Yara Travieso is a Brooklyn based Cuban-Venezuelan artist drawing from a kaleidoscopic Latin American womanist lens. Embracing a magical-telenovela-queeralism, her films, performances, and protests are informed by lived and inherited stories of impossibilities, corrupt machista governments, healing spirits, natural disasters, and melodramatic humor. Travieso is a 2021 NYSCA grantee, a United States Artist Fellow, a Creative Capital recipient, & a winner of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Grant via The Ford Foundation. Her performances have been featured in NYC’s Park Avenue Armory, Lincoln Center, Performance Space NY, The Public Theater, The Knockdown Center, The High Line park, Opéra National de Lorraine France, New World Symphony Center, & EMPAC among others. Her film works have been presented with Film at Lincoln Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, PBS, Miami Film Festival, SXSW, Museum of The Moving Image, as well as commissioned by Google, Hermès of Paris, Glamour, GQ, & I Am An Immigrant among others. In 2019 she collaborated with The Women’s March and Chilean Feminist collective LASTESIS to bring their anti-rape & femicide performance protest to 25k women in front of the White House. Travieso co-founded and ran the Borscht Film Festival until 2010. She received a Dance BFA from The Juilliard School in 2009 & is currently on faculty at Juilliard leading a Film and Performance course. Travieso has led talks and lectures with: The Ford Foundation, The Park Avenue Armory, MoMa, BAM, NYU, The New School and many others.