Carmen Lizardo was born in the Dominican Republic and arrived in the US at the age of nineteen. She holds a BFA in Photography and MFA in Digital Media from Pratt Institute. Lizardo’s work is interdisciplinary, integrating printmaking, photography and video installations. Lizardo’s artwork has been included in many exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. She had received several awards including The International New Media Award, from The Digital Art Gallery in Ostparkstraße, Frankfurt, Germany and was the recipient of a NYFA Fellowship where she was selected in two categories on the same year in Painting and Photography. She was the recipient of the Dr. Nuala McGann Dresher award and was selected for a NYFA Artist Residency. Lizardo was one of five American Artists of Latino descent awarded with a national/international travel and production grant from the Institute of Training and Development, in Amherst, MA, and the US department of Cultural Affairs. She currently lives and works in Hudson Valley, New York.
au•gust art festival project
Carmen Lizardo’s work addresses issues of citizenship, immigration, and identity. Americana: videos with the American flag (2010 – 2013, approx. 1 min. 30 sec.) are part of a larger body of work that also includes photography and serigraphy. The videos are a series of 10 short movies intended to viewed running all at the same time on small LCD screens. The sound is fed through a separate channel and runs independently from the videos. In Americana, Carmen uses herself as a subject to make self portraits that frames issues of race from an Afro Caribbean view point and use the flag a symbol to explore the relationship of the immigrant to this land. This work reveals the relevance and consequence of melding and hybridizing in the American culture.