hazel batrezchavez (b.1994-Shelby, Ohio-Shawnee Territory) received their Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art and Anthropology from Grinnell College in 2017. Since then they have been a part of various group exhibitions and pop-up shows in the United States, specifically in California, New Mexico, Iowa, and most recently México City, and Michoacán, México. batrezchavez is a recipient of the Center of Fine Arts, Dean’s Travel Grant Award, Anything Arts Grant and of both the 2019 StoryMaps Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Their work bears witness to the places where individuals are asked to perform their identity. In highlighting microaggressions faced by someone who is racialized in crossing borders, inverting practices of authority and focusing on the historical violence of language. They draw parallels between the united states southern border, police brutality and the institution as systems of oppression that take up space and silence certain humans. Their work is built as a reaction to the current cultural landscape they navigate and moves freely between written word, large scale sculpture, textiles, performance, and video installation.