Juana Awad

Juana is a Canadian Colombian media artist and curator born in Bogotá in 1977 and relocated to Toronto in 1998. After studying one year of Anthropology at the National University in Colombia she transferred to the University of Toronto (Trinity College) where she completed a Hon. B.A. with a double degree in Semiotics and Communication Theory and Drama, gaining a Provost Delworth Graduation Award. She attained her MFA in Fine Art Media at the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art (London, UK) in 2008 and her MA in Cultures of the Curatorial at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (Leipzig, DE) in 2017. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Juana’s media works have been exhibited at festivals and galleries around the world. International exhibitions and screenings include: Rencontres Internationales (Berlin, Madrid, Paris), Argos Arts (Brussels), Impakt Festival (Utrecht), UNESCO (Paris), Gallery 27 (London), VideoEx Festival (Zurich), MIX21 Experimental Festival (New York), Pacific Archive (San Francisco), Sanhe Museum (China), Larzish Festival (India), Museum of Modern Art (Colombia) and Rio Curta Cinema Film Festival (Brazil). National exhibitions and screenings include: Maison de la Culture and Edgy Women Festival (Montréal), Art Gallery of Hamilton, ASpace Gallery, InsideOut Film Festival, Cinecycle, Somewherethere, Hysteria Festival and The Theatre Centre.

As a curator and cultural producer Juana has held posts in Canada, England and Germany include at/with the University of the Arts Berlin, Afrikamera Film Festival, York University, Toronto International Film Festival, AluCine Latin Media Festival and Planet in Focus Environmental Film and Video Festival, among others.

Artist Code: 266


Mi tío abuelo estuvo aquí antes (My Great-uncle was here before)

2012, 17:52 minutes, colour, Spanish with English Subtitles

Punctum & Back

2011, 07:00 minutes, colour, no dialogue

The Beginning

2011, 02:25 minutes, colour

Oriana (single channel video installation)

2008, 12:10 minutes, English / Spanish

Easter Week

2007, 14:00 minutes

Drowning in a Glass of Water

2007, 02:30 minutes

Love Effect

2007, 07:08 minutes


2007, 03:22 minutes


2006, 04:55 minutes, colour, English/Spanish with English Subtitles


2005, 04:30 minutes, colour, English - Spanish

Menguante (Waning Moon)

2005, 05:00 minutes, colour, Spanish

time remapping/regresando

2004, 04:00 minutes, colour, Spanish & English

In DEEp Skin

2004, 06:51 minutes, Colour, English, Spanish

Juana's Grammar

2003, 08:40 minutes, Colour, English/Spanish w/ subtitles

Incidence or Reflection

2003, 01:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Curatorial Incubator v. 18: Learning from the Local
by Lisa Steele. Toronto: V tape, 2022.
Queer Women's Performance Symposium
by Laine Newman. Canadian Theatre Review, Winter 2012, v. 149.
Minutes of Video Glory
by John Terauds. The Toronto Star, Nov. 18, 2004.