Helen Peña is a Black feminist storyteller and cultural organizer from Miami, Florida. She uses photography, graphic design and zine-making to interrogate the effects of colonization towards the Black female body. Her artwork explores race, gender, sexuality, spirituality, and memory. In times of social uprising and struggles for justice, she believes the role of the artist is to be grounded in community, telling stories of solidarity among all oppressed peoples and radically imagining life-affirming futures.
In 2017, Helen co-founded (F)EMPOWER. Throughout her years leading the collective, she has curated and produced several art shows, steered digital campaigns, led public art interventions, facilitated political education bootcamps, workshops, and panels, co-founded a community garden, a community bail fund, a Black queer diasporic party, and more.
For 2 years, Helen worked in digital communications for racial and economic justice organization, the Dream Defenders. While there, she used art to amplify political organizing, by using photo, video and graphic design to breathe life to political campaigns, transforming their social media and digital presence.
Currently, she is producing her first short film, Celeste, a documentary and impressionist film about sex workers in Miami and co-creating Third World Feminist School, a political education space connecting feminist organizers in Miami to decolonial struggles of the caribbean, Latin-America, and the global south.