Itzel Basualdo was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Thinking about belonging, place, and “systems,” as a Mexican-Argentinean-American, her work seeks to destabilize hierarchies of power, race, and gender through the defamiliarization of popular culture. She received a BFA from Florida International University in 2017 and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2019. Select solo exhibitions include: “One Picture Show,” The Photography Gallery at BBC, Florida International University. She has participated in group exhibitions at LOOP Barcelona, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Doral Contemporary Art Museum, the NSU Art Museum, School of Visual Arts, and has forthcoming exhibitions at Heaven Gallery, among others. Her writing has appeared in The Acentos Review, Creative Nonfiction magazine, Ginger Magazine, [PANK], and her poem “I send you cariño at night” nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Basualdo is a recipient of the SAIC Graduate Curatorial Fellowship, Graduate Dean Scholarship, and two travel grants from the school. In 2020 she received a Redbull Arts Microgrant and Oolite Arts Creator Award for her interactive sound project Guerilla Transmissions, a collaboration with Rohan Ayinde. She is also a recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Award (2020).