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Griselda San Martin is a documentary photographer currently based in New York City. She is a graduate of the Documentary Photography and...
I will be presenting some of my work at the Focus on the Story festival in Washington D.C.
Focus on the Story (June 7-10) is a 4-day event that celebrates the art of photography and the stories behind the images with presentations, panel discussions, workshops, portfolio reviews, photowalks and community events.
In Borders and Belonging, my colleague Jacobia Dahm and me, work to illuminate individual stories of migration, arrival, and separation. The images direct our attention towards the capacity and necessity for humans to create homes for themselves, no matter how transitory the situation. At a time when population movements are repeatedly cast as economic and security threats, these four projects highlight the urgency of documenting the people who make up these populations.
This event is part of a Philadelphia Area Creative Collaboratives (PACC) project called ‘Who Belongs? Exodus and Arrival.’ This collaborative group consists of artist Jacobia Dahm; Alexandra Wolkoff, Director of Education, Puentes De Salud; Imke Brust, Assistant Professor of German, VCAM Faculty Fellow (2018-19), Haverford College; Brust’s course, ‘Visualizing the United States of Europe;’ Zainab Saleh, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Haverford College; Saleh’s course, ‘Citizenship, Migration, and Belonging;’ Griselda San Martin, Artist; and Stephanie Bursese, PACC Program Manager, Haverford College.
The exhibition runs from Monday, February 19th - Sunday, March 4th and is open to the public Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5pm.
"15 Stories of Hope, Change, & Justice" is an exhibit of works on pressing global issues by the first cohort of the Anderson Ranch Arts Center’s Advanced Mentored Studies Program, which is a three-year workshop focused on visual storytelling and documentary photography, based in Snowmass, Colorado. Led by award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ed Kashi, and James Estrin, the co-founder and co-editor of the New York Times photography blog Lens, the workshop has produced works by photographers and filmmakers that tell stories with great power, authorship and relevance to many of the global issues of today.
No one arm of government or society can conquer the pervasiveness of problems such as climate change, providing adequate health care, or the integration of refugees into a new homeland. Ways of thinking and seeing across sectors and disciplines are necessary to solving global challenges – and photojournalism remains a vital tool in communicating the obstacles and opportunities associated with important policy issues.
The work in this exhibit was produced with impact in mind, featuring stories on policy-relevant issues such as the rights of native peoples; refugees; and climate change. The panel discussion will focus on the impact documentary photography can have on policy, and how creative storytelling can shape a more prosperous global order.
Friday, September 29, 2017
A photograph from my series The Wall was included in the Women Photograph Insider/Outsider exhibit at Photoville (New York’s premiere photo festival) which featured the work of 36 phenomenal members of Women Photograph and was curated by Daniella Zalcman, Mallory Benedict, and Sara Ickow.
I was also selected to participate in the first ever Women Photograph workshop that took place on Sep 23 during Photoville.
I feel proud that my short doc is screened with such great films that investigate and explore important immigration issues.
“Farewell Ferris Wheel” explores how the U.S. Carnival industry fights to keep itself alive by legally employing Mexican migrant workers with a controversial work visa. The film focuses on the workers and their struggle as well as on the men who profit from their labor.
My project "The Wall" was shortlisted at the Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award 2017 (Documentary Category), presented at the opening of the festival last month in Tbilisi (Georgia) and included in the catalog.
The short movie screened with “Olancho,” a feature-length documentary directed by Christopher Valdes & Ted Griswold. The film is about a group of musicians in the most lawless province in Honduras, the most murderous country in the world.
It will screen with the Iranian narrative feature “Cold Breath” and French narrative short Après le Vin (After the Wine). Cold Breath is a beautifully shot story of a nontraditional family in Iran and their struggles with class, gender and illness. Après le Vin tells the story of a Paris street artist who goes on a road trip in search of peace after loneliness.
A selection of images from my project "The Wall" will be on show as part of “Disruption," a group exhibition curated by Orestes Gonzalez, featuring Veronica Cardenas, Kris Graves, GD McClintock, Orestes Gonzalez and myself.
