Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle works as a socially engaged and time based media artist in the Rio Grande Valley along the US/ Mexico border. Her work places special emphasis on issues of equity, decolonization of the imagination and productive fictions. Houle works collaboratively with communities to build bridges and shift realities.
Houle has performed at The Second City Chicago, Movement Research and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant and the Andy Warhol Foundation/ Diverse Works Idea Fund Grant and her collaborative project with Las Imaginistas was awarded an Artplace America Creative Placemaking Grant in 2017. In 2018 thier project Taller de Permiso will work to demystify the permitting process for small business owners and examine how colonialism influences norms of municipal permitting, thereby impacting economic and cultural development.
Her video immigration protest project Migration Patterns During Wartime: Exodus was exhibited in Alabama, California, Texas, Mexico and the Netherlands. Additionally Houle has completed residencies at Mildred's Lane (PA) and SOMA, Mexico and in 2018 she will complete a residency at Santa Fe Art Institute as part of the Equal Justice program.
Houle holds a MFA in Visual Art at Columbia University and an EdM in Education from Harvard University. While at Harvard she co-founded the Harvard School of Education Anti-Racism Coalition, served as the Senior Digital Editor for the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and worked as a Digital Correspondent for Spare Change News. As a producer and educator Houle has worked with Creative Time, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, 596 Acres and More Art. At Grand Central Neighborhood Drop-In Shelter (NY) she served as the first Director of Creative Programing.
Houle moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2015 to work as the first Creative Placemaking FELLOW for the design justice nonprofit, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. While in that position she matched artists with activists to address community development needs in the City of Brownsville. In 2017 Houle was named the Interim Executive Director of the Brownsville Museum Arts. There she produced events, exhibits and educational programing to advance equity and the arts in the lower Rio Grande Valley. Her work there included the screening of RISE (courtesy of VICE CANADA) for Indigenous People's Day, live streaming of Creative Time's annual summit, Remembrance, Resistance, and Resilience, an exhibition to commemorate100 years since the state sanctioned violence against Mexican Americans along the US/ Mexico border and the launch of two new educational programs that emphasized socially engaged art and cultural education within the cirriculum and pedagogy.
Houle is the Network Weaver for the Equal Voice Network of the Rio Grande Valley. The organization is funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and overseen by the ACLU of Texas.