Meet The Team
Negarra A. Kudumu / Founder & Director
Negarra A. Kudumu is an independent scholar, published writer, and healer working at the intersection of art and healing with a focus on contemporary art from the Pacific Northwest, Africa, South Asia, and their respective diasporas. She holds the title of Yayi Nkisi Malongo in the Brama Con Brama lineage of Palo Mayombe; she is a lay person in the Pimienta lineage of the Lukumi spiritual tradition; a practitioner of Muerterismo, Espiritismo Cruzado, Conjure, and also a level II Reiki practitioner.
Her curatorial expertise includes a curatorial residency at Bridge Productions where she curated work by the Seattle artist Mike Wagner, in an exhibition titled From Fool to World / Works by Mike Wagner . In 2017, Negarra co-organized the group exhibition Back Stories with Mariane Ibrahim,director and founder of the eponymous gallery, now headquartered in Chicago. Negarra regularly lectures, participates in talks, and moderates panels on various topics relating to contemporary art. Over the past four years, she has been invited to speak in Calgary, Toronto, Amsterdam, and Harare on a range of topics most notably arts education, artistic practice, and alternative artistic, pedagogic, and cultural praxis. Negarra received her MA from Leiden University (2006) and her BA from Dartmouth College (2001). In January 2021, she completed a curatorial course organized by the Lisbon-based arts organization HANGAR taught by independent curator Azu Nwagbogu. Negarra lives and works in Seattle where she is Curator at the Center for Contemporary Art (CoCA).
Cristal Trujillo / Assistant to the Director
Constantly inspired by her radiant community, Cristal Trujillo is a Latinx digital artist born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is currently finalizing her undergraduate career at the University of California Berkeley where she is studying art history, and ethnic studies with an emphasis on Latinx/Chicanx history. Hoping to create a safer space for women of color and gender-non conforming individuals at Berkeley, she has facilitated several classes called "GenSex" that focus on students’ experiences with the intersections of gender, sexuality and identity.
Cristal has previously worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, and enjoys visiting museums often during her free time as well. Besides viewing artworks, you can also find Cristal supporting local East LA businesses by trying pupusas and tacos at different locations every week! She believes that Latinx cuisine is just another form of art to be admired and adored.