Juan Franco


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Biography


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Biography

Juan Franco Ricardo (they/them) is a visual and performing artist, curator, and community organizer. Born in Bogotá (Muisca Territory) and currently based in Seattle (Coast Salish Territory), they ground creative practice in their queer, brown, immigrant identity and in solidarity across these communities.

As an artist, Juan constructs image-based works with the aid of film and digital cameras, flatbed scanners, and found imagery while exploring the metaphors and histories of the chemical and digital process. As an organizer, Juan is Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a public, visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle.

Juan has been named the 2019 Neddy at Cornish Curator beginning in September of 2019. They hold an MA in Art History from the University of Washington and a BFA in Photography from Cornish College of the Arts.


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.