lara pacheco is a Taíno, Boricua Latinx mamita that believes our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. lara’s work is inspired by their own journey of healing from a traumatic childhood of abuse and illness. lara had constantly found herself fascinated by the loose threads of traditional knowledge throughout the world from the privilege of travel and encounters from their grandmother, ‘Tata’ that lived with them.
lara wanted to be an active participant in the preservation and propagation of traditional knowledge, the knowledge of the plants and the earth. As a Latinx, they also wanted to be a part of the accumulated awareness that her ancestors had gained in relation to illness and herbal medicine. lara’s grandmother knew plants in Boriken (Puerto Rico) that could help heal, but somewhere that information shifted in the tides of colonialism and patriarchy, and so they’ve been working to access it again and make that especially available to those most oppressed.