Juan Orrantia's photographic practice uses color, appropriation, mixed media and the photobook as forms to interrogate historical narratives and experiences of looking and being seen. His work builds on photography’s limits and possibilities, as strategies for unsettling canons and representations.
Like Stains of Red Dirt was awarded the Fiebre Dummy Award and published by Dalpine, forthcoming A Machete Pelao received the first prize Latin American Photobook Centro de Fotografia de Montevideo, and self-published books are in collections like the Smithsonian Museum of African Art Library, Biblioteca de Arte Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and The Tierney Foundation. Reviews of his work appear in Aperture, Nearest Truth, BJP, Africa is a Country, among others. Juan was born in Colombia and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lectured at universities and photo institutions. He holds an MFA in Photography from Hartford Art School. www.juanorrantia.com