Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra
Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra (enrolled Xinka-Lenca of the Royal Jaguar House of El Salvador) is an emerging Indigenous anti-disciplinary public 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 visual work is rooted in traditional artesanias of Mesoamerica. As an ethnically-mixed and tribally-enrolled Indigenous Salvadoran-Norwegian-American, her works seeks to shift consciousness about immigration and make connections as Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. Looking for the common table, her practice lives in the Nepantla or in-between of Christianity and Indigeneity and explores iconography, propaganda, storytelling, Decolonization, and Liberation Theology of El Salvador.
Rebekah co-founded Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Art and Music cooperative and gallery, where she serves as Artistic director and curator. She writes and performs music as Lady Xok. She has exhibited, performed, and curated throughout the Twin Cities, collaborating with many arts organizations. 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 Star Girl Clan, a Mayan magical realism play, piloting the public art intervention The Mayan Calendar Project to revitalize star-watching traditions, curating with Electric Machete Studios, creating Art Shanty performances and installation, curating community art events, teaching youth, and recording a Lady XOK debut music EP.
About Lady Xok:
Inspired by the original Maya queen, Lady Xok bleeding from the tongue, pulls from folk roots in Latin American Nueva Cancion and American Blues layered with distortion, minor tones, and storytelling. Lady Xok experiments with a mixture of Pre-Columbian Indigenous instruments, rock kits, digital soudns, projections and performance installations. Lady Xok is currently working on a debut album with an EP to release in the near future.