02Sangre de mi Sangre
by Martha Naranjo Sandoval
5.5” ✕ 8”
Edited by Justine Kurland
Designed by Aline Enríquez
Regular edition out of print
Limited Print Edition available︎
“I married Dylan on March 6th 2020, a week before the Covid pandemic blew up and a lock-down was imposed in New York City. As newlyweds, we would be unable to leave the house for months, cementing the bond between us in ways unimaginable just weeks before. In those intensely close quarters, I applied for my marriage greencard which required me to prove that my relationship was real.
My love for Dylan is certain and undeniable but suddenly I was being asked to demonstrate it in a tangible way for the scrutiny of an anonymous immigration officer. Bureaucrats boil relationships down to leases, bank statements, and anodyne group pictures. Sangre de mi Sangre is my response to that reductive requirement imposed on love. The pictures within tell the story of intimacy, affection, and trust in a world turned upside down.”—MNS
Her work focuses on the materiality of image; in the difference between how time is portrayed in moving and still image; and in how images gain significance culturally.
She holds a degree in Film a Television from Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión (Mexico City) and an MFA from the International Center of Photography and Bard College. She was part of the .357 Estudio y Espacio Creativo photography project residency in 2012; in 2014 she won the Conacyt-FONCA scholarship for studies abroad, awarded by the Mexican Government; and in 2017 she was part of the Flux Factory Artist-in-residence, for which she organized the community project Día de Muertos. She is the co-founder of the editorial project Matarile Ediciones, which publishes work by artists who are immigrants or part of a recent diaspora. In 2016 she edited the book After the Fact, which included pieces by Martha Wilson, Katherine Hubbard, Nona Faustine, among others. Along with artist-curator Groana Melendez, she organizes platforms to showcase artists and promote critical conversations, including a series of interviews for the Camera Club of New York and the event Mexican Tertulia in conjunction with the festival Celebrate Mexico Now.