Johan Orellana (b. 1998) is an Ecuadorian-born and, both, Spaniard and American-raised lens-based artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. His bodies of work, a mix of photographic approaches, encapsulate moments of high experiential affinity where individuals, objects, and landscapes become interrelated representations of the artist’s visual brain map. He finds interest in visual dichotomies, parallels, intersections, and tangents that mainly result in observations about the domestic and public spaces, recontextualization of national historical and family archives, and documentation of a geographical area or community. Orellana received two B.A. degrees from Bard College in Spanish Studies and Photography.
2021     B.A. Photography, Bard College
2021     B.A. Spanish Studies, Bard College

2024     In/Between 2024: Cosmic Domestic, NY Live Arts Ford Foundation Live Gallery, New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, New York, NY
2023     Fusion, Omola Studio for Wábi Gallery, Wábi Gallery, New Haven, CT
2023     May Brings Flowers, Omola Studio, Blake Hotel Gallery, New Haven, CT
2023     Artist Prospering Really is Limitless (APRiL), Omola Studio, New Haven Business Center, New Haven, CT
2022     El Santo Niño Project, Cristian Anthony Vallejo Memorial Gallery, CAV Gallery, Las Cruces, NM 
2021     Homecoming 2021, MFA Photography Reviews, James Kerney Campus Gallery, Trenton, NJ
2021     Erratic Space: Senior Thesis Show, Woods Studio, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
2020     La Frontera: A New Latinx Lexicon, Humble Arts Foundation, web
2019     Duality, My Personality, Phe Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2024     Artist-in-Residence, BRIClab Contemporary Art Residency 2024-2025, BRIC, NY
2024     Runner-Up, PhotoWork Foundation, NY
2024     Mentee, Immigrant Artist Program, New York Foundation of the Arts, NY
2023     Spring Fellow, Magnum Foundation Fellowship, NY
2020     Bard Photography Department Award, Bard College, NY 
2017      Higher Education Opportunity Program, Bard College, NY

2021     Pearl Press, Issue 5 "On Crowds”, Spring (web & print)

2022     Techniques in Creative Practice, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

2023     Interview with Spring ‘23 Fellow Johan Orellana, Magnum Foundation, December 2023 (web)
2023     Art Council Greater New Haven, Photography and Pharmaceuticals in Wábi Gallery’s “Fusion,” September 2023 (web and print)
2023     WTNH News 8, Exhibition Reshaping New Haven’s Art Scene, June 2023 (web and video)
2023     Omola Studio, May Brings Flowers, May 2023 (web and print)
2023     Magnum Foundation, Spring Magnum Foundation Fellow, May 2023 (web)
2023     Omola Studio, Artists Prospering Really is Limitless, April 2023 (web and print)
2022     ¡MIRA! Newsletter, Johan Orellana by Sandra Riaño, April 2022 (web)

Bard College, Photography Department, Mentor (Volunteer), Spring 2023-Spring 2024
Magnum Foundation, Spring Fellow, 2023
Feather Creative, Retouching Assistant, Fall 2021-present 
The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art, Research Center, Librarian Assistant, 2017-2020 
Stephen Shore Studio, Studio Intern, Fall 2019-Spring 2020 
Tinker Street*, Office Intern, Fall 2019-Spring 2020

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