Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Associate Director, Arts & Media

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Marlène Ramírez-Cancio is Associate Director, Arts & Media, at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Housed at NYU, Hemi connects artists, scholars, and activists, forging spaces of creative inquiry and critical practice that enliven struggles for justice in the Americas. In her role, she heads up the curation and production of Hemi’s large-scale, biannual Encuentros, which gather about 700 participants in different cities throughout the Americas; curates HIDVL, a growing digital video library that archives and circulates the work of politically engaged artists; directs EMERGENYC, Hemi’s emerging artist program focused on art and activism; initiated and runs Hemi’s Artist Residencies for local NYC artists; and has co-created initiatives like the Helix Queer Performance Network, supporting queer artists of color and fostering intergenerational mentorship. Marlène is also co-founder and co-director of Fulana, a Latina satire collective collective whose videos have been shown internationally at film festivals, museums, and universities, and whose members lead satire and parody workshops for emerging artists. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Performance Network and the Center for Artistic Activism’s Advisory Board. In 2018, she curated “Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance,” a live art series presented at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 exhibition.