Karen Paulina Biswell was born in 1983 to Colombian parents who emigrated to Paris escaping the extreme political violence of the early 90’s. Her varied oeuvre – which is consistently defying definition – is drawn to subjects of vulnerability morality and human fate. She is committed to capturing the lesser known aspects of contemporary life, the invisible and defiant elements of society, taking a deep interest in extreme states and the depths of the human mind and experience.

“I treated art as the supreme reality and life as a mere mode of fiction.”
– Oscar Wilde


Karen Paulina Biswell
T. + 33 6 63 59 48 54


Valenzuela Klenner Galeria, Bogota
T. + 57 1 243 7752

Represented by

BR Enterprise, Paris
T. +33 6 87 78 63 00


WePresent, NAMA BU
Woman Paper Arles, La Vuelta – Ellas
M, le Magazine du Monde, Hotel Dorantes (in French)
British Journal Of Photography, The Ones to Watch
Vice Colombia, Esta fotógrafa saca a los embera… (in Spanish)
Foto Feminas, Karen Paulina Biswell
Ventana Latina, Diez Preguntas (in Spanish)
Fotografia Magazine, Women of Colombia 

Awards / Grants

2018 – Photography residencies Program 2018 -2019 of the Musée du Quai Branly- Jacques Chirac
2017 – World Press -The 6×6 Global Talent Program / Nominee
2016 – Gd4Photoart Award by MAST Foundation / Nominee
2016 – Higashikawa Award (Japan) / Nominee
2016 – Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles (France) / Nominee
2014 – World Press Photo-Joop Swart Masterclass / Nominee
2013 – IX Premio Colombo-Suizo de fotografía (Colombia) / Second Prize
2012 – La Lettre de Photographie – Bourse du Talent: Portrait (France) / Nominee


2017 –Artist-In-Residence Program -French Institut, French Guiana
2016 – Artist-In-Residence Program, Ses Dotze Naus, Ibiza, Spain
2015 – Artists-In-Residence Program Verzasca Foto, Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions

2018 – ‘Ellas’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2017 – ‘La Dernière Lune’, Les Rencontres Photographiques de Guyane, French Guiana
2016 – ‘Nama Bu’, at le Forum Montesquieu, Bordeaux, France
2015 – ‘Nama Bu’, at le Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France
2015 – ‘Nama Bu’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2013 – ‘Hotel Dorantes’, FIDAAC, Bordeaux, France
2012 – ‘Radio Macondo’, LA OTRA, Independent Contemporary Art Fair, Cartagena, Colombia
2010 – ‘A tres Bandas’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 – ‘Hybridtopographies’, 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsch Banck, Nueva York, USA.
2018 – ‘MEMENTO.CAB’, Fondation Vassarély, Aix-en- Provance, France
2017 – ‘ATTACHES’, Cité Internation des Arts, Paris, France
2017 – ‘DESEO. Una exposición sobre el sexo, el amor y la lujuria’, MAMM, Medellin, Colombia
2017 – ‘La Vuelta’, J1,Marseille France
2017 – ‘La Vuelta’, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France
2016 – ‘Nama BU’, Foto Feminas, Just Another Photo Festival, Varanasi, India.
2016 – ‘Nama BU’, Foto Feminas, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China
2016 – ‘Swinging Bamako’, Les Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France
2014 – Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2014 – FIDAAC, Vilna, Lituania
2014 – ‘POV Female Bogota’, at Valenzuela Klenner Gallery, Bogota, Colombia
2014 – ‘Taxonomie of Desire’, Vasli Souza, Malmö, Sweden
2013 – ‘Taxonomie of Desire’, Espacio Rita, Nagoya, Japan