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Ana Paula Teixeira is a Brazilian/Puerto Rican nonbinary queer filmmaker and photographer whose work captures the escapism of the queer community in the Caribbean. Their use of mysticism and the divine gaze empowers the beauty and history of queerness through esoteric points of view. They visually attempt to explain the wonders of this world with narratives rooted in folklore and ancestral storytelling set in a contemporary Caribbean landscape. Ana also documents the underground queer community around them using film photography. Their work has been published on Refinery29, Paper Magazine, Ladygunn, and Subvrt Mag. They hold a B.A in Digital Film Production from Sagrado Corazon, and their senior film thesis "Divina Gracia" was nominated and won honorable mention Puerto Rico Queer Film Fest.
Notable Mentions
February 2017 Modeled and Wrote for Curated By Girls 
► December 2018 Featured on the Woes of Being a Weirdo of Color zine by Odiosas
► March 2019 Featured on Paper Magazine for their work with Skate Mamis collective
► July 2019 Featured at the "Mad Rad Soft" group show at the Waller Gallery
► September 2020 "Divina Gracia" 2019, a short film directed by Ana Teixeira, wins at Black Femme Supremacy, wins honorable mention at the Puerto Rico Queer Film Festival.

► December 2020 "Sacred Puta" Exhibition at Albania Galeria