Coralina Rodríguez Meyer

  • Visual Arts
  • Brooklyn, NY

Born in a car in the Everglades swamp, raised Ital & Tinkuy (queer) between Homestead, FL, and the Caribbean, Coralina is a mixed-race, indigenous Andinx (Muisca/Inca) Miami & Brooklyn-based Quipucamayoc artist and architect whose research and activism targets structural violence in American mythology. Spanning 20 years and 30 countries, their full spectrum cultural curandero work engages neighbors to build civic agency with Ancestral Intelligence. Translating their practice across archives, academia, architecture, and barrios, Coralina has built skyscrapers, taught at Hispanic Serving Institutions, and organized communities with multi-sensory direct action. To rebuild our abject democracy after the 2016 election, Coralina motivated thousands of nationwide participants in the Arpilleras Americanx project to create sanctuary city flags with social & environmental justice leaders, then bore them at hundreds of protests as performances of citizenship. Coralina’s decades-long Mama Spa Botanica sanctuary workshop collaboratively creates Mother Mold fertility effigies to restore divinity & dignity to her unvanquished LGBTQIA+ BIPOC neighbors using mummification, botánicas and collaborative medicine with doulas, healers, historians, herbalists to restore reproductive health habitats for low income, colorful immigrant communities that nurtured her. Their recent exhibition at the University of Maryland was reviewed in the Washington Post.


“I’m honored to share space with other advocates of color who have equally dedicated their lives to progressive movements. It would be life altering to meet with representatives whose legislation and policy could directly flow resources to the grass roots organizations I work with in South Florida targeting environmental and reproductive health work. As an artist who has shown at the Smithsonian in the past, I would be honored to meet with acquisitions teams about collecting my work. Finally as an architect, I would be honored to meet with the delegates of the US Latino museum to share ideas on ways the project can reach across generations and begin construction on the mall.”