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. It turned out to be a life-changing move, yet oftentimes, I felt lonely and out-of-place.

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 (local ABC station, WPRI TV-12). It was during that 2-year internship that I realized that Broadcast Journalism was not the profession I wanted to pursue after all. But 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 for 15 months around the country with two cameras and an audio recorder at hand, and documented and recorded the stories of people, places and life in five border cities. This website documents these trips, and this is where I reflect and write about how borders have shaped and continue to shape who I am today.
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