Yudith Azareth Nieto

Residency
Artistic Rising: Climate in Crisis
Type of work
Multidiscipliary Artist and Organizer
Location
Louisiana
Year
2021

Yudith Azareth Nieto is a two spirited (queer) Mexican-American environmental justice organizer, language justice worker, and multidisciplinary artist based in the Gulf South. She is a cofounder of BanchaLenguas Language Justice Collective in Bvlbancha (New Orleans,LA) and part of the core leadership within the Another Gulf is Possible Collaborative. She’s worked in solidarity with frontline communities to create, develop and amplify community-led media and initiatives around just recovery stories, language justice, and artbuilds in solidarity with intersectional movements for a decolonized direct action approach.

Yudith plans to create a series of opportunities for communities to come together to have conversations about the ways we are collaborating to build strong longterm networks of solidarity when natural and industrial disasters happen in already overburdened and impacted communities of color. They will endeavor to create tools for emergency preparedness, just recovery, and relief communication. The short term goal is to get folks together to envision what continued long term solidarity looks like amongst us and create a visual installation or short video/narration where we drive the direction of our story and vision.

With this residency Yudith seeks to create a narration of how these ever changing landscapes remind us of the connections we have to ourselves, language, culture, and each other. Through the sharing of stories she seeks to create collages of sound and visual representations of the interconnectedness of our shared experiences due to the changing climate, landscapes, and political difficulties that forced our migrations. She will also produce a zine to go along with this media project to explain a short summary and possibly connect to an ongoing on the ground effort. The center point of this effort will be the survival stories that emerge from our traumas of having to leave our native regions which now fuel the courage to thrive in a new place and create platforms of engagement for our collective liberation.