Briana Calderón Navarro

Artist based in Brooklyn

At age 15, I attended my first protest with my father. Since then, I have been an advocate for many issues involving education, environmental justice, immigration, and decolonization. I moved to New York City in 2012 to study political science and studio art. I am finally nearing the end of this educational track. My creative practice includes painting, writing, video, and performance art.

Currently, I produce a ︎video essay about what it feels like to be a student at the City University of New York. This work reveals challenges I encounter at Hunter College but also connects to problems at other campuses across CUNY.  On a macro-level, I believe in the need to transform higher education. I use performance, humor, and critical thinking to advocate for the rights of students, professors, and campus staff.

As a response to COVID-19, I have been supporting my ︎community through a variety of iniatives. This includes delivering food to families, creating care packages, and advocating for immigrant detainees.