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Katrina Santiago (Katrina)

Community engaged arts, Contemporary visual arts, Creative Industries/ cultural+ social business, Heritage, Journalism, Marketing, Writing
Artist (writer/performer/filmmaker/visual artist etc), Curator, Educator / Facilitator, Policy/ research
Capacity building for arts sector, Economic opportunity, Rights
Meeting Point 2021, Meeting Point 2022
People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action-PAGASAph
Katrina Stuart Santiago is an independent writer of the essay in its various permutations, from art reviews, cultural criticism, and popular iconographies, to political commentary and opinion, to creative non-fiction. She’s written for mainstream and fringe publications, in print and online, exploring possibilities of form and expanding on content, given particular readerships. Her criticism fuels her activism, seeking practices that delve into systemic dysfunctions and institutional crises, and championing a lived feminism interested in questions of inequality and privilege. She has taken part in various projects in Southeast Asia and Asia that have deepened her understanding of common crises and urgent solidarities across the region. She founded PAGASA-People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action towards forming a new civil society that forges issue-based solidarity across diverse sectors. The core of all her work is built upon telling silenced stories and seeing through willful blindness.

She is co-owner of the small press Everything’s Fine, is teacher of writing and criticism at the College of St. Benilde-School of Design and the Arts, and contributing writer for various publications. In 2017, she published two books of cultural criticism with the Atene de Naga University Press entitled Romances: Variations on Love and Rebellions: Notes on Independence. Her book of creative non-fiction, Of Love and Other Lemons, was reprinted in 2020. In 2021, she became the only writer from the Philippines chosen to take part in the Association for Women’s Rights in Development’s Feminist Journalist Project, a global cohort of 15 journalists that seeks to co-create stories based on lived feminisms.

She has been writing at since 2008, and is @radikalchick online. **
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