As an AfroBoricua multidisciplinary artist and educator I am here to ensure resources for marginalized artists, platforms for community-oriented solution making, and to be an example of a strong Revolutionary Queer man of Boriken and African descent for youth who need one.
My projects address cultural identity, ancestral legacy, giving/receiving love, and knowing true herstory & history. I am engaging with organizers, collectives, and businesses in Bushwick and other gentrified neighborhoods of NYC to bridge native & non-native residents, so we may mobilize together for the sake of progressive community-inclusive city planning and housing justice.
I intend on planting seeds for 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.
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, The Moon Show, and The Judson Church Open Performance Series.
As curator I presented the Universal Humyn Love Series at Make The Road NY, the #NativeBushwick Artist Lecture Series at Brooklyn Fire Proof, en casa afuera at The Loisaida Center, and Progress in Five Myles Gallery. I was a 2016 Artist in Residence with Chez Bushwick. I am the Winter 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at The Loisaida Center. I am currently curating and organizing group-led workshops, performance and discussion series as Founder of The Testourmonials Project.
Photography by Melanie Gonzalez
*Fiscal Sponsorship - The Testourmonials Project accepts cash, credit, and in-kind donations via fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas*. A fiscal sponsor is a New York State nonprofit organization that applies to NYSCA on behalf of individual artists or unincorporated arts organizations or groups. The fiscal sponsor accepts responsibility to serve as a fiscal conduit for a NYSCA-funded project, receiving and disbursing funds related to the grant, and administering the requirements throughout the NYSCA grant process, including final reporting of grant activity. The unincorporated artist or group completes the project activity.