Nicolas Janowski


B.1980 Based in Buenos Aires.

Nicolas Janowski is a lens based artist, anthropologist, human rights activist and curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He earned a BA degree in Anthropology from the UAB in Barcelona and went on to study Photography studies at Centre Iris in Paris and the Asociación de Reporteros Gráficos in Argentina. Nicola works between art, documentary practices and curatorial processes, and his work is linked to the concept of territory, the sense of belonging, and hybrid identities from an intersectional perspective in Latin America. The aspect of historical context is central in his narrative as well as its diffusion through trans-medial and expanded platforms.

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Nicolas’ projects are characterized by using different mediums such as off screen sound, narrative sound, text, cartography and archival images to recreate the idea of territory and habitat. His most recent projects are based on collaborative and experimental ideas.

Among other awards and distinctions, Nicolas has received recognitions at FotoVisura award, a Burn Magazine award in 2013 and a first place award at Repsol Lima Photo in 2014. In 2015 TIME Magazine highlighted him as one of the nine photographers to follow in Argentina and his book Fin del Mundo co-published by Chaco & Universidad de Cadiz won the Latin American Photobook award in 2017. The same year he was guest curator of the San José Foto International Photography Festival in Uruguay. In 2016 Nicola was nominated for the 6x6 Talent by World Press Photo and the 10 × 10 CLAP Latin America Photobook prize. In 2018, he was a member of the WorldPress Photo Joop Masterclass.

Nicolas’ work is exhibited in Latin America, Europe and the United States and is part of public and private collections in Argentina’s National Beaux Art Museum, Moscow’s Contemporary Art Museum and Juan Mulder’s private collection and others.

Nicolas has collaborated with organisations and individuals in the development and dissemination of contemporary Latin American photography. He has also been a jury member of judges for international awards, among others: the García Marquez Foundation for the new Ibero-American journalism (Colombia); the FELIFA prize of the author's book fair (Argentina); Magenta Foundation International Prize (Canada); and the Photojournalism Prize for Peace Juan Antonio Serrano (Ecuador).

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Selected works

The Intelligence of Flowers

The Intelligence of Flowers

Nicolas Janowski

"From living things, the soul is seen fundamentally, while bodies become nebulous realities" Materlinck, 1911. "Wisdom never says one thing and nature another" Juvenal, S VIII. The humanizing process of cannabis has given rise to an alternative current that proposes to distance itself from this anthropization of the cannabis landscape (transformation that the human being…

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Liquid Serpent

Liquid Serpent

The Amazon is neither man nor animal. She is nature’s hybrid. Mirrors of man’s contradiction, of a world to which she belongs and yet remains distant. The Amazon bears forth…

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Adrift in Blue

Adrift in Blue

"Adrift in blue" is the story of a legendary place, from the moment that the imaginary of the End of that Inhospitable World is installed until its transmutation into a…

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Afro Argentina

Afro Argentina

The historically dominant narrative conceived by the Argentinian nation-state presents the country as predominantly white, with European roots, excluding any reference to Africa in the construction of its identity. Based…

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