I am a Storyteller.
Michelle Falcón Fontánez is an award winning storyteller working in photography, film, theater and installation art. Michelle has witnessed and personally experienced injustices that have shaped her views of the world, motivating her pursuit of making change through art. Her artistry has primarily focused on social issues, where she has created work to illuminate voices that have not been heard.
Michelle's early work consists of solo producing a women's focused documentary on the impacts of the economic crisis of Puerto Rico before Hurricane María. Since then, Michelle has expanded her work on Puerto Rico, establishing a grassroots group, Reclaim Puerto Rico (RPR), whose mission is to support entrepreneurship efforts on the island through yearly fundraisers. Michelle is currently working on Las 5 Mujeres de Caguax: a multigenerational Boricua herstory of patriarchy and colonization survival. In addition Michelle is actively creating La casa de abuela , an immersive installation piece that examines the longstanding effects of colonialism, that will also serve as this year’s fundraiser.
Her short film project, María grapples with the idea of motherhood and an abortion as she navigates life as an underprivileged Latina law student. The María team will be collaborating with reproductive rights organizations in order to have a lasting impact post festival run.
Michelle’s art projects have received support from Art Workspace Easthampton (AWE) Studio Residency Program, ECA Artist Grants Initiative, El Corazón / The Heart of Holyoke, the New England Foundation for the Arts' Public Art for Spatial Justice Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the City of Boston, The Ethics and the Common Good Project, CBD Project Grant, The Sander Thoenes Research Award, Elma Lewis Community-Centered Grant, Holyoke, Springfield, Northampton and South Hadley Cultural Councils. The multimedia artist holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Hampshire College with concentrations in Business Management and Film. Currently Michelle is strengthening her artistry as a candidate in the MFA Film and Media Arts Program at Emerson College.