Cristina Velásquez is an artist working primarily with photography and sculptural paper compositions. Her work examines postcolonial structures of power in Latin America, such as race, gender, class, and labor distribution. She is interested in the way one culture translates another, and 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 Bogotá and New York. She is currently a curator for New Poetics of Labor.