Short Bio / marlon fuentes

Marlon Fuentes is a nationally recognized independent media artist working in film and photography. As a creative professional, his work as a photographer and filmmaker has been shown and/or collected in major museums around the U.S. and abroad, such as: the National Gallery, the National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American History, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Netherlands Filmmuseum, and most recently, the Venice Biennale. He has been the recipient of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Media, as well as other awards/grants as an independent media artist.

His work is studied in university undergraduate and graduate courses such as film and social history, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology, and film criticism. He is known in academic and cinema studies circles as the filmmaker who has successfully blended auto-ethnography and the historical essay as a distinct documentary approach.

His work as a media and conceptual artist focuses on the relationships between boundary and image, form and content – as the unstable infrastructures that support awareness and interpretation. He has continued to explore how traditional notions of symmetry and order can be disrupted to create liminal perspectives that transform our experience with the mundane. His current research and critical interests are in meta-cinema, specifically the intersections between photography, film practice, proto-cinema and text-based conceptual work.

He has been a visiting artist, teacher, and guest lecturer in various universities around the world, and has been on panels, workshops and conferences as a presenter in topics such as experimental cinema, documentary theory, and photography. He studied photography with Mark Power at the Corcoran School of Art, and received his graduate training from Temple University, where he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship in Film and Video.

In addition to his career as a visual/conceptual artist, Marlon is also a Strategy Consultant and Executive Coach who specializes in the application of Positive Psychology and Strengths-Based approaches to innovation, creative problem-solving, and personal productivity.

He was certified by the Gallup Organization as a Strengths Coach in 2012, and obtained his coach training from MentorCoach, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. Prior to establishing his consulting and coaching practice, he was a C-level executive at a financial services firm where he was in charge of strategy management, training and development, HR, and communications. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has an undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science (summa cum laude, Honors Program).

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