Projects

Familias Separadas Michelle Angela Ortiz

"We Are Human Beings" installed in front of the ICE building in Philadelphia. Photo Credit: Steve Weinik

Ongoing work on stories of deportations and detention

The Familias Separadas project is a series of temporary site-specific public art works that mark the locations and documents stories of immigrant families affected by deportations in the city of Philadelphia. 

"Seguimos Caminando" Animation Still
A Moving Monument to the Mothers at Berks

"Seguimos Caminando" (We Continue Walking) is a moving monument dedicated to the mothers detained with their children for close to 2 years at the Berks Detention Center in Pennsylvania.

Solo Exhibition

Quizás Mañana (Maybe Tomorrow) is a new body of work that includes an animated installation, light boxes, and portraits that examines the power of familial connection, place, and story.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

As part of the annual "Latinidad" Festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Michelle led a collaborative mural with over 50 participants.

Havana, Cuba

Somos Regla depicts "la vida cotidiana" the essence of Regla, a deeply spiritual place and that is reflected by the Afro-Cuban community.

Mazahua and Otomi Indigenous Migrant Stories

Two public art projects honoring the migration stories told by the Mazahua and Otomi indigenous communities Mexico City, Mexico.

Immigration Stories in Brooklyn

Nuestro Andar Florece (Our Journey Blooms), celebrates the stories of Mexican immigrant women that have planted their roots in Brooklyn, New York.

A Tribute to Gloria Casarez

Gloria Casarez was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from West Chester University with dual degrees in criminal justice and political science. She was the founding member and community organizer of Empty the Shelters, a national housing rights and economic justice organization. 

Outdoor exhibit of Market Stories

JOURNEYS SOUTH: Different Paths, One Market is a public art installation that transformed workplace shelters into an outdoor gallery of Market memories.

UN NUEVO FUTURO 2015 Tegucigalpa Honduras, Michelle Angela Ortiz
Transforming Walls in Honduras

The walls reflect the community's struggles and hope in la Colonia 21 de Febrero barrio of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Fanzine with Women from Santa Martha Prison

The first publication of "Fanzine Martha" by Habitajes shows the work Michelle created with incarcerated women at the Santa Martha prison in Mexico City, Mexico.

A Transnational Project

This public art project explores the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia in connection with youth in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

This mural represents the community's messages about combating stereotypes related to mental health.

Caracas, Venezuela

Residents near the Ciudadela park in Caracas worked together to share their thoughts and convey how they see themselves in their community through the creation of the 180 foot long mural.