Erika Barbosa is an artist, writer and researcher based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a PhD student in Art History, Theory and Criticism at UC San Diego where she writes about the relationship between art, technology and social movements. In the Spring of 2018, she co-curated the exhibit, “To protect and serve? Five decades of posters protesting police violence” with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Culver City, CA. She is an editor for FIELD, an open access journal for socially engaged art criticism. She can also be found teaching design research courses at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA. 

In her art practice, Erika is interested in systems of power embedded in ubiquitous technologies and infrastructures, which blurr the boundaries between public and private, online and offline. Her current work contemplates the urban unplanned of Los Angeles. The way oppressed communities deal with the harsh conditions of an intentionally vapid concrete environment, re-designing the use-cases for vast roads and infrastructure, implementing communal space in places that defy design norms and principles.