María Mercader (b. Chetumal, 1991)
I was born and raised on the southern border of Mexico surrounded by jungles, lagoons, swamps and the occasional visit of a reptile. In recent years I’ve seen the landscape changes and the loss of home for humans and animals alike.
As an emergent transmedia artist and environmental engineer, I am interested in creating works that respond to my immediate environment and to synthesize through art the ecological, socio-cultural and psychological needs to be able to imagine a possible future inhabiting this planet.
I trained as an environmental engineer to heal nature but I became an artist to heal the soul.
In 2020 La Marginal Mx was born, an art studio for transmedia creation located in the tropical forest, born as a response to the lack of places for creative female production on the southern border and as an option to activate the local economy through audiovisual and bio-artistic productions in a safe environment for women and men.
Since 2017 I have been working as the creative director of Árbol Rojo Cine, a non-profit collective that seeks to decentralize the production, education and distribution of the film industry in Mexico, creating opportunities in the southern communities.