Foundation | Vox | The Nation | Buzzfeed News | Food and Wine Magazine | Remezcla | Amplifier Art | Harness | Obey Giant | La Liga | Girls Like Us | The Current | Contemporary Art Review LA


2019   Magnum Foundation Photography & Social Justice Fellowship
2019   National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Leadership Institute


Visual Arts, M.F.A. (2023)
University of California San Diego

Latin American Studies | Communications, B.A.
University of Texas at Austin

African Diaspora in Central America
UT-Austin Research Program
Bluefields, Nicaragua

Indigenous Social & Political Movements
UC-Davis Research Program
Chiapas, Mexico

Grants  |  Awards

2020    Strategic Enhancement Excellence through Diversity Scholarship, awardee
2020    Competitive Edge Research Fellowship Award
2018    Lucie Foundation Independent Photo Book Award, awardee
2018    Women Photograph Workshop, selected
2018    Authority Collective, The Lit List, awardee
2018    Lucie Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, shortlist
2018    Photobook Biennial of Cork, Ireland, selected
2017    National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Mentorship Grant, awardee
2016    Fotoseptiembre Exhibition Choice: La Pulga, awardee
2016    Luminaria Public Arts Grant, awardee
2015    FilmInitiativ African Film Festival, official selection  
2013    Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Collaboratory Scholarship, awardee
2012    Lozano Long Institute of Latin America Studies Academic Scholarship, awardee


En Mi Piel: Colorism & Latinidad, La Liga Zine, print. 2018
Femme Frontera, Homie House Press, print. 2017
La Pulga, Deep Red Press, print. 2017
Óptica Magazine, print. 2016-2017                
Mujeres en Medio, co-founder & editor, digital. 2013-2017

Film |  Videography 

2020    Director of Photography
            Documentary short directed by Sarah Garrahan (in production), Los Angeles, CA
2020    Camera Operator
            Woman of the Water documentary directed by Tahila Mintz, Sonora, Mexico
2016    Director & Videographer
            Sagrada Feminina documentary short, Veracruz, Mexico

Arts Education 

2020     Guest Teaching Artist
              Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA    
              Lesson Plan/Project: Icons

2019      Lesson Plan Developer
              United Photo Industries, Annenberg Space for Photography
              Lesson Plan: Not So Basic

2017     Teaching Artist & Curriculum Developer
-2019    Las Fotos Project, Los Angeles, CA
             Classes: Esta Soy Yo: 
Portraits of HomeFLOW, Power of Pink,
             Esta Soy Yo: 
Imprints, Esta Soy Yo: Inspirational Migrant Women                   

2018     Guest Teaching Artist
             Club Balam, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
             Session: Documenting Water Issues

2017     Guest Teaching Artist
-2018    The Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
              Sessions: Photographing Community, Portraiture and Empowerment,
              FLOW: A Discussion on Water

Speaking Engagements

2019   Radical Listening & Passionate Observation Workshop, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL
2019   Artist Talk, The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls, St. John the Divine, New York, NY
2019   Las Fotos Project presents Flow, The International Day of Forests, United Nations, New York, NY
2019   Artist Talk & Photo Workshop, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2019   Mediums: Storytelling as Art, Dept. of African American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
2019   Process & Place: Artist Panel Platica, La Plaza de Culturas Y Artes, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Power of Pink Artist Panel, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018   Damaged: Exhibit Roundtable, Los Angeles, CA
2017   How We Do It: Conversation with Women Photographers, The Main Museum, Los Angeles, CA  
2016   La Pulga: Artist Talk, R Space Gallery, San Antonio, TX  
2016   Latin American Communication, Research in Transitions Conference, TAMIU, Laredo, TX
2014   Women Narratives and Dismantling Power Structures, Illustrating Anarchy & Revolution Conference, University of Texas at Austin, TX


La Pulga  |  Harvard Library Special Collections, Cambridge, MA
We the People - Defend Dignity  |  Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Femme Frontera  |  Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
La Pulga  |  Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Femme Frontera  |  Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX
La Pulga  |  Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX
My Mother's Passport  |  Department of Arts & Culture, San Antonio, TX  
Photography of Oaxaca  |  MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX


2017  Book-Making & Independent Publishing
          Homie House Press, Washington, DC
2013  Political Graphics Archiving
          Museo de la Palabra Y La Imagen,
          San Salvador, El Salvador
2012  Printmaking with Mario Guzmán
          Espacio Zapata, Oaxaca City, Mexico

Solo Exhibitions

2021  Metro Photographic Lightbox Series presents Caricias, Metro Station, Los Angeles, CA   
2020  Haitian Soccer in Tijuana: Images of Club Haiti, F.C., Espacio Migrante, Tijuana, Mexico
2016  La Pulga curated by Lady Base Gallery and r.l. Rodriguez, R Space, San Antonio, TX

Group Exhibitions

2020   #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
2019   Dissent: Zine Culture (And the Voices You Wouldn't Hear Otherwise), University of Texas at Austin, TX
2019   Photoplay, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2019   Women & the American West curated by Women Photograph, Photoville, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Remedios Sagrados, Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2018   R.E.S.P.E.C.T., Lower Eastside Girls Club, New York, NY
2018   The Lit List curated by The Authority Collective, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY
2018   Mirame Bien curated by Rudy “Bleu” Garcia, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2018   Fotografia y nuevos medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX
2017   Entre Orillas: Borderlands Photography, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX
2017   Mi Comida, Mi Cultura curated by Sean Fitzgibbons, Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2017   East of Center: Locals In Focus, Luminaria Arts Festival, San Antonio, TX
2016   SATX | MX: Un viaje lleno de cultura, Centro de Artes, San Antonio, TX  
2016   Multiples: Artists Within Our Midst, Galeria Guadalupe, San Antonio, TX  
2015   Soy Mujer, Espacio 1839, Boyle Heights, CA  
2014   Illustrating Anarchy and Revolution, MexicArte Museum, Austin, TX  
2013   LLILAS Student Photo Exhibit, Benson Latin American Collection, Austin, TX

Experience  |  Internships

2020            Vogue & Magnum Photos Square Print Sale
2017-2018   Collaborating Artist
                     Obey Giant, Los Angeles, CA                    
2016-2017   Collaborator & Creative Consultant
                      We the People Campaign, Amplifier Art                
2015             Digital Photography Curator
                     San Anto Cultural Arts, San Antonio, TX                
2014            Administrative Assistant
                      Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Heights, CA  
2013-2017    Co-founder & Editor
                      Mujeres en Medio |  
2012-2013   Audio Archive Intern
                      Human Rights Documentation Initiative
                      LLILAS & Benson Collection, Austin, TX  
2012-2013   Co-founder & Producer
                      Radio Libre, KVRX
                      University of Texas, Austin, TX                
2012-2013   Community Organizer
                      Workers Defense Project, Austin, TX                
2007-2011   PR Coordinator & Culture Programmer
                      Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, CA


Harnes/We Will Harness, participant
Women Photograph, member
The Authority Collective, member
Espacio Migrante, board member

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