Tracey Noelle Luz is an artist and activist celebrating and encouraging the tenacity of people to imagine and manifest their own liberation.

Between 2009 and 2010, Luz directed “They Will Be Heard” a feature length documentary on Cuban metal band Escape. After shooting the film in Havana, Luz returned to the states and co-founded UnBlock the Rock to bring Cuban heavy metal to the United States for the first time in history.  Joining forces with film producer Monica Hampton (He Named Me Malala, Fahrenheit 911, Tickling Giants), writer David Peisner, and legendary metal guitarist Alex Skolnick of Testament, they successfully brought Escape from Cuba to perform at SXSW in 2013 when the relationship between Cuba and the United States was still under a 59 year old blockade.

In 2016, she created “Unapologetic Women“, an open liberation testimonial photography project for women to unapologize for events or aspects of their life that hold them back. Luz collaborated with participants to design a portrait of a new, unapologetic women.

Between 2010 and 2018,  she worked as a videographer and photographer, having her work published in Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed. She also created Honey and Moon Photography with with Eric Harvey Brown, a wedding and family photography company.

In 2016, she formed Pounding 40’s, a Bikini Kill cover band that decided to start writing their own music after Trump was elected. They transformed into the 50ft Furies and their debut album, Miss America President, written in the chaos and confusion of the Trump administration, is sadly still relevant today.

Since returning to public education in 2017, Luz has been studying liberation and abolition, participating in local campaigns, painting and writing to prepare for her next big project. Stay tuned.

You can reach her at traceynoelleluz@gmail.com.