Juan Franco

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Juan Franco (they/them/theirs) (b. 1991, Bogotá [Territorio Muisca]) is a visual and performance artist, community organizer, and arts educator.

Franco is Co-Founder and Co-Director of festival:festival, a free and public visual and performing arts festival in Seattle. festival:festival presents and supports artists and cultural workers in Seattle. 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.

In 2014, Franco received a BFA in Art from Cornish College of the Arts and will receive an MA in Art History from the University of Washington with a research focus in Contemporary Art and Curatorial Studies in June 2019. During their studies, they served as Assistant Curator at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery under the direction of Emily Zimmerman, Director of the Gallery.

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.