Eli Farinango is a Kichwa-Otavalo artist and visual storyteller, born in Kichwa territory (Quito, Ecuador), and raised in Ottawa, Canada. Through her practice she explores the vastness and beauty of the healing journey while making intentional space to reclaim personal and ancestral memory through image-making and collaborative processes.
She is a graduate from the University of Toronto (2004), and a graduate of the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center for Photography in New York City (2021) where she was awarded the Jan Mulder Scholarship. She has attended residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, was a Women Photograph Mentee (2019), was part of The Eddie Adams workshop (2021), attended the New York Times Portfolio review (2021) and in 2022, she was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography in Woodstock. In 2023, Eli was selected as the "Ones to Watch" by the British Journal of Photography.
Her work appears in the Women Photographers International Archive, British Journal of Photography, The New Republic, NPR, Where The Leaves Fall, Terremoto Magazine, Illuminative and has been exhibited in various venues across North America including Photoville, Toronto Media Arts Center, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, the International Center of Photography, Leica Gallery Miami, Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival, and the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples.
Eli is a National Geographic Explorer and has received grants from Women Photograph, Indigenous Photograph, and Ontario Arts Council and most recently (2023) her project Wilkay received the Leica Women Foto Project Award.
She is currently based in Lenape Territory (current day New York City)