Co-Creating the Archive: Bárbara Ochoa Responds to Essence Harden

Artists in Residence at Destiny Arts Center visited the Visions into Infinite Archives exhibition to add their voices to the archive through creative responses.

Bárbara Ochoa responded to Essence Harden’s Fix Yo’Self a Plate with the poem below.

Essence Harden

Essence Harden’s Fix Yo’Self a Plate

Ritual Interruptions

steam floats across my breath
as the scent of home fills my chest
this pot of gold
filled with tamales alone
is a free quick trip to the motherland
but by entering the kitchen
without her permission means that
these ritual interruptions
are all unknown
i put the lid back on

- diaspora

Bárbara is a kuir Guatemalan Indígenx hailing from the barrios of Los Ángeles. They are a transdisciplinary artist and writer who explores identity, displacement, and the concept of home through the lens of vulnerability. Follow their healing process through #performingwhilewounded via their Instagram.

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The Emerging Artist Residency is a 3-month paid residency at Destiny Arts Center that cultivates the artist growth of LGBTQQI2-S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit) identified performing artists ages 18-24. Led by mentor teaching artists, Indira Allegra and India Davis, residents work through a collaborative process to create solo and group performances that include storytelling, spoken word, movement, and theater. The residency culminates in a community showcase on April 22nd and 23rd

The Queer Emerging Artist Residency is specifically designed for LGBTQQIA2-S identified artists of color and their white allies who are interested in utilizing art and performance as tools for social change.