Juanita Escobar: Orinoco-Frontera de agua-

Juanita Escobar: Orinoco-Frontera de agua-

opening reception

May 3, 2024 | 6 - 9pm


May 3 - Jun 9, 2024

"Orinoco - Frontera de agua -" (Water Border) is a visual and literary essay featuring various stories and voices from those who have forged a life in this stateless area near the Orinoco River border between Colombia and Venezuela. At the heart of this story are the women: indigenous women (from the Sikuani, Amorúa, Piaroa, Curripaco tribes), Venezuelan, Colombian, and Llaneras (women of the plains). Here, the border becomes a living body bearing the names of the people and places that shape the map of a nameless country: The Orinoco.

About Juanita Escobar
Juanita Escobar, a self-taught photographer, was the winner of the Colombian National Photography Prize in 2009 with her work People – Land. She was selected for the World Press Masterclass Latin America 2015 and in 2016 won the Portfolio Review Prize from the National Geographic Society for her 9-year-long body of work, Llano. In 2017 she was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and in 2018 was awarded the Magnum Foundation Fund for her project Orinoco, Women’s Journal. 

Opening Reception: Friday, May 3rd, 6-9PM
On view: May 3 - June 9, 2024

🚨 Please note that the BDC’s galleries are now accessible by reservation only. To schedule your visit to our 614 Courtlandt Ave and BDC Annex galleries, please email Maria at maria@bronxdoc.org.
Free admission

*This project received the Magnum Foundation Fund in 2018, and thanks to this, the book "Orinoco - Water Border" was published in 2019 by the Peruvian publisher KWY. The texts circulating in the exhibit are part of this book and were written and edited by the plains poet, Cachi Ortegón. Research in this territory has continued, and at the end of 2023, it won a National Geographic Society Storytelling Fellowship to complete and publish a story on the archaeology of the Orinoco River, its ecology, and the current communities. Some photos from this exhibition are part of this unpublished material that will be published in 2025.

The exhibition is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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IMAGES: © Juanita Escobar