Sol Aramendi (b. 1968, Argentina; lives in the United States) is a socially engaged artist working with immigrant communities throughout New York City, and she creates opportunities for immigrants to empower themselves through art. Her participatory practice lives at the intersection of immigration, labor, and art, and builds leadership and promotes change around fairer labor conditions and immigration policy.
Aramendi has received support from the Ford Foundation (2018) and the National Association of Latino Art and Culture (2018). She received a Blade of Grass Fellowship (2014) to develop a smartphone-based application that enables immigrant workers to report wage theft. Aramendi is a fellow at The Worker Institute at Cornell University.
Project Luz is a nomadic space to share, learn, and experiment with using photography as a tool of empowerment for immigrant communities. We partner with community groups and organizations to facilitate encounters where participants learn and co-create images inspired by their identity and life stories. Workshop participants document and present their experience of New York City from their individual migrant perspectives. The resulting artworks are often used in local and citywide rights campaigns such as anti–domestic violence initiatives and the promotion of fair migrant labor practices.
Our community practice approach centers on building a network of art projects that collectively aim to transform the creative and economic opportunities of immigrant city residents through arts, civic education, and interactions with local institutions.
Project Luz was created in 2003 by Sol Aramendi when she emigrated to the United States from Argentina.
—Sol Aramendi, September 2018