Eli Farinango is a Kichwa artist and visual storyteller, born in Kichwa territory (Quito, Ecuador) and raised in Turtle Island (Canada). Through her practice she explores the vastness and beauty of the healing journey making intentional space to reclaim ancestral memory through the image. In her documentary work she advocates for human rights, environmental justice and collaborative processes.
She holds an Honours BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in the Toronto Media Arts Centre, International Centre of Photography, Photoville, Casa Palma in Bogota, and various artists-run centres
She has been published in various publications including The New Republic, NPR, Remezcla, Waging Nonviolence, Telesur English. In 2019, she was awarded the first prize in the individual category in the international photography contest by Fotografas Latinoamericanas, shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Emerging artist scholarship, selected to be a Women Photograph mentee.
She has attended residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Trainings for The Not Yet & Indigenous Media Residency), she has been a Women Photograph Mentee (2019), was part of The Eddie Adams workshop in 2021. In 2020, she was awarded the Photographers Without Borders X Sony Canada Scholarship, she is the recipient of the Director’s fellowship at the International Centre of Photography in New York City, where she graduated from the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program.
Her long-term project Runa Kawsay received the 2021 Women Photograph Grant and was recently exhibited in Photoville (New York City)
She is a member of the Journal collective, Women Photograph, Diversify Photo’s UPnext, 400 Years collective, Indigenous Photograph and Kichwa Hatari.
She is currently based between Hamilton, Canada and New York.