milan & karmella

Multidisciplinary Artists

Milan Franco Orosco (he/they) is an artist living on the stolen and occupied lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh nations. Milan’s art practice explores altar-building as spaces for gathering, storytelling, and building relations with land. Drawing from complexities of the Filipinx immigrant experience, Milan’s determined to bridge anti-colonial and anti-capitalist teachings to counter western hegemony amongst their Filipinx community and beyond. Through trauma-informed care, they believe that collective art-making can play a role in multi-generational healing.

karmella cen benedito de barros is an afro-indigenous care worker and artist, born and raised in diaspora as an uninvited guest on the stolen & unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. they are a tired two-spirit afro-brazilian & treaty 6 Mistawasis Nêhiyawak plant lover, youth worker, sporadic artist and poet. a co-founder of the art ecosystem collective and a member of the Indigenous Brilliance collective, karmella aims to collectively play, unravel and heal in the role of artist/curator/organizer.