(b. bogota, colombia  /  based in johannesburg, south africa)

My photographic practice focuses on questions of memory, history and movement. Interested in experimental approaches to ideas of documentary, I rely on the ambiguity of photography to explore the veracity of what or how we remember in the construction of narratives and meanings. Through long-term projects my works slowly come together as experimental essays, installations and book forms, usually combining formats, appropiated/found images,  and text. 

These projects have been recognized through awards such as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2017), Tierney Fellowship in Photography (2010/11), residencies at Khoj International Artist Workshops and SARAI (India), fellowships at WISER Institute (South Africa), solo exhibitions in Berlin, Colombia, and South Africa, and group shows including the Rencontres de Bamako (Mali), New York Photo Festival, Le Cube (Paris), Contro-Sguardi Documentary Festival, Italy, Bonani Africa Festival of Photography, and Ethnographic Terminalia (New Orleans) among others. Reviewes and essays have appeared in books such as Wideangle, as well as journals and platforms Warscapes, Hive (Guild Gallery Mumbai), Iconos, Sensate, Fototazo, Fotomeraki, Foto8, and SBH magazine.


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