Cristina Velásquez


Through photography and weaving I learn about translation between cultures in resistance —both as a mechanism for oppression and silencing, as well as a powerful tool for connection and reparation. My work speaks to the complexities of negotiating overlapping imaginaries, the global circulation of popular culture, and the process by which objects, images, and people carry meaning. I am interested in how, inevitably, a dominant culture sanitizes and reduces the other in a subtle, and not-so-subtle, continuity of colonialism.

Cristina received an MFA degree in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College and the International Center of Photography (2017). Recent recognitions include Regeneration 4, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (2020); the Light Work Artist-In-Residency program (2019); the Carol Crow Fellowship (2019); and the Kris Graves Project, Lost II Book Prize (2019). Cristina's work has been shown widely including exhibitions at Musée de l’Elysée, ICP Museum, ArtBo, MoMA PS1, International Center of Photography, Houston Center for Photography, and Society for Photographic Education, in addition to being held in private and public collections. Her monographs Viterbo (Kris Graves Projects, 2019), and Montañera (self published, 2017) have been collected by Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty Institute, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the International Center of Photography, Syracuse University, ArtCenter College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Arcadia University, Texas State University, University of Iowa, Ryerson University and George Washington University; amongst others. Cristina lives and works between Colombia and the US. She is currently a curator for New Poetics of Labor and Art Director at Paisajes Coloniales. 

Cristina Velásquez is represented by Assembly.  For inquiries, commissions, and acquisitions, please contact the gallery. / New York +1(347)536 9464 / Bogotá +57(305)482 3417

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