Board Member
Associate Director, Arts & Media
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
New York, New York

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio


Housed at NYU, the Hemispheric Institute (Hemi) connects artists, scholars, and activists, forging spaces of creative inquiry and critical practice that enliven struggles for justice in the Americas. In her role, she heads up the curation and production of Hemi’s large-scale, biannual Encuentros, which gather about 700 participants in different cities throughout the Americas; curates HIDVL, a growing digital video library that archives and circulates the work of politically engaged artists; directs EMERGENYC, Hemi’s emerging artist program focused on art and activism; initiated and runs Hemi’s Artist Residencies for local NYC artists; and has co-created initiatives like the Helix Queer Performance Network, supporting queer artists of color and fostering intergenerational mentorship. Marlène is also co-founder and co-director of Fulana, a Latina satire collective collective whose videos have been shown internationally at film festivals, museums, and universities, and whose members lead satire and parody workshops for emerging artists. In 2018, she joined the Center for Artistic Activism’s Advisory Board, and curated “Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance,” a live art series presented at the Brooklyn Museum in conjunction with the Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 exhibition.