joana toro

Photographer and educator—Working in issues of immigration identity and social justice
    
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Location: Colombia
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, World Press... read on
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Credits: joana toro
Date of Work: 12/31/69 - 12/31/69
Updated: 09/22/20
Location: Meta,Colombia

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San Martin, Meta is a town located in the middle of Colombia’s eastern plains. Each year since the 18th century San martin’s people have staged an elaborate event that symbolizes the origin of the Latin American peoples as forged in war and conquest.

The Festival de Cuadrillas (Festival of Troops) features an equestrian choreography which represents with Spanish soldiers, Arabian soldiers, Indians and Africans.The festival was invented in 1735, during the Colonial Period, by a Catholics priest, Gabino de Gamboa. The four troops in the festival represent two historical facts: the battles between Spanish and Arab in the Old World, and the Spanish conquest of America.

These images show the troops which represent Africans slaves, called “Los Cachaceros”. These “black” cowboys use animal skins, tusks beasts, turkey feathers, and exotic birds to make their costumes and a honey-based makeup and charcoal to paint their bodies.


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Hello I am Kitty

By joana toro — Being an immigrant is an enormous challenge , this photo essay provokes a reflection on the status of Latin..
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Love Wins (Covid-19) ongoing

By joana toro — Residents of Jackson Heights in Queens line up to receive groceries from   Love Wins Food Pantry..
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TransLATINAS

By joana toro — ongoing project Translatinas, that explores the challenges and resistance of transgender women from Central..
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Samples of Book

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DACA Activists of New York

By joana toro / New York City — Dreamers are at risk of losing their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) visa status. DACA is a..
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Dressing Room

By joana toro / Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, US — In the dressing room , of local LGBTQ clubs in Queens, New York the participants and audiences have many..
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Colombia on my mind

By joana toro / Colombia — I was born in a country with an on-going civil war, just like my mother and grandmother.  Colombia on..
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Nasa: Ancient Warriors.

By joana toro / Cauca Colombia — The Nasa or Páez people, are an indigenous ethnic group, with an estimated population of 70,000..
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Agriculture and Habitat

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Fashionistas

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Midwives Buenaventura

By joana toro / Buenaventura,Colombia — Daily work of a guild of midwives in Colombia's Pacific Coast. I enter the midwives’ association..
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Emeralds

By joana toro / Colombia — Colombia produces 55% of the world's emerald market.  These prized gems, considered the best in..
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