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Jessica Mitrani is a Colombian-born, New York-based artist working in performance and video. Her work has been exhibited, screened, and broadcast internationally. Some of the videos she has written and directed include Rita Goes to the Supermarket (Oberhausen Film Festival), Headpieces for Peace (Grand Prix at the ASVOFF5 Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín), La Divanée (Nowness, Marfa Film Festival, Oaxaca Film Festival), and the series A Crucigramista (ARTE1, Brazil, created in collaboration with Paula Parisot). Her collaboration with the Civilians theater group, The Undertaking, was performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s New Wave Festival. Mitrani received a grant from the Hermès Foundation to make the immersive film and performance work Traveling Lady, starring iconic Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, which appeared at Crossing the Line, New York; New Settings, Paris; Soluna International Music and Arts Festival, Dallas; Oslo World; and Liberatum Festival, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City. In 2019 her video To reincarnate as a palm tree was commissioned for the exhibition “Universos Desdoblados” (Unfolding Universes) at the Museum of Modern Art in Bogota as part of the 45th Salón Nacional de Artistas in Bogotá, Colombia.

In 2020 Mitrani was one of eighty artists invited by the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art to participate in the project De voz a voz (Word of Mouth), the first major artistic project of the pandemic in Colombia, in which the works were published by the newspaper EL TIEMPO. An exhibition at the museum that included all the original pieces took place in September 2020. Her collage was chosen, along with that of five other artists, as a poster plastered through the streets of Bogota. 
I Dreamt the Landscape was Looking at me was one of the winning proposals from a call by the MAMBO, the solo show was presented at the Museum in 2021.


Mitrani has been invited to develop a multimedia project as a Guest Artist for the 2022 Princeton Atelier.




Born in Colombia, 1968

Lives and works in New York


Solo Exhibitions


2022 I Dreamt the Landscape was Looking at me, La mama Galeria - NY New York 

2021 I Dreamt the Landscape was Looking at me,  MAMBO - Bogotá, Colombia 


2019/2020 To Reincarnate as a Palm Tree, OCDChinatown -  New York, NY 


2016 Traveling Lady, The Screening Room - Miami, FL


2014 Straitjacket, Curly Hair,  Lust Gallery - Vienna, Austria


2014  Headpieces For Peace, fi:af, New York, NY


2013 Single Shoe, Disjekta Contemporary Art Center of Portland. - Portland, Oregon (Curated by Summer Guthery)


2011 Lupe & the Austrians, Christopher Paschall Gallery - Bogota, Colombia


2011 Nora on the Beach, Christopher Paschall Gallery - Miami, FL

2010 In a Single Shoe, Christopher Paschall Gallery, - Bogota, Colombia


2009 In a Single Shoe, Partners and Spade - New York, NY


2008 Articulos Femeninos, Museum of Modern Art - Barranquilla Colombia (Curated by Alvaro Barrios)



Group Exhibitions

2020  De voz a voz (Word of Mouth),  MAMBO - Bogotá, Colombia 


2019 45 Salon Nacional de Artistas, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota MAMBO - Bogota, Colombia 


2019 PASADO TIEMPO FUTURO: Arte en Colombia en el Siglo XXI, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin, Colombia

2018 XVI Salón Regional de Artistas, (SRA) del Caribe - Barranquilla,  Colombia 

2016 The Fantastic Journeys of Energy, Kappatos Gallery - Athens, Greece

2016 VIS A VIS, Muestra internacional de Videoarte desde la Perspectiva de Género - Cartagena, Colombia/ Montreal, Canada


2015 Nothing to Hide, The Feminine Landscape of 12 Latin American Artists, Tillou Fine Art - Brooklyn, New York   (Curated by Monika Bravo and Manuela Viera-Gallo)


2012 Do your thing, White Columns Gallery - New York, NY


2012 Second Skin, VPL INPUT Journal Foundation - New York, NY


2011 Insalaam Inshalom, Beit Ha’ir Museum for Urban Culture - Tel- Aviv, Israel


2010 Field of Dreams, Curated by the Bruce High-Quality Foundation. Prospect Park, Brooklyn.


2010 Multiple Pleasures, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery - New York, NY


2010 Global Design Exhibition, Museum für Gestaltung - Zürich, Switzerland


2009 Unhinged, Dopolavoro Gallery - Milan, Italy


2005 Articulos Femeninos, Art Basel - Miami, FL


2000/2002 Contemporary Caribbean art from Colombia, Toured in more than 17 countries (Curated by Alvaro Barrios)


2000 Mujeres Costenas, Museum of Modern Art - Barranquilla, Colombia (Curated by Alvaro Barrios)




2019 Into the wild heart (by Clarice Lispector), The New Stage Theater Company - New York, NY


2018 Travelling Lady (Liberatum Festival), Museo Universitario del Chopo - Mexico City, Mexico


2017 Love, Travel & Resilience, Oslo WORLD Festival - Oslo, Norway


2017 Travelling Lady, SOLUNA Festival, Wyly Theater - Dallas Texas

2016 The Undertaking (In collaboration with The Civilians; Next Wave Festival) BAM Brooklyn - New York, NY


2014 Traveling Lady (New Settings Programme), Theatre de la Cite Internationale - Paris, France


2014 Traveling Lady (Crossing the Line Festival), Frances Gould Theatre - New York, NY


2010 The Clipper (Curated by Marianne Vitale as part of “You should have been there an hour ago”), Kunstverein - New York, NY


