Martha Naranjo Sandoval is a Brooklyn-based artist, publisher, cataloguer, and bookseller from Mexico City. She holds a degree in Film from Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión in Mexico City, and an MFA from the International Center of Photography and Bard College. 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. With this project she has edited and published books by groana melendez, Cristina Velásquez, Genesis Báez, and Marion Ellena. In 2021 she published a book of her work, “Sangre de mi Sangre” (Blood of my Blood), edited by Justine Kurland; one year later Dashwood Books published her book “Como Agua para Ajolote” (Like Water for Axolotl). Miriam Gallery presented a solo exhibition of her work, “The Stench of Orange Blossoms”, from January to March 2023.
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. 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 an rapid-talk event with Celebrate Mexico Now and the Camera Club of New York, and the Apartment Series Issue of the Nueva Luz Magazine.
My work is an exploration of the family album and the way it creates communal spaces. My practice takes the form of installation, photography, collage, and multimedia pieces using found, inherited, and original family pictures.