Catherine Feliz is an interdisciplinary artist and medicine person born and raised in Lenapehoking territory [New York City] to parents from Kiskeya Ayiti [Dominican Republic]. An entanglement with archival research, disarming apparatuses of violence, and earth based healing inform their practice. They work to reclaim ancestral technologies that have been systematically erased by drawing from multiple disciplines to unearth histories and make space for decolonial futures.

After almost 10 years of studying and practicing community based herbalism, in late 2020 Catherine launched Botánica Cimarrón. Botánica Cimarrón is a lifestyle brand creating powerful plant medicines and spiritual tools for revolutionary hearts. Inspired by the traditions of Caribbean folk healing, the aesthetics of high romance, and historical experiments in free living, Botánica Cimarrón works to bring earth healing back to the people.

Catherine is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles department of Interdisciplinary Studio. You might also know Catherine as the co-founder of Abuela Taught Me, an Afro-Taino Two-Spirit educational space, and a founding member of Homecoming, a QTBIPOC radical care collective.

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b. 1992, New York, NY, US    

2023    UCLA, MFA Candidate in Interdisciplinary Studio
2017    SUNY Purchase College of Art & Design, BFA in Visual Arts/Photography

solo + two person exhibitions
2021    [Upcoming] Para Reclamar, Articule, Montréal, Québec, Canada

selected group exhibitions + performances + screenings
2021    [Upcoming] We Are All Vessels In Collaboration with Maren Hassinger, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
2020    CYBER HEALING, The Latinx Project at NYU, New York, NY
2019    Temple of Sirius, Group Exhibition, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA
         WE ARE HERE FEST, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
2018    In Transit, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL
         Reading at Chen’s, Brooklyn, NY
         Art in Odd Places 2018: BODY, Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY
         Synthetic Zero, Bronx Arts Space, Bronx, NY
2017     Public Access/Open Networks, URe:AD TV, Gallery at BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
         Every Hundred Feet The World Changes, Group BFA Thesis Exhibition, Purchase, NY
         Virtual Signals, Online Exhibition Presented by The Nest
2016     Brace for Impact, Group Exhibition, Forum Art Space, Purchase, NY
         What Happens When..., POWRPLNT Gallery, Bushwick, NY

awards + residencies
2022     [Upcoming] Triangle Arts Association, New York, NY
2020     Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publication Grant
2018     International Center of Photography Community Fellowship
2017     Summer Forum for Inquiry & Exchange, Kaneohe, HI
         ACRE Residency, Steuben, WI

selected artist talks
2021     Lecturer | Ancient Futures: Reweaving Sacred Connections With Digital Portals, Speclog
          Space at Center for Design Research, Hamburg, Germany
2020     Panelist | CYBER HEALING: Digital Space as Safe Space, The Latinx Project NYU, New York, NY
2018     Lecturer | Art & Archives, Teen Curators, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY
          Lecturer | BARTALK #11: The Living Archive, The Hague, Netherlands
2017     Panelist | Shapeshifting Practices, Open Engagement Dinner Series, Brooklyn, NY
          Panelist | A Live Filming of URe:AD TV "The Show", Gallery at BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY

2020     where will i be buried*?, Flux Factory, Long Island City, NY
2019     Mutant Dust Bunnies, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, IL
2018     Panel | Diasporic Print Spaces, Contemporary Artists Book Conference at NY Art Book Fair, Queens, NY
2017     BLACK FUTURES, co-curated with Taylor Montague, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

2021     [Upcoming] When Eye Land, Artist Book, Published by Printed Matter
2019     You Will Survive This Rape Trial, Artist Book
2016     Archive of a Maroon in Translation / Archivo de Una Cimarrón en Translación, Artist Book
         Cimarron Spirit, Photography book for the 2015 documentary film directed by Ruben Duran

selected press + texts
2020     New York Times | Swipe Through Activist Guides Are the New Zines
          Remezcla | ‘Where Will I Be Buried*?’ Is a Virtual Exhibit Exploring Death & Grief for Queer BIPOC
          Brooklyn Rail | On-the-Spot with Catherine Feliz
          Atmos | Going Black to the Land During a Global Crisis
2019     Artblog | A Shrine to Black Divinity, Temple of Sirius at Da Vinci Art Alliance

selected experiences
2016     Film, Video, and New Media Archive Intern at Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY
2016     Artist Assistant Intern at The Laundromat Project, New York, NY
2015     Studio Intern at Wangechi Mutu Studio, Brooklyn, NY
2014     Curatorial/Collections Management Intern at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY

public collections
2019     Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture / NYPL
           Library at the International Center of Photography