Natalie Falero Vázquez                                                                                                                                                                                     San Juan, Puerto Rico

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Natalie Falero is an interdisciplinary artist that works through the mediums of performance, installation, video and photography. She took on interest in the arts when she was pursuing her BA in Journalism at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in 2012, where she began working through the medium of photography. She continued graduate studies at the San Francisco Art Institute where she completed her Master of Fine Art in Studio Art, and received the Anne Bremer Prize Award for Best MFA Exhibition 2017 at The Old Mint, San Francisco.

Highly invested in understanding the body as a communicating tool to interact with cultural and social constructs and how meaning is translated to the audience, she examines the body as site of activism and reinvention that processes trauma among acculturation and social-political conditions. Her work explores social injustices related to discrimination of race and gender, and colonialism. Through ritualistic acts, she dismantles traces of identity by marking territory with her body. She accesses the body's poetic language in pursuit of the processes that speak to the experience of breaking free.