El La Katrina is a Xicanx multimedia and multi-practice artist born in Wisconsin with rootedness in Visual Arts and Hip Hop cultural practice through Bgirling and Spoken Word. Their work addresses the meaning of boundary-spanning, border-crossing, and binary-breaking through interrogating the way colonial systems, hierarchical institutions, gendered constructs and conquer & divide tactics have hurt indigenous communities and natural ecosystems globally. The art doesn’t stop at interrogating these unhealthy practices. The work goes beyond interrogation and seeks to offer solutions, healings and hope in calling forward a (re)claimed and (re)imagined future rooted in joyful ways of being and ancestral teachings.
El La Katrina is a graduate from UW-Madison. While at UW-Madison, El La Katrina served in multiple roles including the Arts-In-Education Director for OMAI & First Wave as well as the Co-Director of Breakin’ The Law: International Festival of Urban Movement and co-created InterCultural Dialogues (ICD), a “For-Students-By-Students” undergraduate course in Sociology.
After moving to Chicago, El La Katrina served as the Community Programs Director for RedMoon Theater and was later hired as a consultant for The B-Series at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago where she also served as B-Series Internship Coordinator & Associate Curator. Before becoming a full-time artist, El La Katrina worked as the Chief Operating Officer of The Firehouse Community Arts Center in the Chicago neighborhood of North Lawndale to assist in building the capacities of the organization in their inaugural year of funding with the Chicago CRED Program under Arne Duncan to achieve a transformative reduction in Chicago gun violence with justice involved youth where she successfully made organizational and process improvements that lead to securing a second year of funding at $1.2M. Currently, El La Katrina runs their own artist studio in Chicago under the name GIRL ILLA Tactics.