Marta V. Martínez

I live in Warwick, Rhode Island, work in Providence and am of Mexican heritage. I'm bilingual and bicultural — I don’t remember ever having a problem communicating in either language, and find it to be a great asset. I read, write and speak English and Spanish equally. Equally well or equally badly: that’s for others to decide.

I’m also fluent in Sign Language, which I guess makes me trilingual.

I grew up in El Paso, Texas with my parents, four sisters and brother. While a Junior in high school, I felt a strong desire to explore the world and then, while applying to various colleges, I realized that studying in another state would be a perfect way to explore and learn more about the world. That’s how I ended up at Providence College. My dream was to become a television Journalist, but, since PC did not have a Broadcast Journalism major, I chose to be an English major. While there, I was exposed to many talented scholars and writers on the PC campus, who might have become my mentors had they been able to understand what it was like to be a displaced Latina.

An internship during my Junior year at PC gave me an opportunity to work in television, and it was then that I realized that Broadcast Journalism was not the profession I wanted to pursue after all. What that experience taught me was that working behind the scenes was more powerful than being in front of a camera.
My desire to travel and explore the world continues to this day.

In 2015, I set out to explore borders through the lens of a camera. I traveled around the country where I documented and recorded the stories of people, places and life in five border cities. This website documents these trips and I write about how borders have shaped and continue to shape who I am today.
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