Luisa Martinez

Luisa Martinez

MA Arts Politics Class of 2017

BA Sociology and Latin-American Studies, UC Berkeley

Luisa is a community organizer dedicated to social progress and education.

She has worked with and organized cultural experiences since 2009, putting on situations, exhibitions, and festivals that have had as a focus the creation of artist spaces and the promotion of emerging artists, and are forever searching to create an inter- and trans-communal cultural exchange. Through this work, she founded Sin Onda, multimedia online platform that explores the current underground artistic sphere in Tijuana -- prioritizing inclusive productions -- through diverse media, such as video, podcasts, situations, festivals, zines, music, etc.

She acted as researcher, co-producer, and editor of an audiovisual production for the exhibition “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980,” which was presented at MoMA. She has also written self-published works such as “Border Art: A Primer,” an introduction to the concept of Border Art, and “Fucking Architecture,” a reflection on the formality of the field of architecture.

This work experience has been complimented with studies in comic book narrative, photography, African and Afro-Latin dance, Architecture, race and colonialism in Latin America, among many other things. She is thrilled to have mentored with Las Fotos Project Tijuana, project that focuses on the visual alphabetization of teenage girls.

Luisa believes that caring for one another and asking for help are the most subversive and necessary actions we can ever exercise.

Nowadays, she is member of IMPERFECTU, International Film and Gender Studies Festival, working primarily within production and logistics, photography and design. She is founding member and organizer of Tijuana Zine Fest, first large-scale zine festival in Tijuana, searching to promote self-publishing as a form of expression, self-motivation, and cross-border communication. She continues to develop illustration, photography, and video work. 

What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?

The prospect of learning from people and experiences that consider art and community inseparable.