Self-taught photographer, lives and works in Guatemala City.
After working in New York as a fashion photographer for over a decade, Brenner returned to his native Guatemala where he began making work about the people and complex territory in the country’s Western Highlands.
Juan uses photography to reflect on the fluidity and abstract nature of identity and territory, his images capture the complexities of cultural hybridization and, more poignantly, the way power, hierarchical structures and inequality are instrumentally continued through time.
Brenner’s first monograph, Tonatiuh, was shortlisted for the 2019 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation First PhotoBook Award. For the same project, he was a winner of LensCulture’s 2019 Emerging Talent Award
His works have been featured in publications including Aperture, British Journal of Photography, Le Monde, VICE, C-41, Aint Bad, Fisheye, Booooooom, California Sunday Magazine, Paper Journal, Collector Daily, I-D Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Pardo, Loupe, Palm Studios, Metal Magazine, Musee, JOIA and Balam Magazine.
He is a founding member of Proyectos Ultravioleta in Guatemala City.
IG Juan Brenner
– Genesis — TOBE Gallery / Budapest
– Retratos Inocentes — Guatephoto / Guatemala City
– El Diario de Roldán — Proyectos Ultravioleta / Guatemala City
Selected group exhibitions
– Grand Prix Images Vevey 2021/2022 – Musée Jenisch Vevey / Vevey
– Undoing Time – ASU Art Museum / Arizona
– NFT SUX — TOBE Gallery / Budapest
– Lens Culture Discoveries — Gallerie Joseph / Paris
– Gonçaga — La Erre / Guatemala City
– Gonçaga — Antítesis / Panama
– Espacio Blanco — La Erre / Guatemala City
– Esto es — Casa Tomada / San Salvador
– Sextanisqatsi — Convento de San Ildefonso (X Bienal) / Monterrey
– Los Padres, la Distancia y el Speed — Proyectos Ultravioleta / Guatemala City
– Grand Prix Images Vevey – Documentary, Honourable Mention with Marvelous Phenomena
– Aperture Portfolio Prize, runner up
– PhMuseum – Main Prize, Honourable Mention with Genesis
– Aperture Foundation / Paris Photo – First Book Award, shortlisted
– LensCulture – Emerging Talent Award, shortlisted
Presence in Art Fairs
– UNSEEN – TOBE Gallery / Amsterdam
– The Ravine, The Virgin, & The Spring by Juan Brenner, published by Pomegranate Press / Richmond
– TONATIUH by Juan Brenner, published by Editorial RM / Madrid
Works in collections
Art Nexus, Colombia
Hugo Quinto & Juan Pablo Lojo, Guatemala
Wolf Bauman, Guatemala