Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra (enrolled Maya-Lenca / El Salvador) is an emerging anti-disciplinary post-modern folk artist, curator, and civic artist working in the intersections of art, culture, community, and equity. Her practice includes visual art, music, dance, and performance with an emphasis on Latinx/Indigenous art methods, the experimental, and the political. Her work lives in the Nepantla or in-between of Christianity and Indigeneity and explores iconography, propaganda, Decolonization, and Liberation Theology.
Rebekah co-founded Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Art and Music collective and gallery, where she serves as Artistic director. She is passionate about the intersection of High Art and Low Art and providing opportunities for accessibility, visibility, and artistic excellence for Latinx/ Indigenous artists. She works collaboratively via Electric Machete Studios on Creative PlaceKeeping initiatives (an anti-gentrification approach long used by POC and Indigenous communities towards healthy communities).
Rebekah writes and performs original music as Lady Xok. She has exhibited, performed, and curated throughout the Twin Cities, collaborating with many arts organizations including Penumbra Theatre, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, All My Relations Arts, & Art Shanty Projects. She is self-taught, family-taught, and studied studio art at St. Olaf College and Holtekilen Folkehøgskole in Oslo, Norway.
Rebekah's current projects include HOBT's PuppetLab Fellowship where she is creating a Maya magical realism play, piloting the public art intervention Mayan Calendar Project to revitalize star-watching traditions, designing a piece for Forecast Public Art and the Flint Hills Children's Festival, curating with Electric Machete Studios, and recording a Lady XOK debut music EP. She is currently exhibiting work at the Miikanan Gallery in Bemidji, MN and at Artista Bottega in St. Paul. Recently she hosted a pre-show panel discussion with Electric Machete Studios at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts on contemporary pre-columbian fusion music with Curandero. Rebekah is participated in Penumbra Theatre's My America Project, with upcoming readings as part of the Let's Talk Series and on MPR. A 2018 recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant, Rebekah will lead the inaugural Artist Take Over Series at the M (Minnesota Museum of American Art) with a month long open studio and performances following their grand reopening in fall 2018.
MN Artist Page | http://www.mnartists.org/rebekahcrisanta
Past Work | www.rebekahcrisanta.com
Music | https://ladyxok.weebly.com