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Maria Martinez-Cañas

Cuban, b. 1960

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Maria Martinez-Cañas

Cuban, b. 1960

Biography

Maria Martinez-Cañas tests the limits of photography, using nearly every form of the medium—from analog to digital, color to black-and-white, camera-less to camera-based—to create photographs, collages, videos, and mixed-media installations through which she explores the mutability of identity and perception. As she explains, her own background shapes her vision and work: “Because I consider myself to be a Cuban-born, Puerto Rican-grown American citizen, […] the three cultures have had a different way of making me realize how I react to my environment, to the way that I look at the world.” Blurred, fragmented, collaged, and layered, the images in Martinez-Cañas’s works are ambiguous; the plants, people, urban and domestic scenes, and microorganisms of her compositions are altered by photography into symbols of perception, filtering the world, as the camera filters images, through ourselves.

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Hammer Museum, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Biography

Maria Martinez-Cañas tests the limits of photography, using nearly every form of the medium—from analog to digital, color to black-and-white, camera-less to camera-based—to create photographs, collages, videos, and mixed-media installations through which she explores the mutability of identity and perception. As she explains, her own background shapes her vision and work: “Because I consider myself to be a Cuban-born, Puerto Rican-grown American citizen, […] the three cultures have had a different way of making me realize how I react to my environment, to the way that I look at the world.” Blurred, fragmented, collaged, and layered, the images in Martinez-Cañas’s works are ambiguous; the plants, people, urban and domestic scenes, and microorganisms of her compositions are altered by photography into symbols of perception, filtering the world, as the camera filters images, through ourselves.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Fotofest International