Juana Awad

Juana is a Canadian Colombian media artist 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.

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.

The Austin Museum of Art and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation have bought two of her video pieces for broadcast distribution. Juana has also received various grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts, which have greatly aided her practice, including a Production Grant to Visual Artists (OAC), a Production Grant to Emerging Film and Video Artists (OAC), a Scriptwriting Grant (CCA), a Research Creation Grant to Media Artists (CCA) and various Travel Grants.

At the same time that she has maintained a career as a media artist, Juana has worked in the arts and culture sector directing, managing, programming for, and writing for projects of international scope. The organizations and companies she has worked with include the Toronto International Film Festival, AluCine Latin Media Festival, Planet in Focus Environmental Film and Video Festival, the Salt Distribution Company and York University.


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

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

Incidence or Reflection

2003, 01:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

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.