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. My baby sister was born while I was a senior in high school. It was around that time that I felt a strong desire to explore the world and 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 Latina.

An internship during my Junior year gave me an opportunity to work in television, and it was then that I realized it was not the profession I wanted after all. What that experience taught me was that working behind the scenes was more powerful than being in front of a camera.

In 2015, I embarked on a personal journey to explore borders through the lens of a camera. I traveled around the country where I 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 who I am today.