Joana Toro.

Joana Toro is a self-taught Colombian photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights, and identity. Her projects has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, World Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations, and Photoword China Magazine, among others.
She worked as a staff photographer with the major magazines and newspapers in Colombia before she migrated to the United States in 2011 to further her career as a documentarian and artist. In 2019, she published her second monograph, “Hello I Am Kitty” (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019).
 Her work was included in the public collection of the Library of Congress in D.C and 
 has been exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Les Femmes s’exposent in France, Photoville in New York, Guate Photo in Guatemala, Just Another Festival in India, the International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, and more.
In 2020 Joana received the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant by The Pulitzer Center and Diversify Photo and a National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund grant.

Hello, I am Kitty (Tragaluz Editores, Medellín, 2019)
Masked (oodee, London, 2014)

Solo Exhibitions
2023 “Hello I am kitty” Pompano Beach cultural center Miami. 
2022 “Hello I am kitty” Ojo Rojo fabrica Visual Bogota, Colombia.
2021 “TransLatinas against Covid-19” Queens Museum, and Photoville  at Travels park  Queens,New York City.
2019 “ Serie Colombia On My Mind"  Abbaye Aux Dames Caen ,France exhibit at Forum Mondial Normandie pour la Paix 75 anniversary.
 2019 “Hello, I am Kitty”, Exhibition, Jardín Botánico de Medellin Festival Gabo, Fundacion Iberoamericana de Periodismo Gabriel Garcia Marquez Colombia. 
2019 “Hello, I am Kitty” Casa Tragaluz, Medellin, Colombia

Selected  Group Exhibitions 
 2023 New York Now: Home - A Photography Triennial Museum of the City of New York.
 2023 Exhibition on migration "looking at the edge" at the Gabriel García Márquez cultural center, Debora Arango room, Bogota, Colombia.
 2022  Hello I am Kitty Galeria la Cometa Bogota Colombia.
 2021 Eyewitness: Who Tells The Stories Of Our Time in Brooklyn New York by the pulitzer center, Diversify Photo and Photoville.
2021 Enfoco: Deep Roots at the Children’s Art carnival in Harlem New York.
 2019  Les Femmes S’exposent, Houlgate, France.
2019 NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) Women in the Heights - “Creating for Change: New York.
2018  Contemporary stories of Latina Photographers, group exhibition Paseo de las Artes, Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Mexico.
2018  Nothing Left to be saved  group exhibition at  Instytut Fotografii Fort Warsaw Poland.
2018   Fuerza Fest Queer Latino festival Julia de Burgos theater, New York.
2017 “Masked” nee-bex  contemporary art gallery, Bogota.
2016 “I Am Hello Kitty” International Photography festival, Pingyao China.
2015  “I Am Hello Kitty” projection, Photoville photo festival, New York.
2015  “I Am Hello Kitty”,  GuatePhoto photography festival,  Guatemala.
 2015  “I Am Hello Kitty,” Bronx Documentary Center,  Bronx, New York.

Awards, Grants and Honors
2023 Hello I am kitty winner in the photo book category of the Ibero-American POY Latam contest.
 2021-22  Visiting Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) at Brandeis University.
 2021 Winner of the Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund and Ad Council NYC a publicity campaign.
2020 National Geographic Covid-19 Emergency Grant.
2020 Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant by  The Pulitzer Center and Diversify Photo.
2020 The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division acquires Hello I am Kitty photo series for permanent collection.
2019 Invitation to Les Femmes S’exposent photo festival Houlgate, France.
2019 Invitation Fundación Gabo festival, Medellin Colombia. 2019 Nomination to Joop Swart Masterclass Word Press Photo.
2017 Anderson Ranch Scholarship awarded Visual Storytelling & Documentary Photography by Ed Kashi, and James Estrin.
 2017 Scholarship awarded Native Agency Festival de Fotografia documental Quito- Ecuador.
2016 Scholarship awarded Mary Clerk Scholarship to the 68th annual Missouri Photo Workshop.
2015  Scholarship awarded Fotovisura.
2015  En Foco Fellowship Awards #18.
 2014  New York Times Portfolio Review.
 2013  Roberto Villagraz Grant, finalist.
 2012  AI -AP,  Latin American Photography Collection.
2010  FNPI - CEMEX photography contest, finalist


Joana Toro

Joana Toro is a Colombian documentary photographer. working on immigration, Identity and social issues.
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