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, World Press Photo Witness, Open Society Foundations, and  Photoword China Magazine, 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 2019 she published her second monograph, Hello I Am Kitty  (Tragaluz, Colombia, 2019). Hello I Am Kitty was inaugurated in an exhibition at the Tragaluz and Gabriel Garcia Marquez journalism festival in Medellin Colombia. 
In 2020 Her work is included in the public collection of  The Library of Congress in D.C. Also in ai-ap Latin American Photography and En Foco.  It has been exhibited in international photo festivals all over the globe: Les Femmes s’exposent France 2019, Photoville New York, Guate Photo, Guatemala, Just another Festival India, International Photography festival Pingyao China, and more.

I Am Hello Kitty (Tragaluz Editores, Medellín, 2018-2019) 
Masked (oodee, London, 2014) 
Solo Exhibitions

2019 Abbaye Aux Dames Caen ,France Serie Colombia On My Mind exhibit at Forum Mondial Normandie pour la Paix 75 anniversary. 

2019 “Hello I am Kitty”, Exhibition, Jardin Botanico de Medellin Festival Gabo, Fundacion Iberoamericana de Periodismo Gabriel Garcia Marquez Colombia.  
2019 “Hello I am Kitty” launch book and exhibition Casa Tragaluz Medellin, Colombia.

Selected  Group Exhibitions 

2019 Les Femes S’exposent Group exhibition, Houlgate, France. 

2018 Neighborhood Anthems, NoMAA (Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance) grupal exhibition at Presbyterian Hospital, New York.  
2018  Contemporary stories of Latina Photographers, group exhibition Paseo de las Artes, Universidad Autonoma de Nayarit, Mexico. 
2018  Lumix Festival Germany, Native  group exhibition, Germany.
2018 Africa Photo Festival group exhibition New York. 
2018 Nothing Left to be saved  group exhibition at  Instytut Fotografii Fort Warsaw Poland.
2018  Locuars exhibition“Traslatina” serie  group exhibition at  Caelum Gallery, Chelsea New York.  
2018 Fuerza Fest Queer Latino festival grupal exhibition Julia de Burgos theater, New York.  
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, NewYork.
2014 “Masked”, gallery: Galería Valenzuela Klenner, Bogotá. 
Selected Publications 

2019 Interview World Press Photo Digital magazine Witness  

2018 "Translatinas"in The New York Times
2018 “Where everybody knows your nombre” New York Times.  
2017 Interview “I am Hello Kitty” Photoword China
2016  Interview  “Dressing Room -Translatina”,   New York Times          
2015 “I Am Hello Kitty” Nueva Luz  photographic journal volume 19:1


Joana Toro Documentary Photographer

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