Janneth Gil

Janneth Gil is a Colombian-born, New Zealander. She is currently studying a Master of Fine Arts, majoring in Photography at the University of Canterbury and running a Photography Collective in New Zealand.

Janneth started drawing and painting at a young age however, the social instability, poverty and cultural beliefs of her birth country led her to follow an Electrical Engineering and Project Management career. She now has the opportunity to completely dedicate her life to what she is most passionate about, art through the eye of a lens.

She truly believes in helping others with her skills and uses her photography as a tool for social change to empower, teach, or simply help people to better understand others. Through her photography, Janneth depicts people and their interactions with others and their environment, exploring cultures, societal norms and the conflict between perceptions, emotions and reality. Her own social photography-based projects include Our Voices www.ourvoices.co.nz depicting the life stories of a group of people living with disability in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, and Void. Void is largely drawn from Janneth’s autobiographical narratives exploring themes and ideas about identity construction and transculturalism in the context of immigration.

She had the privilege to be awarded several scholarships and awards such as the Ethel Rose Overton Scholarship, