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Karla Rosas

New Orleans, Louisiana

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant or residency application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.

About Karla Rosas

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Karla Rosas (they/she) is KARLINCHE, a Mexican-born illustrator, painter, and language justice worker based in New Orleans by way of Cut Off, Louisiana. Karla is undocumented, and their art explores immigration and illegality as an ongoing experience shaping one’s encounters with family history, land, self, gender, and the divine. Karla’s work has been part of numerous campaigns locally and nationally, including the Flowers on the Inside postcard campaign in partnership with CultureStrike, United We Dream's Immigrant Made zine, and banner-making collaborations with el Congreso de Jornaleros and the NOLA Peoples’ Assembly. In 2019, they were one of eight artists nationally to be awarded the Define American Immigrant Artist Fellowship. Karla’s art has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, The Nation, and Salamander Magazine. Currently, Karla is working on a chapbook of poems and drawings titled Desahogando: an Undrowning.

Program Participation

Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2022

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In my view, even well-intentioned depictions of migration in the United States often treat immigrant persons as flatly-political objects that go through a linear process of being confined, processed, documented, saved, legalized. My visual art instead recounts my undocumented experience as a series of vignettes that focus on the spiritual and existential condition of living in a body deemed ‘woman’ and ‘illegal.’”