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Damariz Damken

b. (1997)

Damariz Damken is a self-taught multidisciplinary artivist whose work explores border (frontera) landscapes and identity to reclaim and deconstruct border imaginaries as an approach to process the trauma and open wounds of our past as it exists in the present among us.

Born and raised on the US-Mexico border between McAllen, TX and Reynosa, Mexico the subject matter of her work traverses the esoteric and liminal spaces of embodied trauma, geography, ritual, femininity, memory,  longing, and violence that exists within their in-betweens


B.A.  Latin American Studies, Global Liberal Studies concentration in Politics, Rights, and Development, New York University (2019)​


Awards & Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Art Emergency Grant, (2022)

Schwarzbach Global Impact Award, New York University, (2019)

Zake Morgan Memorial Award for Excellence and Originality in an Honors Thesis, New York University, (2019)

Social Impact Grant, New York University, (2019)

NetaRGV Visualize your Resistance Artist Grant, (2018)


Alma de Barro - CPR Open Studios, Center for Performance Research, New York City, NY. (2022)

Trenzadas - CPR Sunday Salon, Center for Performance Research, New York City, NY. (2022)​

Endless Blue Poetry Salon Vol. 6, Bowery Poetry Club, New York City, NY. (2022)​

Dia de Muertas, Hosted by Feminist Heights & Undocumented Women's Fund, The People's Forum, New York City, NY (2021)

No Me Pongan en lo Oscuro (Do Not Bury Me in Darkness) Action No. 3 with Cuquita the Cuban Doll, Museum of Modern Art, New York City,  NY. (2020)

Llevame al Rio, In Honor of Our Roots Residency, Hosted by RadicalLoveConsciousness, Langston Hughes House, New York City, NY. (2019)

EmergeNYC 2019 Cohort Works in Progress Showcase, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Abrons Art Center, New York City, NY.​ (2019)​​

Sin Fronteras I, Exhibition + Fundraiser with ArtHoe Collective, Spicy Zine & Yellow Jackets Collective, 8 Ball Community, New York City, NY. (2018)

Curation & Direction

Encuentro en la Frontera Bi-National Art + Activism Festival, Rio Grande Valley, TX. (2019)

Building Bridges of Solidarity, Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Arts Center, Brownsville, TX. (2019)


Esferas Issue 9. Trazar el Archivo: "The Art of Resistance"

Performance is Alive: "Layers of Erasure"​​​

Texas Monthly, "We Exist, We Have Voices, We Have Stories’: A New Festival Confronts the Borderland’s Complexity"

The Ink NYC "Protestors March in Solidarity with Migrant Caravan"

Fronteriz@ 360 Podcast, Art, Activism and La Llorona

The Rational Creature Vol. 5 The Displacement Issue



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