Maya Pen

Maya is a community-taught interdisciplinary artist based in New Orleans. Her work gives voice to personal and collective histories through mythology and magical realism across mask-making, photography, film, writing, and more.

Maya’s recent creature photography and mixed media art has been displayed at galleries such as the Southern Exposure gallery (San Francisco), Bark gallery (Berlin), and Staple Goods gallery (New Orleans). Her writing appears in publications such as Tilted House Review and Metal Hurlant. She has had the pleasure of participating and learning from local programs such as New Orleans Film Festival’s Emerging Voices fellowship, and is a recent winner of South Pitch, where she received the Warner Brothers’ Innovation Hub award for her feature length screenplay, “Flammable Water.”

Through her work as co-director with film production collective Studio Lalala, Maya seeks to provide free studio space, equipment access, and film education for photographers and filmmakers of color. Through her work with Cooperation New Orleans, she helps organize the support of Black and Indigenous worker-owned cooperatives. Maya also serves on the editorial staff for the literature collective Tilted House.

Driven by a commitment to community and capturing the magic within the mundane, Maya’s many upcoming projects all revolve around the creation of new mythology in conjunction with community organizing. She is grateful for the opportunity to curate over 175 works from local artists for the new art-centeredd short term rental, The Mary Beth.


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