Fellowship in Media Arts: Carlos Javier Ortiz, Chicago
Carlos Javier Ortiz is a visual artist who uses film and documentary photography to focus on urban life, gun violence, racism, poverty and marginalized communities. In 2016, Carlos received a Guggenheim Fellowship for film/video. His films We All We Got, A Thousand Midnights and Shikaaw have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles International Film Festival, AFI Film Festival (2016 winner of best cinematography short film), New Orleans International Film Festival, PBS Online Film Festival and Art Basel, Black and Blue, Stadtkino Basel Cinema. Carlos Javier Ortiz photography and films have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and live in the collections at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts; the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; and the Library of Congress. In addition, his photos were used to illustrate Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations (2014) article, which was the best-selling issue in the history of the Atlantic Magazine. His photos have also been published in The New Yorker, Mother Jones, among many others.