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Juan Obando
Associate Professor; Co-Coordinator of the Low Residency MFA Program
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Juan Obando holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design, with an Architecture minor, from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia, 2005) and an MFA in Electronic and Time-Based Art from Purdue University (US, 2010). Obando is an artist from Bogotá whose work presents the screen as a space where ideology confronts aesthetics and new worlds are speculated. Obando is interested in an expanded notion of operational systems—the dominant engineering which sustains social units—their intercultural adoption and possible interventions. His recent work includes screen-based installations, post-digital objects, and kinetic sculptures. Through these means, he explores the generalized effects of late capitalism and aggressive globalization and challenges the participation levels in which we operate under these conditions. His recent individual exhibitions include Pro revolution (Espacio Odeón, Bogotá, 2019), Full collabs (Distillery Gallery, Boston, 2018), Jeep VIP (Volta Art Fair, New York, 2017), and Collabs (Nuevo Miami, Bogotá, 2017). The following are some collective exhibitions where he has participated: Game Changers: Video Games and Contemporary Art (MassArt Art Museum, Boston, 2020), Video Sur (Video South) (Palais de Tokio, Paris, 2018), La Vuelta (The Turn) (MAMM, Medellín, 2019) and Rencontres de la photographie (Arles, France, 2017), Aún (Yet), 44 National Artists Salon (Pereira, 2016) and Mde15 (Medellín, 2015). Obando was also awarded a Rhizome commission from The New Museum in 2012, a MassArt Foundation grant in 2017, and an ArtMatters Foundations fellowship in 2019.

2010 - MFA, Studio Arts, Purdue University; 2005 - BA, Industrial Design, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Professional Experience: 

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2021 - La Bodeguita De La Concordia (solo), XI Premio Luis Caballero, Galeria Santa Fé, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2020 - Game Changers, MAAM, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2019 - Pro Revolution (solo), Espacio Odeón, Bogotá, Colombia 2018 Full Collabs, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2019 - My Apocryphal County, CP Project Space, SVA, New York, NY, USA 
  • 2019 - Inflexao, The Wrong Biennial, Online and Sao Paulo, BR
  • 2018 - Full Collabs (solo), Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2018 - Video Sur, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (Curated by ArteSur) 
  • 2018 - Holes in Maps, 601artspace, New York, NY, USA (Curated by Juliana Steiner) 
  • 2018 - La Vuelta, Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia (Curated by Carolina Ponce de León) 
  • 2017 - Jeep VIP (solo), VOLTA Art Fair, New York, NY, USA
  • 2017 - Collabs, MIAMI Contemporary Art Practices, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2016 - Museum Mixtape (solo), Reverse Art Space, New York, NY, USA
  • 2016 - Salón Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia
  • 2016 - Selections - MassArt Faculty Biennial, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2015 - MDE15 - Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia (Curated by Fernando Escobar, Tony Evanko, Nydia Gutierrez)

Selected Publications

  • 2019 - Isabella Accenbach, “Juan Obando: Digital Domain”, Boston Art Review, Issue 4 
  • 2018 - Leah Tripplett-Harrington, “In conversation with Juan Obando”, The Rib, 
  • 2018 - Jameson Johnson, “In conversation with Juan Obando”, Boston Art Review 
  • 2017 - Lola Levent, “Rap et Art Contemporain: it’s a match”, YARD Magazine, Paris, France
  • 2017 -  Christopher Kennedy, “Museum Mixtape, Museum Futures, Brooklyn, NY, USA 
  • 2016 -  Michele Bosak, RE, exhibition catalog, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI 
  • 2016 - Heather Kapplow, “Boston Builds an Artist-in-Residence Program, Bringing Creativity to City Hall”, 
  • 2016 - Sarah Cascone, “Historic Female Dealers Lead the Way at X Contemporary”, 
  • 2016 - Michael Connors, “This What Happens When Art Meets Rappers”, 
  • 2016 - Paddy Johnson, “This Week’s Must Sees: Gatekeepers Be Warned”, ArtFCity,

Selected Recognitions

  • 2021 - XI Luis Caballero Prize, Nomination, Bogotá, Colombia 
  • 2020 - ArtMatters Foundation Fellowship, New York, NY 
  • 2017 - MassArt Foundation Fellowship, Boston, MA 
  • 2016 - Paul Collins Art Award, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2015 - Dissemination Grant, Ministry of Culture, Bogotá, Colombia 
  • 2012 - Rhizome Commission. Rhizome at The New Museum, New York, NY


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