Carlos Martinez

I am a Colombian-born interdisciplinary artist based in Jackson Heights, Queens (New York). My main medium is photography and my practice ranges from urban interventions to community-based projects exploring issues of identity, labor, gentrification, aging, environmental justice, mass consumption and immigration.

I am a member of the Social Justice Artists Collaborative and co-founder of Hibridos Collective, Queens-based artists and advocates working to re-envision spaces using public art. The collective is organizing the first Jackson Heights Arts Festival and a series of pop-up art events to engage local artists, neighbors and community organizations in a conversation about issues impacting the community.

I was a teaching artist at the International Center of Photography (ICP) where I worked with underserved youth in partnership with The Point and National Geographic. At ICP, I also worked with the Friends of Island Academy mentoring young adults transitioning from the criminal justice system using photography and writing.

I was selected for the Queens Council on the Arts’ Individual Artist Initiative and the New York Foundation on the Arts’ Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists. I was an artist-in-residence at The Laundromat Project’s Create Change Residency program and the Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide program sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Department for Aging.