Juan Franco

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Juan Franco (b. 1991, Bogotá, Colombia) is a visual and performance artist, community organizer, and arts educator.  

Franco is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a FREE visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. This arts festival focuses on Seattle artists and practices that engage with intersectional structures and identities.

As an arts educator, Franco has worked at the nonprofit, Youth in Focus, where they empower urban youth through the language of analog photography and its history. These courses center students’ identities and personal narratives while developing skills in analog photography, creative expression, public speaking, constructive criticism, and critical thinking. 

Franco received a BFA in Art from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle graduating with the highest honors, summa cum laude. In observing the lack of accessible and equitable artists spaces in the city, Franco began a curatorial practice to carve spaces for young artists. This has led them to enroll in an MA in Art History at the University of Washington with a focus on Contemporary Art & Curatorial Studies. Currently, they are honored to  be serving as the assistant curator at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery under the direction of Emily Zimmerman, director of the Gallery. They will complete their degree in 2019.

Statement of Practice

I am an artist who uses photographic, performative, and collage strategies to create works of art. I explore the aesthetic, political, and historical boundaries of intimacy, the queer body, and the built environment.

In the expanded field of education and organizing, I am dedicated to creating and nourishing cultural practices through the lens of social justice, equity, and liberation politics. I am focused on antagonizing institutional processes in Contemporary Art that perpetuate white supremacy, capitalism, and colonialism.