Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Open Soicety Foundations, Photoword China Magazine, and Refinery29, amongst 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 2014 she published her first monograph, Masked (oodee, London, 2014) which is sold out. Masked was inaugurated in an exhibition at the Galería Valenzuela Klenner in Bogotá.
She continuously works to develop her work and has received Scholarships for the Missouri Photo Workshop mpw.68, Native Agency Festival and was part of the Mentoring Program 2018 by James Estrin and Ed Kashi.
Her work is included in various collections in Latin America Photography: ai-ap Latin American Photography and En Foco. It has been exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Photoville New York, GuatePhoto, Just another Festival India, International Photography festival Pingyao China, and more.
Selected Presentations2019 Les Femes S’exposent artist talk, Houlgate, June 6-11 France
2017 “Foto-feminas: Latina photographers” Bronx Documentary Center
2017 “Translatina” artist talk Ojo Rojo Fabrica Visual
2017 “ La mujer como objeto y sujeto en la fotografia” workshop facilitator OjoRojo Fabrica Visual Bogota
2016 “Dressing Room” artist talk, International Center of Photography, Documentary and Photojournalism Program
2015 “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, ICP community programs
2015 “I Am Hello Kitty” artist talk, En Foco New Photography Fellowship #18, Bronx Documentary Center, NYC
Selected Exhibitions2019 Serie Colombia On My Mind exhibit at Forum Mondial Normandie pour la paix 75 anniversary
Selected PublicationsInterview World Press Photo Digital magazine Witness April 4, 2019