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Raquel Chapa (Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cherokee)

Emerging filmmaker and curator Raquel Chapa recently completed her first short film, Open Season, an experimental documentary concerned with violence against women, made with support from SWAMP/Southwest Alternate Media Project in Texas. She participated in the 2009 Producers Academy of NALIP/National Association of Latino Independent Producers and is currently working on two documentary projects. She previously worked as associate producer on Trail of Tears (d. Chris Eyre), a production in WGBH’s 2009 American Experience series We Shall Remain.

Chapa has been active as a curator and coordinator of media and art exhibitions. She is the programmer for the Association of American Indian Affairs’ annual showcase of short films in New York City and coordinator for Videofest Dallas. In 2008 she co-curated “Native Voices,” a three-gallery art exhibition in Brooklyn. Early work included stints as a curatorial assistant at Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and the National Museum of the American Indian.

In 2004-05 Chapa was Native American curator at the Hemispheric Institute in New York University’s department of performance studies. She worked on the institute’s fifth biennial Encuentro, held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which was concerned with indigenous performance art in the Americas. Tuscarora artist, visual historian, and curator Jolene Rickard and Chapa were guest co-editors of the second issue of e-misférica, the Hemispheric Institute's E-journal, entitled Performing Heritage: Contemporary Indigenous and Community-Based Practices.

Chapa graduated from the University of Houston and received her MA in museum science from Texas Tech, and she currently lives in Texas.

Work featured: Open Season: On the Rights of Native Women