Dalila Paola Mendez is a first generation Indigenous queer Central American artist. Combining modern and ancestral narratives, she explores indigenous connections as a way to reinterpret and navigate issues confronting communities of color. Through painting, printmaking, photography, and murals she visually narrates stories of resilience, elders, lgbtq, matriarchs, and our environment. Her work is influenced by her grandmother’s matriarchal line of wisdoms and knowledge. She is currently working on a series of Huipiles (Woven Blouses) depicting different contemporary social justice narratives.