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About Me:
Maya Escobar is a performance artist, Internet curator, and editor. She uses the web as a platform for engaging in critical community dialogues that concern processes by which identities are socially and culturally constructed. She performs multiple identities, sampling widely from online representations of existing cultural discourses. Her identifications as a Latina-Jewish artist, dyslexic blogger, activist and educator are indexed by the blogs she keeps, the visual and textual links she posts, the books, articles, and blog posts she cites, the public comments she leaves, and the groups she joins.

Escobar received her MFA from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited work in Spain, Guatemala, United States, Germany, and Venezuela.

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Acciones Plásticas プリクラ

Acciones Plásticas プリクラ is a collaboration between St. Louis based artist Maya Escobar and San Francisco based artist Rio Yañez

The Latina Hipster

The Latina Role Model

The Homegirl

Maya Escobar is a Guatemalan-Jewish digital media and performance artist, currently living in St. Louis. Her work addresses… Continue

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 2:08pm — 3 Comments

Identity Issues Affecting Puerto Rican Girls: An Artist Speaks

Repost of Identity Issues Affecting Puerto Rican Girls: An Artist Speaks

In her essay The Myth of the Latina Woman/ Just Met a Girl Named Maria, Judith Ortiz Cofer describes her Puerto Rican upbringing in a strict Catholic home in New Jersey, where she was taught to behave like a proper señorita. Cofer explains that the conflicting messages she received as a child, were those commonly propagated by Puerto… Continue

Posted on March 29, 2009 at 2:12pm

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At 11:25am on February 11, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Maya you are adorable, What a personality! Congrats on your showing at the Bruno Gallery....
At 10:55pm on February 7, 2010, Julieanna Trejo said…
Hola, Maya Anytime! And thank you too....
At 3:00pm on December 19, 2009, Victoria Delgadillo said…


In March 2010, there will be a series of events in Mexico City, Mexico, Los Angeles, California, and other cities, meant to be a ritual of mourning for the femicides in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua: Art as a pathway of opposition and resistance to violence.

We invite you to be part of this initiative of art activism. Below is the link to the blog we have dedicated to this and where you will find the Call for Entries. This invitation is open to all individuals, groups, organizations, artists and activists. The events in March 2010 will include awareness raising creative workshops, intervention actions, plays and performances and the exhibition of the art work received through the call for entries and the resulting art from the workshops.

For those who do not live in Mexico City or Los Angeles metropolitan areas, we invite you to organize your own community activity during the same month of March, 2010. It could be an Art Exhibit, a book discussion, a movie screening, a poetry reading, etc. We ask you to include the original title of this event “A Prayer for Juarez,” and to send us your schedule, and later on, photos and documentation, to be included in the blog.

To include your event, or for any kind of issue related, please write to us:
In the US:
In Mexico:

Creating protest art transcends culture and gender. We are united in a larger community of like-minds and humanitarian goals. We thank you in advance for your dedication and your prayers for the women of Ciudad Juarez. NI UNA MAS!

At 7:59am on April 5, 2009, Theresa said…
Hi Maya,

I recently received this newsletter and thought of your video work. I will post more details in the blog. Just thought I'd pass it along.
At 11:31pm on March 29, 2009, Griselda Tello said…
Very interesting goes deep into so many issues.
Thanks for including me in your circle of friends.
At 8:47am on March 24, 2009, Theresa said…

After I watched your videos Latin Role Model and Video Reel, I found myself intrigued as to your motivations for putting together such powerful performances.

Traveling through your websites and resume, I was at first confused and then relieved to see I was reading about one person! I actually needed to stop reading your blogs so I can get going with my day!!! :)

As an educator and person of mixed heritage myself, I just wanted to tell you... your sharing of your personal complexity is much appreciated. I would hope that you are finding many people in your life who are able to a learn from your work and passionate drive. (I think you have!) But more importantly, that you are able to take pride in the fact that your ability to communicate with others through your art is strong and resonates.

Keep creating and many blessings to you along the way, what a wonderful journey.
At 9:41am on March 16, 2009, Maria Sanchez said…
Maya, have always enjoyed your videos. I think what you are doing with stereotypes really puts it out there in your face.

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