Gabriela Ceja is a socially engaged artist born and raised in Mexico City living in New York. Her work investigates the impact of labor in social psyche by amplifying trajectories and narratives of workers and doing intersubjective practices looking to de-alienate spaces and relationships.
In 2010 she started the project Labor inventory, which explores working environments creating interactions with construction workers, janitors, costumed characters, cooks, retail, domestic workers and many other forms of precarious labor. In 2016 she investigated labor conditions in factories at the Industrial area of Ecatepec, one of the most poor, violent, and highly contaminated and areas in Mexico. Since 2014 she collaborates with her partner Fran Ilich at the Diego De la Vega coffee Co-op, a project of alternative economy that seeks to create financial flows in order to support the zapatista autonomous communities.
Believing that in art and education can empower people and communities, she has created a number of cross disciplinary programs combining art and social sciences in urban and rural areas. Since 2016 she produces video, photography and narrative projects to help describe and communicate lives and conditions of immigrant workers in New York City, connecting art with the labor movement in order to generate more powerful organizing strategies collaborating workers centers, unions and community based organizations.
She currently attends the Labor Studies MA at CUNY where she conducts a research project on indigenous immigrant workers in New York City.