hazel batrezchavez (b. 1994) (they/m) is a brown queer artist, organizer and educator whose praxis revolves around creating spaces for individual and collective agency. Their generational work is a collaboration with their families' brown generational experiences of forced migration from El Salvador and Mexico to the United States. Their work moves freely between performance, poetry, sculpture, sound-video installation, and textiles. Currently in the studio they have been asking themselves: What does it mean to create from a place of hope?
batrezchavez received their BFA in Anthropology and Studio Art from Grinnell College, and their MFA in Sculpture from the University of New Mexico. Since then, they have curated, organized, and been a part of various group exhibitions and pop-up shows across the United States, México City, Michoacán, and Costa Rica. batrezchavez is also the recipient of several residencies and fellowships, including the Santa Fe Institute Story Maps fellowship, SOMA Artist Residency, and Exceptional Visual Scholar Award. Currently they are the artist-in-resident at Radford University and a part of the fronteristxs, an artist collective fighting for migrant justice and the abolition of the prison industrial complex. As well as Granadina co-op, a queer, BIPOC worker-owned cooperative that offers design services, political educational workshops, and consulting services in creative strategy.
email: hbatrezchavez (at) gmail (dot) com
“Escucharon?/ Es el sonido de su mundo derrumbándose. Es el del nuestro resurgiendo.” (Did you hear?/ That is the sound of your world crumbling. It is the sound of ours reemerging.) - Zapatistas 2012 Declaration