Juan Obando was born 1980 in Bogotá, Colombia. He lives and works in Bogotá.
Juan Obando’s work focuses on the critical intervention of social systems through the orchestration of mediated experiences and the development of locative performances, collaborative networks, and experimental publications.
His most recent work deals with mainstream Internet aesthetics and its influence in common societal behaviour, using a playful approach to manipulate the image of the Internet user into author and performer. This work highlights the performative nature of digital culture and proposes connections between usage, navigability and networking with issues of cultural inclusion and exclusion, democratic participation and identity politics.
In 2012 he was awarded the Rhizome Commission from Rhizome and New York’s New Museum to develop the project “MUSEUM MIXTAPE (Dirty South Edition)”.
Juan Obando shows solo since 2009. Among his recent exhibitions are The Champions (solo), El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogotá 2015; Default Browser (solo), (bis) | oficina de proyectos, Cali 2015 and NADA, Bogotá 2015; A Bird Without a Song (Keep Playing) (solo), Espacio ArtVersus, Bogotá 2014; Frame & Frequency, Plecto Galería, Medellín 2014; Colombia hoy, I Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena 2014; La desilusión de la certeza o la ilusión de la incertidumbre, Pabellón ArteCámara, ArtBo, Bogotá 2013; White Only (solo), MIAMI, Bogotá 2013; Goddess Clap Back / Hip Hop Feminism in Art, CUE Art Foundation, New York 2013.