Karen Martinez
Communications Specialist/ Filmmaker/ Interdisciplinary Artist, N/A
Karen Y. Martinez is an artist/filmmaker and communications professional from Hidalgo, Mexico; living and working in Houston, TX. She earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms from the University of Houston in 2019. Her work explores latinidad, feminism and belonging. Karen is a former member of the artist collective Mujeres Malas and the founder of Latina Filmmakers, a space dedicated to uplifting and sharing resources for Latinx Women. She also serves as a board member for artist non-profit DiverseWorks. Karen’s latest works include collaborations with: In Plain Sight Map, a national network of artists fighting to stop the detention of immigrants, Houston In Action’s #HTownVotes initiative to promote civic participation during the 2020 election and an upcoming collaboration with Sin Huellas, an artist and activist collective formed to explore issues of borders, migration, detention, and deportation in the Houston area. As a DACA recipient, Karen is dedicated to promoting progressive causes and has worked with groups like Voices Breaking Boundaries, SEIU TX, Mi Familia Vota, United We Dream, Sierra Club, the Tom Steyer Presidential campaign and most recently Penny Morales Shaw for Texas State Senate.