10 Undocumented Artists You Should Know (and Support)

All ten of these artists will be performing with many others at  “We Never Needed Papers to Thrive: An Undocumented Art Showcase” Friday, February 17 at the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory in Los Angeles. RSVP on Facebook.

DJ Zacil
DJ Zacil

Zacil Pech, also known as DJ Sizzle is a undocumented DJ out of Boyle Heights. As a DJ, she curates events that bring joy to her undocumented community. She is the resident DJ for Chingona Fire, one of the largest Latina open mics in Los Angeles.

Hear more Zacil’s work on her Soundcloud.

Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellowship and the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writer’s Award, his first poetry collection Unaccompanied is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.

Read more of Javier’s work at PoetryFoundation.org.

Kemi Bello
Kemi Bello

Kemi Bello is a Nigerian-American undocumented Poet. She hopes to explore the many facets of the undocumented experience through writing and narrative-building as activism. She is an alum of the University of Houston, where she received a B.S. in Economics.

See her perform on YouTube.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, poet Marcelo Hernandez Castillo emigrated from Tepechitlan with his family in 1993. He earned a BA at Sacramento State University and is the first undocumented student to earn an MFA at the University of Michigan.

Read his work on Buzzfeed.

Julie Yeeun Kim
Julie Yeeun Kim

Julie Yeeun Kim  is an undocumented singer/songwriter who is based in Los Angeles, CA, and a student at CSULB. Her mission is to address issues of social justice by musical means and to speak to an entire generation of the displaced, disenfranchised, and disenchanted. Her forthcoming single, “Scars,” as well as her full musical debut, is scheduled to release within the coming weeks… So stay tuned!

Listen to her music on YouTube.

Armando Ibañez
Armando Ibañez

Armando Ibañez is an undocuqueer filmmaker and activist from Guerrero, Mexico. He has been living in the United States for over 16 years and lives in Paramount, California with his mother and two siblings. Armando is involved in the LGBTQ and immigrant rights movements and is an active member with Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. His passion for film began at the age of 7 years old while watching Mexican cinema from the 1950s. Currently, Armando is the director and writer of the online series “Undocumented Tales,” a story that follows the journey of a Mexican undocumented and queer server living in Los Angeles. He is committed to portraying authentic Latinx characters and address real issues impacting immigrant communities in the United States.

Watch Undocumented Tales on YouTube.

Soultree
Soultree

Soultree is a creator and community collaborator rooted in love and liberation. Born Stephanie Camba, Soultree’s poetry, stories, songs, and spirit supports moveMeants locally and transnationally. Born in the Philippines and raised in the Marshall Islands, Soultree is a cultural Cambanationofthangs.

Listen to Soultree on SoundCloud.

Alexa Vasquez
Alexa Vasquez

Alexa Vasquez was born in Oaxaca, 1989 and migrated to the Unites States in 1991. She is a poet and clothing designer drawing inspiration from her culture and community.

Felipe Baeza
Felipe Baeza

Felipe Baeza, born in Guanajuato, Mexico, is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with printmaking painting and collage. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2009, and is currently an MFA Candidate in the Painting/Printmaking program atYale School of Art. Lives between Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT.

See his work at  felipebaeza.com.

 

 

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