Jessica Ofelia is a visual geographer and storyteller based out of Houston, Texas. Coupled with her background in journalism and social justice organizing, she uses photography as a way to document and reimagine immigrant narratives, particularly that of the Central American Diaspora. Her interests include urban political economies; religion and sexuality; diasporic identities; and volcanoes. She is the co-founder of Mujeres en Medio, an online media collective for women of color. In Spring 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.

EDUCATION

Master of Journalism, Photography, University of California, Berkeley
Expected Graduation: May, 2020

2013 Bachelor of Arts, Geography, University of Texas, Austin

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Diffused Reflections, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, San Francisco
2017 Queer Grito, Esperanza Center, San Antonio
2017 Creative Women Unite: Labels, BlueOrange, Houston
2016 Explicitly Chingona, East End Gallery, Houston
2015 The Art of Revolution, East End Gallery, Houston

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Witness the Isthmus: Central Americans in Houston, The MATCH, Houston

AWARDS

2017 Individual Artist Grant, Houston Arts Alliance

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

2018 Amid Rampant Wage Theft in Post-Harvey Reconstruction, Immigrant Workers Take on Disaster Recovery Giant- and Win, The Intercept
2018 6 Creatives Carving Out a Space for the Salvadoran Diaspora, Remezcla
2018 These Joyous Photos From the World Series Parade Capture Houston Bouncing Back, Remezcla
2017 A Glimpse into the Life of a Selena Tribute Artist, Remezcla
2017 Helemozão Fotopoesia is a Brazilian Photo Project Centered on Black Joy, Love and Excellence, Remezcla
2016 Brazilian Photographer Felipe Dana Reveals the Beauty and Brutality of Life in Rio’s Favelas, Remezcla
2016 We Talked to 5 Young Bahia Artists Fighting to Keep Their Cultural Institutions Alive, Remezcla

SELECT PRESS

Guevara, Yeiry. This Photo Series is a Moving Tribute to Houston’s Central American Community.Remezcla
Diaz-Hurtado, Jessica; Contreras, Felix. Amidst Political Tumult, Salvadoran Artists Across The Country Discuss Their Work. NPR Alt Latino
Marquez, Yvonne. How Queer and Trans Women Are Healing Each Other After Hurricane Harvey. Autostraddle
Simon, Yara. This Photographer Is Documenting Houston’s Often Overlooked Central American Population. Remezcla