Aída Herrera Peña’s professional journey unfolds as an interdisciplinary practice encompassing social sciences, design, performance, and media production. Her thematic focus lies in transcending personal and collective boundaries, navigating the complexities of everyday life, identity, and cultural narratives within the human experience. Through her practice, she aims to breathe life into narratives often overlooked, addressing pressing issues such as labor, migration, resilience, and the ever-evolving dynamics of identity. For her, the acknowledgment of the cultural diversity and uniqueness of territories reflects a profound commitment to fostering research, dialogue, and understanding.
Her expertise in research allows her to create through a wide range of media and processes, pursuing collaborative, experimental, and co-creative approaches. For her, the creative process is a dynamic and unique journey that unfolds organically as she engages with the context and narratives she intends to convey. At the core of her work is her dedication to capturing the essence of the human spirit and its environment through embodied knowledge and experiences, firmly rooted in the socio-cultural contexts of her own lived experiences.
With eleven years of experience creating diverse projects, Aída’s interdisciplinary practice has been developed within the design, academy, culture, and artistic sectors. In previous years, she collaborated with organizations in Bogotá, such as Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, OpenIDEO, FOX, Solinoff Corp, and Business Integration Partners. Since 2019, Aida moved to Germany, where her practice and ongoing research led her to participate twice in the Bauhaus Study Rooms festival at the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and to be part of a series of Design-podcasts, Hurra Hurra, produced by Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. Additionally, in 2021 Aída participated in a creative mentoring program, the 6th edition of the Forcast Platform, mentored by choreographer Mathilde Monnier. Lastly, she recently collaborated with Crítica and Into Studio.
Aída is a graduate of the Faculty of Design and Arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (COL) and holds a Master of Science in Design Research from the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (DE). She has trained as a classical dancer for nine years and is proficient in Spanish, English, and German. Aída is currently based in Berlin.