Ilana is a visual artist and researcher currently based at the Instituto de Artes Plasticas of the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico. She is also part of the pedagogic team at SOMA and co-founder of the independent art collective TRES (2009). Her research-based art practice concentrates on the implications of urban space and waste, and the inquiry on garbage as a physical and conceptual residue that entails political and material implications of particular interest. Ilana earned her PhD in social sciences and humanities at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM-C) in Mexico City, her postgraduate degree from the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in the Netherlands, and an undergraduate degree in art from ENPEG, Mexico City. Her work has been exhibited worldwide and has won several awards. Ilana considers herself a multi-level scavenger who enjoys long walks observing the ground.