I'm an artist, cultural organizer, and researcher. I support grassroots movements and organizations by working with front-line communities to produce collaborative public projects and creative direct actions that advance campaigns and shift dominant narratives.
Since 2009, I have worked most closely with City Life/Vida Urbana, a racial and economic justice organization composed of homeowners and tenants facing displacement through foreclosure and gentrification. The group has organized eviction blockades, rent strikes, and building occupations in an effort to reclaim low-income tenants’ and homeowners’ right to the city. I have developed a collaborative methodology that draws on traditions of popular education, cultural organizing, and socially engaged art. Each site-specific project developed with City Life/Vida Urbana—including video installations, projections onto bank buildings, installations in occupied spaces, DIY publications, and low-power FM broadcasts from within sites of struggle—constitutes a poetic reimagining of place and a grassroots intervention on sites of power. These projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, VICE, Creative Time Reports, Hyperallergic, and The American Prospect.
My research, teaching, and writing emerge out of my politically committed artistic practice. My thesis, "Taking Place: Contemporary Art and the Tactical Occupation of Space," examines the ways in which artists and cultural practitioners in North America have staked claims to the land through performance and public intervention.