Shylah Pacheco Hamilton (born in Kokomo, Indiana, 1976) is an interdisciplinary filmmaker, writer and devotee of Oshun. Her academic research and creative practices meet at the crossroads of digital diaspora and visual culture. Her body of work consists of a string of conversations about racialized and genderded diasporic identiy, ecstacy and agony, and home and belonging through the eyes of the ancestors, warriors, priestesses and healers who walk among us. Dreams, passions, memories, lives in exile, melancholoy and performances of the sacred (ritual summons, response and expression), make their way into her narratives. She frequently interpolates the multiple modes of modality to visually communicate the ways identity and value are rendered complex and fluid for human beings and the bodies we temporarily reside in.
These creative works have shown at many venues including Dok Leipzig, CinePalium Fest, SFMOMA, SomArts, Oakland Underground Film Festival, International Black Women's Film Festival, The Hague, and The San Francisco Black Film Festival, Her writings can be found in Ana Castillo's La Tolteca Magazine, Voices of the Ancestors Calling (forthcoming anthology) and Iyanifa Woman of Wisdom: Insights from the Priestesses of the Ifa Orisha Tradition, Their Stories and Plight for the Divine Feminine. Her current research interests include: Experimental Film, Afrosurrealisms, Afrofuturisms, Transnational, Intersectional and Decolonial Feminist Art Practice, African Diaspora, Creole and AfroXicana Ritual Performance, the Marvelous, the Surreal and the Embodied.
Shylah earned a BFA in Individualized Honors (High Distinction) from California College of the Arts and an MFA in Film, Video, New Media & Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently Shylah is a doctoral student in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spiritualty at California Institute of Integral Studies. She is based in Oakland, California and serves as faculty for the First Year and Diversity Studies Programs at California College of the Arts.