Artists & Cultural Workers

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Jorge Díaz Ortiz

AgitArte Artist & Co-Director

Jorge co-founded AgitArte in 1997 and is an editor of the book When We Fight, We Win! He is a puppeteer, popular educator and bicultural organizer with over 20 years of experience. He is deeply committed to working class struggles against oppressive systems, namely colonialism, patriarchy, white supremacy, and capitalism. Jorge is also a founding member of Papel Machete, a collective of radical artists and street theater/puppetry workers dedicated to education, agitation and solidarity work in 21st century Puerto Rico and its Diaspora. Though decisions are made collectively, Jorge’s razor sharp political analysis and understanding guides much of AgitArte’s work. He also provides political and ideological mentorship to our whole team. He received his BA in Mass Communication from Emerson College in Boston, MA. Jorge strives to be a rigorous, organic intellectual and is currently based in his hometown of Santurce, PR.

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Sugeily Rodríguez Lebrón

AgitArte Artist & Co-Director

Sugeily is an active member of Papel Machete and a highly skilled performance artist, puppeteer and visual artist. She has been a force and key cultural organizer on the ground in Puerto Rico as coordinator of Casa Taller Cangrejera, AgitArte’s cultural organizing space in Santurce. Su is a committee member of Titeretada, an annual event that celebrates world puppetry day. She worked as a temporary administrator of Pablo Casals Museum and together with Deborah Hunt administrated Teatro Estudio Yerbabruja until 2011. For more than 10 years she was Program Coordinator for the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico and Festival Interamericano de las Artes in the Corporation of Musical Arts. After Hurricane María hit, Su played a major role in organizing recollecting and distributing aid and food and coordinated with Papel Machete and other artists art workshops and performances with the Centros de Apoyo Mutuo (CAMs). She received her BA in History from the University of Puerto Rico. Su is from Gurabo and currently based in Santurce, PR.

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Dey Hernández Vázquez

AgitArte Artist & Project Director

Deymirie (Dey) is a member of Papel Machete and Curator | Director of the book and now podcast, When We Fight, We WinDey is a bicultural worker, interdisciplinary artist, permaculturist, and educator, and has been a part of several of our most visible projects, including the Cantastoria, If All Lives Matter Cause We Are All Created Equal, Why Are Some Lives More Equal Than Others? in collaboration with Brooklyn-based quilter Sylvia Hernández, and the End the Debt! Decolonize! Liberate Puerto Rico! Scroll project. Issues of race, identity, language, and community are fundamental to her work. Dey is a Board Member of AgitArte and has designed and directed art workshops and projects with AgitArte since 2008. Among her many skills, Dey’s sharp design eye and knowledge of architecture and three dimensional objects are crucial to the caliber of AgitArte’s work. She received her Master of Architecture (MArch) from the University of Puerto Rico. Dey currently lives in Boston where she is a movement artist with Danza Orgánica, a social justice oriented contemporary dance theater company.

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Tina Orlandini

AgitArte Artist & Development Director

Tina is a cultural worker, writer, photographer, and graphic designer from Altadena, CA.  The intersections of culture, community, and solidarity are central to her work and how she moves through the world. From 2012 to 2016 she worked at El Puente, a community-based youth, arts and social justice organization in Los Sures (Southside of Williamsburg), Brooklyn. Tina first engaged with AgitArte and Papel Machete through a collaborative exhibition in NYC of artwork and creative strategies produced during the University of Puerto Rico student movement of 2010-2011. In 2018, she co-curated the exhibit When We Fight, We Win! / ¡Cuando luchamos, ganamos! with Dey Hernández. Tina received her BA in art history and writing from Ithaca College and her MA in Art and Public Policy from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Tina currently lives in New Orleans, LA.

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José Hernández Díaz

AgitArte Artist & Visual Art Director

José has illustrated several award-winning YA novels including Ediciones SM Barco de Vapor’s Antrópolis and ICP’s Consultores de Misterios. In addition to creating much of AgitArte’s visual artwork in the last decade, José created the branding and design with Dey Hernández for the When We Fight, We Win! book, and for the annual Titeretada Festival in Puerto Rico with Javier Maldonado. José is also a puppeteer and has appeared in several of Papel Machete’s performances. José’s illustration work is highlighted in AgitArte’s most recent social media campaign, #DefiendeLaEducaciónPública to support the struggle for public education as well as a campaign which marks the 2nd Anniversary of Hurricane María. He received his BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. José currently lives in Santurce, PR.

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Osvaldo Budet

AgitArte Artist & Producer

Osvaldo Budet is a Puerto Rican artist based in Sidney, Australia. His films, photography and paintings are centered around postcolonialism, colonialism and environmental politics in art. His work is held in both public and private museums and collections in the US, Puerto Rico and Europe. In 2012, he was an artist in residence in the Arctic with the Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research’ His films have been shown in international exhibitions and festivals in San Juan, Tel Aviv, New York and Berlin. He is a co-producer of When We Fight, We Win!: The Podcast and a contributing artist/videographer to the End the Debt! Decolonize! Liberate Puerto Rico! Scroll.

