Marlo Marrero, "Creer en Marrero", 2005, from the series "My Latina Self/My Other Self", inkjet archival print, 20x24”

Marlo Marrero, “Creer en Marrero”, 2005, from the series “My Latina Self/My Other Self”, inkjet archival print, 20×24”

Marlo Marrero

This is a series of trans-documentary, self-portraits I shot in an effort to understand myself in the context of the Caribbean island, Dominican Republic. I decided to be in front of my camera, a less familiar vantage point, so that I could be truly immersed in my new environment. As both photographer and subject, I learned to inhabit both sides of my camera and made photographs of the authentic self and the constructed self in the cultural space of the Dominican Republic. Some images are blurred to signify creation, clarity of being and emergence both spatially, and culturally. In others there is sharp focus, in an effort to solidify the concept of physical immersion in this culture space. These moments are manipulated by camera techniques creating the illusion of time, either as slowed down or accelerated.

Marlo Marrero (Farmington, CT) received her BFA from the University of Connecticut and her MFA from University of Hartford. She has shown her work extensively throughout Connecticut at galleries including Real Art Ways, Miriam Butterworth Gallery, EBK, and Benton Museum, as well as at venues across the US including the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University in Orange, CA; Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX; Silver Eye Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA; and the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA. Marrero was awarded a Visual Artist Grant from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 2001 and a fellowship from Art Matters Foundation, NY in 1995. She currently lives in Connecticut, where she is a working artist and teacher of photography at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington. Marrero was an Artist-in-Residence at CPW in 2006.