joana toro

Photographer
   
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Location: New York and Bogota
Nationality: Colombian
Biography: Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian... read on
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Credits: joana toro
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 11/14/19
Being an immigrant is an enormous challenge, this book provokes a reflection on the status of Latin immigrants in the US, their cultural appropriation and new identities, ironies of immigrant life on the margins of a globalized world.  HelloI am Kitty is the result of a personal journal to find my new “identity” viewing right through an eye hole in the head of my Hello Kitty costume while I asked for donations after posing for pictures in Times Square between 2012-2013.
 The phenomenon of Latino immigration is a cultural issue of social appropriation, in which symbols play an integral role in generating images and self-images of Latinos in a society that is itself globalized.  This project is challenge symbols and misconception about Latino immigrants.
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