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Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez

Arts Administrator

Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez is an artist, curator and educator, based in-between Borikén and the traditional homelands of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples. Their interdisciplinary artistic practice includes photography, painting, film/video, installation and performance art. They are interested in dismantling colonial systems, otherness, resistance, feminism, and their galactical dimensions. Vázquez Rodríguez has curated, exhibited, lectured and performed nationally and internationally for the last two decades. She was also AgitArte’s 2015 Resident Artist. anabelvazquez.com

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Meghsha Sqawsan Barner

Arts Administrator

Meghsha is a trauma-informed and resilience-focused facilitator, writer, radical legal consultant, and creative project manager currently based in Bvlbancha/New Orleans. A former capital defense and civil rights attorney, they have spent the last decade supporting community in creating alternatives to the carceral system, focused on accountability and healing from harm without punishment or the state. Their work is grounded in dismantling structures of oppression, with a particular focus on racial justice, LGBTQ liberation, and disability justice.

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Kathya G. Torres Vargas

Casa Taller Cangrejera Coordinator

Kathya is from Mayagüez and lives in Río Piedras, PR. Kathya is part of the Papel Machete collective and the Jornada se Acabaron las Promesas (JSALP). In 2017, together with the community, she developed the Pedro Albizu Campos Community Kitchen in Old San Juan and La Perla. During the 2020 earthquakes, she worked with AgitArte in support of the communities affected by the earthquakes in southern Puerto Rico. She collaborated with the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico in the management of the School without Walls in Guánica. Kathya is currently assisting the work of the Casa Taller Cangrejera and the AgitArte Cultural Solidarity and Mutual Support program.

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE / COLLABORATING ARTISTS

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Juan Carlos Dávila

2019-2020 Resident Artist

Juan C. Dávila is a documentary filmmaker and multi-media journalist from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He has directed two feature documentary films: Compañeros de lucha (2012) and Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016). His documentary filmography also includes the short-documentary film, La generación del estanbai (2016). Dávila currently works as a Puerto Rico correspondent for Democracy Now!, and is in the process of creating his new documentary film, Simulacros de liberación. He holds a Bachelor in Arts of Communication from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (2011) and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz (2015).

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Gabriela Álvarez

2017-2018 Resident Artist

Gabriela is a chef and founder of Liberation Cuisine. She cooks in spaces of self-determination, healing, radical change, and cultural preservation. Her work centers around nourishing front-line activists, community organizers, healers, artists, educators.

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Lío Villahermosa

2016-2017 Resident Artist

Lío Villahermosa is a visual artist, dancer of Puerto Rican bomba music and an teacher of both disciplines. He has a BA in Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico. His work transits between visual arts, dance, and performance. Being knowledgeable in traditional forms, he reformulates them, making a commentary on masculinities and gender roles. His story is the focus of the documentary ” El hijo de Ruby” by Gisela Rosario Ramos. His works include the performance “Con la falda bien puesta” (2012), and the art exhibit “Cuarentena y Magestades (2015). Currently, he offers art and dance workshops in his community of Santurce.

Agustín Muños Ríos

Papel Machete Member, 2015-2016 Resident Artist

Agustín Muñoz Ríos is a Puerto Rican musician, singer-songwriter and guitar player. He studied composition in the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He was a member of the board of directors of the Taller de Cantautores cooperative, participating in various recitals in their famed Cafe-Theater in Rio Piedras. He is a founding member of Perros de Pavlov and has been a part of the Papel Machete collective since 2011. He has published articles in print and digital media, including Bandera Roja and Indymedia Puerto Rico, on the political situation and musical scene of his country.

Pluma Barbara Caribe

La Huerta Coordinator

JibaraTaina was born in Lares, Puerto Rico. She is a s sociologist, agroecologist and indigenous activist, promoting and defending indigenous rights as co-founder of “Frente de Resistencia Indigena de Boriken”. She is a part of an alliances with the Native and Latin American Nations. Pluma promotes emancipation through popular agroecology and food sovereignty, co-founding the Movimiento de Agroecologia Popular (MAP). She is cofounder of CETA- Centro de Estudios Transdisciplinarios en Agroecologia, co-founder of APER- Asociacion Puertorriquena de Estudios Rurales and active in the decolonization movement- Jornada: Se Acabaron las Promesas.

Shannon Duncan

2015 Resident Artist

Shannon is a farmer and food advocate from Toronto, Ontario. For five years, she has travelled throughout North America spearheading sustainable food growing systems in diverse environments, from homesteads to urban gardens. Most recently, Shannon acted as the farmer at Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont. She has a Masters degree in Creative Writing and is a qualified Home Economist with the Ontario College of Teachers.

Javier Maldonado

Papel Machete Member, AgitArte Board Member

Javier has an MFA in Printmaking and Painting from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA in Fine Arts from  the University of Puerto Rico. He is a member of Puerto Rico’s Indymedia collective. In 2005, Javier joined the AgitArte project and recently became co-director of the Papel Machete collective. His work has been shown in Puerto Rico, Miami, San Francisco, Boston, Vermont, New York, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Dominican Republic and Cuba. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Fine Arts of San Juan, and an art instructor at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus Museum.