Juan is an artist who builds his work through the use of photography and video installation. His pieces refer to social and cultural representations of sexuality, disability and gender within Western society. Juan studied an MA in Media Arts at Westminster University, and has lived and worked in London since 1994. His work began to take form in 1991-1996, when he produced “Transformers’ and ‘The Sexual Androgyne’, where he photographed people who ‘transgress norms of appearance and behaviour in order to challenge our perceptions of gender representation’.
Juan came to PVA MediaLab in 2002 and became involved with the Vivid Lab residency, where he produced the short film ‘Who are you entertaining to?’ This piece was so successful that it gained an award at the Queer ID Festival in Idaho, 2007.
Since then, Juan has continued to produce more works. In 2003 he made ‘Fleches Sans Corps’, in association with Artsadmin and working in partnership with London Metropolitan University. The main aim was to showcase how immigrants are portrayed in the media.
In 2006 he was invited to participate in the Arts Council funded Adjustments Programme, supported by Full Circle Arts, where he created an on-site large-scale video installation exploring childhood memories of abuse and loneliness. Juan was also recently awarded with the artist-in-residence at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá.
In 2010, he was invited to take part in ‘SlipStream’, a Creative Campus Initiative organised in partnership with University of Kent and Dada-South; this project will be part of the UpStream Showcase in Brighton, 2011, and ‘Nothing to Declare’, Manila, Philippines.