Karen Miranda Rivadeneira American, b. 1983

Karen Miranda Rivadeneira was born in New York City in 1983 and raised in both the United States and Ecuador. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts and holds a post-graduate degree for her studies in photography at the Danish School of Journalism. Nominated for Prix Pictet in 2019, her work has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, SC, the United Nations, and the Photographic Museum of Humanity, among others. She has been an artist in residence in the US, France, and Italy and has taught photography at the California Institute of the Arts and the City University of New York. Rivadeneira has received multiple awards and fellowships including the Photographic Fellowship at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, the New York Foundation for Arts Fellow in Photography, and the Individual Artist grant by the Queens Council of the Arts. Her first monograph Other Stories/Historias Bravas was published in 2017 by Autograph ABP. Her work was featured in the Native America issue of Aperture Magazine (no. 240) last fall and was included in the book Latinx Photography in the United States by Elizabeth Ferrer published this year in January.





Two-person show, Bric Arts media, Fall 2021

MEDA, Solo show, Miyako Yoshinaga gallery, NY

NATIVE AMERICA, Aperture foundation, traveling exhibit group show

Subversive Kin, the act of turning over, group show, El Clemente, NY

Artwork from MEDA Spider Woman Embrace on a billboard for Save Art Space, LA



Our connection to the Land, 3person show, MAPLA, San Jose, California

Mountain Jaguar… +ArteGaleria, Quito Ecuador



20th anniversary group show, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, NYC

Women Photograph exhibit, Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles

FestFotoPoa, Dialogos Internacionales, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Group exhibit, Ylisse Kessler gallery, Santa Fe, NM



Women in film and Photography, Objectifs Centre, Singapore

BAp Festival, 2 person exhibit, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Screening of proposed project, Half King Photo Series, NYC, NY

Solo Show FotoForum, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Solo Show Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, NYC NY

Group show, Natural Artifice, Oxford, London



3 person show, Spiritu, Atlanta Month of Photography exhibit, Atlanta

3 person show Staging the Self, NMHM, Albuquerque, NM.



We are family, Musee Quai du Branly Biennial, Paris, France

Staging the Self, Americas Society, NYC

Latino US, Group Show, King Carlos Spanish Institute Center, NYC



Staging the Self, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, DC

Latino US, Group Show, LACMA, LA

Views from Home, Northlight Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona



Hearst Foundation group show, 8x10, NYC

Exhibition at Itau Cultural, Latin American Forum, Sao Paulo, Brazil

LatinoUS, Embassy of Spain, Washington DC

Crossing Boundaries, Group Show, BRIC Arts&Media, Brooklyn



Recontres des Arles Transience group show, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Solo Show, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Identity, Group Show, Latvia Museum of Contemporary Photography



RealWays Solo show as part of the Real Ways Award, Hartford, Connecticut

Photo Forum Review, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Bliss St. Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon

Pour L'Instant group exhibition, Niort, France

Recontres des Arles, Transience group show, Arles, France

“Home”, Dublin Art Festival, Dublin, Ireland

Other Stories, Diaphane Foundation Photo Festival, Breche, France

Juried Show at Newspace Center of Photography, Washington, Seattle



En Foco at Calumet Photographic, New York, NYC

Vision de la Mort, group show Queens Museum, NYC

Migrations, United Nations Exhibition, NYC



Assab 1, Milan, Italy

The Aesthetics of Resistance, Milan, Italy



Closer, Westside Gallery, NYC



Artist in Residence at Woodstock Center for Photography, 2021

Artist in Residence at Bric Arts Media

Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, Taos, New Mexico, 2013 and 2017

LightWork Artist-in-Residence, Syracuse, NY, 2012

Pour L'Image Residency, Niort, France, 2011

Fondazione Antonio Ratti, residency w/Alfredo Jaar, Como, Italy, 2005



We Women grant, 2020

Shortlisted for the Berido Hariban Award, Japan, 2019

Shortlisted for the Rolex Mentor/Protégé Initiative, Switzerland, 2019

Nomination for the Prix Pictet, Hope, Switzeland, 2019

Image for cover of UNESCO Courier dedicated to the Indigenous languages, 2019

Paul Huf award nomination, 2018

Photography Fellowship at the Musee quai du Branly, Paris, France, 2017/2018

WorldPress Photo 6x6 program nomination, 2017

Greenpeace Photography nomination, 2016/2017

Selected Artist at the 3rd Latin American Forum, Sao Paulo, 2015

Selected photographer for the NYT review, NYC 2013 and 2015

Recontres des Arles Invited Artist, Arles, France, 2012

Photoannual, photo festival in Beauvais, France, 2011

NYFA, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, NYC, 2010

Real Art Ways Photography Award, 2010

"New Works #13" by Anne Tucker, Nueva Luz journal, Vol.14, 2010

Selected Participant for the LMCC Workspace, NYC, 2009

New Works Photography Fellowship Award, EnFoco, NYC, 2009

Individual Artist Initiative Award, Queens Council of the Arts, 2009

Urban Artist Initiative Award, Bronx Council of the Arts, 2009

Biennial FotoFest Photo Review, Texas, 2009

Danish School of Journalism, Photography Grant, Arhus, Denmark, 2007


Public Collections

Musee du Quai Branly

LightWork foundation

Pour L'Instant, Niort, France

EnFoco Collection, NYC

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Museum of Fine Arts, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fondazione Ratti, Milan, Italy



Other Stories/Historias Bravas Book release, Autograph ABP, London