Mel Cardona


they/them/theirs & she/her/hers

Platforms Whisperer & Visual Story Alchemist
[Communications Specialist]

Mel is a first generation queer Latinx self-taught artivist who grew up between Atlanta, GA and her parents native land of Colombia. They cut their teeth in the theater scene in Atlanta and dabbled in film on the East Coast before taking flight to Europe to discover their talent and passion for the visual arts.  In 2006, she landed in New Orleans and while working as an ensemble member of Mondo Bizarro, Mel fell in love with photography and cinematography.  Melisa is a member of NALAC and served for four years on the executive committee of Alternate ROOTS, of which she is still a member. Melisa is committed to creating stories that empower qwoc with while dismantling all forms of oppression through film and digital art for a beautiful new mañana.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.