Mobility Movilidad is a nonprofit dedicated to choreographing meaningful conversations with diverse audiences by collaborating with storytellers who have the least access to cross borders, but the most to teach us about creating a more just, sustainable world.
About Mobility Movilidad
We focus on the storytellers, artists, and researchers with the least access to circulate their work across socioeconomic, linguistic, raced, gendered, and geopolitical borders. Our stories are multimedia and translingual. We use 21st-century tools to archive the past, circulate stories about the present, and share dreams for the future.
Our writing projects are a process of desegregation: We overcome what we call double displacement. That is, when the storytellers cannot cross the same borders as their stories, and so their stories are often represented by others. Our stories are multimedia and translingual. Each storyteller tells her own story in her own words and images. We collaborate with artists, writers and researchers of all ages in community spaces and K-20 (Kindergarten through Ph.D.) educational institutions throughout the Americas. We focus on those with the least access to circulate their work across socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, gendered and geopolitical borders. Together, we collaborate on multiple genres of writing required for storytellers and their stories to cross borders.
Tamera Marko specializes in what she calls the “theory, politics and practice of rhetorical mobility.” She does this through transnational translingual, multimedia community literacy research projects in the Americas (Spanish, Portuguese, English). She channels her work as an historian of Latin America and her 17 years of teaching writing to combine genres of new media, composition and historical memory to research and publish in the genre called for by each project. Marko’s academic, media, video and poetry publications explore youth and motherhood human rights projects. She also works on issues of gender, class and white privilege in the Americas. Over the last seven years, she has founded and co-directs three interrelated rhetorical mobility projects in collaboration with Emerson College, MIT, Duke University, and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín.
Her work has been featured in academic journals, film festivals, galleries, theaters, and universities and on television in Medellin, Rio de Janeiro, Durham and Boston. For the last six years she has been working on theory and practice of transnational pedagogy she calls pedagogscapes. She is especially concerned with negotiating rhetorical situations and writing necessary for storyteller and her story to cross borders. Marko collaborates with storytellers who, for various reasons of inequitable geopolitical, economic, race and gender power relations, have the least access to rhetorical mobility.
She is currently Senior Lecturer of the First Year Writing Program at Emerson College in Boston and a Faculty Affiliate at Duke University and at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. She teaches transnational translingual research writing courses in English, Spanish and Portuguese. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a master’s degree in Latin American Studies and Communications and a Ph.D. in Latin American History with an emphasis on Women’s Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies.
Ryan Catalani is co-founder of Mobility Movilidad, a nonprofit dedicated to collaborating with storytellers who have the least access to cross borders, but the most to teach us about creating a more just, sustainable world. In collaboration with communities from Hawaii to Colombia, he develops multimedia, high-tech, and translingual solutions to documenting and circulating underrepresented perspectives and stories that might otherwise be lost.
He co-directs Mobility Movilidad's three projects: Through Our Eyes, a transnational, multimedia art exhibition of young, emerging Colombian artists; My Home, a video archive being created in collaboration with internally displaced women and their families; and Proyecto Carrito, a national movement for more global, humane, and inclusive education and immigration systems. He also co-directs Global Pathways Colombia, a summer storytelling program for Emerson College students in Medellín. Most recently, he edited *Proyecto Carrito: 2010-2016*—a 200-page anthology in English and Spanish that compiles stories of migration and practices for inclusion written by immigrant janitors, students, professors, and staff at Emerson College—including designing the print edition, creating a multilingual publishing platform for the online edition, and overseeing its publication and sales.
He studied visual and media arts at Emerson College in Boston, where he was editor-in-chief of The Berkeley Beacon, the student newspaper. His interactive multimedia work has been featured in Boston.com, the Boston Magazine Blog, and USA Today College. In 2015, he won the college’s Inclusive Excellence award and in 2014, was named an Outstanding Student in Emerson’s biennial Community Service Report. He also founded Junction, an initiative to bring Emerson’s community together through art.
Jota (Jose) Samper has been working as an architect, planner and artist for 13 years and has taught architecture and urban design. Born and raised in Medellín, he studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Medellín. Since then, he has done research, art and architectural projects in seven countries: Colombia, Panama, United States, Mexico, Brazil, India and France. His work has won more than 6 national (U.S.) and international awards. In 2010, his project “Living rooms at the Border,” which he designed with the team while at estudio teddy cruz, exhibited at the (Museum of Modern Art) MoMA in New York City. He is lecturer at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. His work dwells in the intersection between urban informality (Slums) and urban violent conflict. He is a fellow of the “Drugs, Security and Democracy, SSRC”. Also an advisor for the “Strategic Masterplan for the Innovation District of Medellin”. Along with his work as a teacher of planning and design, he is co-founder and co-director of DukeEngage Medellin, Colombia since 2007. This is an alternative video and photographic archive and mapping with marginalized communities in the City of Medellin.