A dedicated educator and social activist, Marrero first traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2002 in the hopes of bringing a group of students there one day. She spent most of her time in a small mountain farming community, Los Dajaos, in the mountains of Pico Duerte, and was profoundly affected by the experience and people. Since then, she has been back 6 times. Featured online are portraits Marrero took while in the Dominican Republic in which she or her sitters have been singled out, as a result of placement or movement.

Marrero is Puerto Rican by ancestry-although she has been told she does not "look Latina"-and this series is partially a reflection on being biracial. In compositions almost reminiscent of paintings, Marrero's aesthetic treatment makes visually patent a personal exploration of identity. Time is also an important factor in her work; her exposures capture or freeze action, making the work seem to occupy a liminal state, temporally, spatially, and culturally.

Marrero currently teaches art and photography at Miss Porter's School, a private all-girls high school in Farmington, Connecticut. She received her MFA from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford and her BFA from the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Click here for Marrero's personal web site.


Matthew Gamber
August 2004

Mariliana Arvelo
July 2004

Ken Richardson

June 2004

Julie Melton

May 2004

Marlo Marrero

April 2004

Erik Gould
March 2004

Mori Insinger
February 2004

Jen Kodis

January 2004

Amber Davis
December 2003

Paul Taggart

November 2003

Marla Sweeney
October 2003

Dylan Vitone
September 2003

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The other side of time, el tiempo del otro lado

When thinking about both sides of the camera, I decided to go physically to the other side of my camera. However, after several times of being my own subject photographically, this particular time was extraordinary. Perhaps the fact that these photographs are not about a point from the past that I wanted to convey they are photographs in the present, this moment, in real time. It became my task to describe an affirmation of life, of a new reality via the photograph.

As there is a huge tradition of self-portraiture, some of my inspirations have been Annette Messager, an artist who uses everything including photography, and more recently a photographer, Elinor Carucci. From Carucci, I took the authentic self and from Messager, the constructed version of the self.

When thinking about both sides of the ocean (south) - United States - Caribbean - Dominican Republic, I placed my self on the other side. The American, the gringa as other, in a Dominican world, that I now call home. However, I am la gringa with a camera. I made hundreds of photographs from that perspective as outsider looking in. After I made the image "Es el Tiempo, Verde" (It is Time, Green) of a woman, a man, great body movement and literally the hand of time dropping its glittery moments of sand off to the left side of the photograph, I knew this image spoke about a specific time, a specific reality.

In the current images, I am either integrated in the situation or isolated. However, I am not always comfortable in my position. I purposefully placed my self here and there within the photograph. I used a polarizing filter to allow less light into the camera and used a slower shutter speed to reveal movement whenever it passed, reveal time. In the image "Pajaros del Sol" (Birds of the Sun), I am the older woman yet the naive one on so many levels as my arms flutter and fling about.

When thinking about both sides of my family, I have always been on one side or the other. I have my Puerto Rican side and I have my Maine side. Finally, both sides are converging; they are doing this on the other side of the ocean via the other side of my camera.