The show addresses contemporary environmental, political, and social issues as they relate to the feeling of being an outsider.
"Disruption" opens Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00pm at The Factory in Long Island City, NY, followed by an artist talk on Sunday, May 21 at 2:30pm. Open through May 25. (Part of the Long Island City Arts Open 2017)
My short doc "The Other Side" will screen Friday April 28 and Sunday April 30 at the Florida International Film Festival with 7 other short movies part of “International Shorts 1: That’s the Way of the World”
My short doc "The Other Side" screened this week at the 26th Arizona International Film Festival in Tucson, with Madeleine Gavin’s documentary feature "City of Joy," a film that follows the 1st class of students at a revolutionary leadership center in war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Our story about Olivia Segura, a Gold Star mother whose husband is facing deportation, has been published in Playground.
Olivia's daughter, Ashley, was killed during active duty in Kuwait in 2007. Since then, Olivia has been fighting the deportation of her husband as well as for other military families around the U.S. who are being torn apart by deportation.
(Transborder Media story in collaboration with Playground Do.)
My project “The Wall” has been featured in Migramundo.
MigraMundo is a Brazilian website focused on migration issues in Brazil and worldwide. Their main value is the perception of migration as an human right, using journalism and communication to enforce this point of view.
Very happy that my image "Friendship Park" has been selected as runner-up in the COMPAS “New Horizons” photo competition 2016, on the theme of contemporary experiences of migration.
The Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) is a Research Centre within the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford (UK) that conducts high quality research, develops theory and facilitates knowledge exchange in the field of migration.
My project "The Wall" is part of "Lo Mejor de Baja" Art Exhibition at Casa del Túnel - Centro de Arte y Cultura in Tijuana, Mexico. The exhibition features more than 50 artists; painters, sculptors, photographers and musicians from all over the world.
My project Musulmana has been awarded 3rd Place Category People-Culture at the Tokyo International Foto Awards. Also my project “Passing Through” has received an Honorable Mention in the Photo Essay Category.
Happy day of the dead! Some photos from my current project have been featured at the Huffington Post in an article by Andrew Chesnut, Professor of Religious Studies and author of the only academic book in English on Santa Muerte.
“The Howard Chapnick Award is given annually in honor of the legendary Black Star photo agency founder, long-time MPW faculty member, and author of Truth Needs No Ally. It recognizes a photographer who, with exceptional honesty and integrity, explores and documents an issue or story of great social concern.”
Two images from my work “The Wall” are part of the exhibition "Elsewhere is a Negative Mirror” on the topic of borders, curated by New York Photography Diary editors Daniel Pateman and Will Fenstermaker.
The exhibition features the work of eight international artists. Each photographer explores boundaries in the midst of a reconfiguration, provoking a reconciliation with the limits at which one defines identity, homeland, and ontological frameworks.
My photograph “The Wall” was selected to be part of Latin American Fotografía 5 Collection. From hundreds of submissions in all categories only 48 were SELECTED to represent the best images of the year from/and for Latin America.
All At Once Photography Workshop with VII photographers Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Franco Pagetti, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Sim Chi Yin, Stefano De Luigi, Ashley Gilbertson, Sarker Protick, Danny Wilcox Frazier,Maciek Nabrdalik, Tomas Van Houtryve
A portrait of Didi Mejia from my project Garifuna is awarded third place in the category of Children of the World at the 9th International Color Awards competition.
In New York, there are approximately 100,000 people who identify as Garifuna, an ethnic community of West African and Amerindian descent. My series of portraits explores the transnational identities of the Garifuna younger generations in diaspora by focusing on issues of representation and belonging in the private sphere of the “home,” both the symbolic and real place, where the meanings of identity and community are initially shaped.
Transborder Media Collective takes over Open Society Foundation's Instagram feed Feb 8-14, 2016
Our story Banderitas de Rosarito explores life on the U.S.-Mexico border through the lens of a high school girls flag football team in Rosarito, Mexico, a rural community just a few miles south of Tijuana, the busiest land border crossing in the world and a community that has been plagued by crime and violence.