Andrés Pantoja is a visual artist working primarily with photography. Initially trained as a graphic designer, he moved towards a career in the arts, graduating with honors from his BA in Visual Arts in Bogotá, 2010. Since then, Andrés has worked as a freelance artist and photographer; his artistic practice is complemented by his work in the field of documentary photography, and motivated by a profound social concern. While living in Colombia, his work reflected local political and social issues, such as the enormous number of refugees resulting from the country’s decades long internal conflict.
Since moving to London, Andrés has been developing a body of work that, while maintaining his interest in politics and society, reflects issues particular to the city of London.
Andrés has exhibited widely both in the UK and internationally; his most recent solo exhibition was in 2017 at Frontera Gallery, Mexico. He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in the UK, Italy, Spain and Colombia amongst others; he was selected for the AOP Open 2013 where he won the AOP...more
-Obsolete & Discontinued, Waterstones Book Shop Gallery, London, UK, 30th Sept 2018 - 27th Oct 2018
-Entre Aguas, Frontera Gallery, Mexico, June to July 2017
-Obsolete & Discontinued, Shaelpic Photokunstbar, Cologne, Germany, 4th Nov 2016 - 3rd Feb 2017
-Photomonth Photo Open, Rich Mix, London, 2nd Nov - 27th Nov 2016
-LIP annual exhibition, Espacio Gallery, London, UK, 14th Nov - 20th Nov
-Dalston street show, Photomonth, Dalston, London, UK, 14th Oct - Nov 11 2016
-Folding Light at Revela-T Festival, Vilassar de Dalt, Spain, 20th May - 5th Jun 2016
-Winter Salon, Rough Print Gallery, London, UK, December 3rd 2015 to February 2016.
-A Blue Show, an exhibition of cyanotypes by the Penumbra Collective, The Fitzrovia Gallery, 15 September 15th to October 1st 2015, London, UK
-"Chasing Shadows", Guest exhibitor, Gallery Ten, Dubling, 25th June 6th August 2015
-Juried exhibition, Actinic Festival at Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 26th to July 26th 2015
-"Animal Portraits", Camden Image Gallery,...more
Empty Baggage (Equipaje vacío) is an installation piece made in different locations in Colombia, South America, a country whose population has undergone mass displacement due to internal violence. The work captures, through photography, the sites that have been destroyed and abandoned as a consequence of conflict, as well as the inhabitants of these places, who, having been forced to flee their homes, years later return to the same sites and try to rebuild their lives. In addition to these photographs, found objects are also an important part of the piece. These objects were collected at the same abandoned sites and photographed in the studio. These studio photographs were printed as posters and pasted on city walls in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital a city with an enormous population of refugees. Further, the objects themselves were exhibited as an installation piece that alludes to the basic human rights that these refugees lose upon having to flee their homes; water, food, land, hope.more