Cuban author and transdisciplinary practitioner.
MA in Performing Arts and Visual Culture (2019) from the Reina Sofía Museum and University of Castilla-La Mancha/Spain. Graduated from the University of the Arts, Havana/Cuba.
Alessandra’s artwork is socially engaged and encompasses a wide range of media and formats, such as writing, performance, photography, film, and installation. Taking as a starting point ideas of proximity and interference, she is seduced by the activation of networks of people and places through the intersection of art with topics like identity and gender, environment, immigration, multiculturalism, history and cultural heritage.
She received funding from the embassies of Germany, Norway and Austria to support performing arts projects in Cuba (2010-2018). Winner calls for project funding and international residency programs from Goethe Institute, Prince Claus Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Acción Cultural Española AC/E, Can Serrat Writers Residency, Fleetstreet Residency, etc.
During 2012-2020 she was invited to participate in Ibero-American theater initiatives such as Linha de Fuga (Portugal), Experimenta/Sur (Colombia), TUSP Public Readings Program, Dramaturgas (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Panorama/Sur (Argentina).
Books of her authorship have been published by Ediciones UNION, Casa Editora Abril, Ediciones La Luz and Ediciones sinsentido.
Together with Karina Pino she founded The Trailer in 2020. This collective was born from the need to create interdisciplinary and collaborative projects between different artists, spaces and themes (most of them directly related to social issues and different communities).
Santiesteban has 5 years of experience developing initiatives in Nuclear City: a community at risk of exclusion located next to the failed project of Juraguá Nuclear Power Plant (Cienfuegos, Cuba). In 2022 The Trailer developed Juraguá, the path of the blue waters: an artistic, community and environmental creation project which addressed the ecological risks of the construction of a hazardous waste dumpster in the former plant. (All this artwork is collected in the platform one nuclear action.)
She is currently developing a creative process on social integration, cultural stereotypes and personal and collective memory, based on the migration and exile experiences of Latin American women in and around the city of Stuttgart.