Elyla Seed Awards recipient

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  • Racial justice
  • Indigenous rights
  • Gender equality
  • Free expression/civil society
  • Sexual/queer expression
  • Reexamining history


  • Photography
  • Artistic Research
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Performance
  • Theater
  • Video Art
  • Visual Art


  • Nicaragua
Elyla is a non-binary performance artist and activist from Nicaragua. While their artistic background is rooted in theatre, it has evolved to broadly encompass LGBTQ+ activism and community organization. They presented their work at IX/X Biennial of Nicaragua, IX/X Central American Biennials, and the XII Biennial of Havana, Cuba. Elyla is also a co-founder of Operacin Queer collective formed by Nicaraguan academics, artists and activists to create trans-feminist and de-colonial reflections in the Central American region. Their artistic practice centers around the tensions surrounding identity politics, nationalist cultural identity, colonialism, queerness and otherness.