As an AfroBoricua creator, curator, educator, and anthropologist I am here to provide marginalized artists with resources, platforms for community-oriented solution making, and to be an example of a strong Revolutionary Queer man of Boriken and AfroCaribbean descent for those who need one.
My projects address cultural identity, ancestral legacy, giving/receiving love, and knowing true herstory & history. My family, home, community, and our culture have propelled my life’s works. I am collaborating with organizers, collectives, non-profits, and businesses in Bushwick and other gentrified neighborhoods of NYC to bridge inter-community relationships, so we may mobilize together for the sake of progressive community-inclusive city planning, housing justice, and public art display.
I plant seeds of conversation, building bridges, and banding people together to dismantle & refute the mass displacement of Black and Brown low income families. Via love I will succeed.
I am currently creating, exhibiting, interviewing, archiving, and coordinating programming for the Native Caribbean Heritage Preservation Project. NCHPP’s mission is to internationally influence the value for and investment in collecting, preserving, and glorifying stories of community-driven cultural conversation.
After graduating Trinity College with a BA in Theatre & Dance, I performed in works by Anabella Lenzu, Deborah Goffe of Scapegoat Garden, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Carmen Caceres of Dance Action, and Leyya Mona Tawil of Dance Elixr. I studied with George Emilio Sanchez during Hemispheric Institute's Summer 2015 EMERGEnyc Performer's Program.
I have choreographed performances for Ange Noir Café via Chez Bushwick's '24 hour Choreographer's Project', Issue Project Room & the Eden's Expressway Open Performance Series via Movement Research, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance via their Blaktinx 2015 & Out Like That! 2016 Performance Series & Dancing While Black's Masculinities Reborn Series, Gallatin Arts Festival's Black Lives Matter series, JACK, Center for Performance Research, The Moon Show, and The Judson Church Open Performance Series. I was Editor in Chief of OMIT Magazine for Issues I and II. I was Director of Operations for Mi Casa No Es Su Casa: Illumination Against Gentrification Project 2016 and 2017. I am Director of Operations for META BALANCE.
As curator I presented Universal Humyn Love at Make The Road NY, the #NativeBushwick Artist Lecture Series at Brooklyn FireProof, en casa afuera at The Loisaida Center, and PROGRESS in Five Myles Gallery. Coordinating group-led workshops, performances, and discussions as Founder of The Testourmonials Project, I have produced events at Starr Bar, Moodring, David & Schweitzer Gallery, Governor’s Island, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, May Day Space, and Silent Barn. I was a 2016 Artist in Residence with Chez Bushwick. I was the Winter 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at The Loisaida Center. My visual art exhibition titled Restoring the Heart of Ní'Tiñao was part of the Negritude series at Arts East NY Summer 2018. I am currently in communication with Museo De Los Sures and other cultural community centers in the tai-state area to continue the Native Caribbean Heritage Preservation Project.