Shylah Pacheco Hamilton (born in Kokomo, Indiana, 1976) is an interdisciplinary filmmaker and writer. As a devotee of Oshun, Shylah is a member of Ile Orunmila Oshun under the tutelage of Chief Yeye Luisah Teish Iyanifa Oshun Miwa Fajembola Fatunmise. 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 gendered diasporic identity, ecstasy and agony, and home and belonging through the eyes of the ancestors, warriors, priestesses, and healers who walk among us.
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 and teaching interests include Experimental Film, Afrosurrealisms, Afrofuturisms, Transnational, Intersectional and Decolonial Feminist Art Practice, African Diaspora, Creole and AfroXicana Ritual Practices, the Marvelous, the Surreal and the Embodied.
Shylah earned a BFA in Individualized Honors (High Distinction) from California College of the Arts, an MFA in Film, Video, New Media & Animation from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. and an MA in Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice from California Institute for 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.