New York, NY, United States
Joana is a self-taught photojournalist based in New York City. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia. She worked as a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in her native country. In 2009, the Colombian Ministry of Culture awarded her the national photography prize for her documentation of cultural heritage. In 2011, Joana migrated to the United States to pursue her career as a documentarian and artist. Her work is included in the 2012 Latin American Photography Collection of American Photography.
Her personal project, “I Am Hello Kitty” documents her own experience as a Latina immigrant in NYC. “I Am Hello Kitty” was featured on The New York Times LENS blog and others internationals publications and exhibitions in photo festivals.
Joana is a 2014-2015 En Foco fellow. She is a member of Guild and a contributor to Redux Pictures and Corbis.
She recently published her first monograph, Masked (oodee, London, 2014). Masked was inaugurated with a group exhibition at the Galería Valenzuela Klenner in Bogotá. Masked is sold out.
2015 - Full Scholarship by visura.co , 2015 - En Foco Fellowship Award #18, 2015 - 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards , 2014 - New York Times Portfolio Review , 2013 - Finalist Roberto Villagraz award, 2012 - Latin American Photography Collection, 2010 - Gabriel García Márquez Foundation prize, finalist, 2009 - Photography and Cultural Heritage Award, 2006 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation scholarship
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