2008 The Round of Pleasure, New Stage Theatre Company - New York, NY


2007 Articulos Femeninos (In collaboration with Caridad Martinez), Brooklyn Ballet -  Brooklyn, NY


2006  Articulos Femeninos (In collaboration with Caridad Martinez) - Chiapas, Mexico


2006 Some Historic Some Hysteric (In collaboration with Ildiko Nemeth), The New Stage Theatre Company - New York, NY


2003 Come and Go (In collaboration with Ildiko Nemeth), The New Stage Theatre Company - New York, NY


2003 Dial a Mother (In collaboration with Ildiko Nemeth), The New Stage Theatre Company - New York, NY


2002 First Ladies, New Stage Theatre Company - New York, NY


1993/1995 Tiempo de Luna Creciente, Kore Theatre Company - Barranquilla, Colombia. (Toured around various cities in Colombia)


Film Screenings


2018/2019 A Crucigramista,  ARTE1 - Brazil (co-written with Paula Parisot)


2016 Traveling Lady/The movie (TRT 34min), Hawaii short film festival - Hawaii, USA


2016 Traveling Lady/ The Perfect Brand (TRT 8min), Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals Festival - Bal Harbor, Miami


2015 Traveling Lady/ The Perfect Brand (TRT 8min), Fashion in Film: Somerset House - London, UK


2014 La Divanee (TRT13min), Oaxaca International Film Festival - Oaxaca, Mexico


2014 Future Feminism, The Hole Gallery - New York, NY (With Kembra Pfahler and Melanie Bonajo)


2014 La Divanee (TRT13min), Marfa Film Festival - Marfa, Texas


2014 La Divanee (TRT13min), The Americas Film Festival - New York, NY. (Presented by CUNY University and the National Museum of the American Indian)


2014 La Divanee (TRT13min), Neuehouse - New York, NY (With Adrienne Edwards, Walker Arts Center and Performa Institute)


2014 Performing Femininity, CUNY - New York, NY


2013 Video Collaborations with Threeasfour, Jewish Museum - New York, NY


2013 Six Stories In a Single Shoe,  PICA: Time Based Art Festival - Portland, Oregon


2012 Headpieces for Peace, ASVOFF5 FESTIVAL: Pompidou Center - Paris, France (Grand Prix, awarded by MK2 cinemas)


2012 Gesamt, Copenhagen Art Festival: Kunsthal Charlottenborg - Copenhagen, Denmark. (Toured in various venues and festivals around the world)


2010 This Line is Part of a Very Large Circle, Textile Museum - Washington D.C., USA


2009 New York Minute/In Her Crystal Dream, MACRO Museum - Rome, Italy (Collaboration with threeASFOUR)


2009 Mary Jane, Hors-Pistes Festival. Pompidou Center - Paris, France


2008 Mary Jane, Jeu de Paume Museum with ASVOFF: Guggenheim - Bilbao, Spain


2008 Mary Jane, Jeu de Paume Museum with ASVOFF  Museum of Modern Art -  Sao Paolo, Brazil 

2008 In A Single Shoe, Salon Internacional del Autor Audiovisual. Cinemateca de Barranquilla, Colombia


1999/2003 Rita Goes to the Supermarket, 47 Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany (Toured around the world in various venues and festivals)


2003 La Nueva Ola Caribe /Rita Goes to the Supermarket, Museum of Modern Art - Bogotá, Colombia


1996/1998 Juana Tenia Pelo de Oro (by Pacho Bottia), Cartagena International Film Festival, Colombia



Smith College 

Women make Movies

Videoteca del Sur

Latin American Archives in New York

Fundacion Patrimonio Filmico Colombiano in Bogota

Beit Hair Museum in Tel Aviv

CUNY film studies

, among others.


Grants and Awards


2018 NYSCA Individual Artist Grant/Theatre Artist Commissions

"Into the wild heart" by Clarice Lispector produced by The New Stage Theater Company

2014 Grant from Fondation d’entreprise Hermès /New Settings program

For Traveling Lady film and live performance.


2012 MK2 Cinemas Grand Prix ASVOFF5 / George Pompidou Centre in Paris, France

For Headpieces for Peace project


2006 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Artist Grant / New Stage Theatre Company

For the production of Some Historic Some Hysteric

Nominated for best art performance off-Broadway by the Independent theatre awards


2001 Eagle Award/ Women in the Director's Chair

For the program “sometimes the wind changes the air” with "Rita Goes to the Supermarket"


1999 Grant for writing short pieces. Workshop with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Como contar un cuento at the Escuela Internacional de San Antonio de Los Banos. Cuba. With the support of Fundacion para un Nuevo periodismo Iberoamericano, Cartagena, Colombia.



2002 MFA. Theatre Director. The New School University/Actors Studio Drama School, New York, NY.


1994 Law Degree. Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia.

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