Leiva’s research-based practice exists at the crossroads of installation, video, animation, and photography. Within this multidisciplinary approach, she explores issues related to migration, displacement, alienation, loss, the media and the effects of violence on the central American individual and society.

In Leiva’s work, personal and collective stories intertwine to create narratives that posit the individual’s vulnerability within institutional and social hierarchies. In some of her site-specific works, she forges a dynamic that engages the space’s history to reveal specific human rights issues. Her video work, which often incorporates found footage or text, explores surveillance, online culture, coded language and the impact of mass media on the individual’s perception of reality.

During Leiva’s residency, she created Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (The Last Supper).