bio

Vreni Michelini Castillo aka CHHOTI MAA

b. Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico 1988

Migrant since the womb and born in front of Mercado Hidalgo besides the taqueria “El Paisa” in Guanajuato, Gto. V Michelini Castillo migrated to the U.S. as a child forced by the post-NAFTA exodus. She moved through Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Peru, Qatar, Ghana, Puerto Rico and California. V is an artist, musician, writer, bruja, emcee and educator with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA from UC Berkeley. She has been been a working artist since 2007.

She is currently based in the Bay Area and Guanajuato and works for Richmond Art Center, Youth Speaks and Southern Exposure. V is part of two collectives: Aguas Migrantes and Brujalyfe. Aguas Migrantes is a collaboration with artist Susa Cortez, through which they offer an annual summer artist residency and a series of free workshops in rural and urban Guanajuato. Brujalyfe is a collaboration with emcee and educator MADlines through which they offer workshops, healing circles and music events.