2021 Define American Creative Fellow: Kenia R. Guillen - Define American

Kenia R. Guillen

New York, NY


Kenia R. Guillen (b. 1994, El Salvador) is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She was born in Los Achiotes, a rural town of Chalatenango, where she was raised before migrating to Long Island, New York. Her cinematic practice is in conversation with processes for personal integration, using narrative to acknowledge intergenerational trauma. Inspired by myths and legends, she’s interested in the power of personal memory as archive, how to write rural life and peoples into cinematic memory, and how to honor the mystical and supernatural as reality.

A 2019 Open Society Fellow, her work has been exhibited in Tragame Luz Festival, Galería de La Raza, El Museo de Los Sures, Open Society Foundations, Icaro Film Festival, and by QKED Media and NYU APA Institute. Guillen is also a co-founder and producer at Tierra Narrative, a Central American multi-media production house, creating spaces for transnational conversations and collaborations between the Central American diaspora and the homelands. (She/her.)

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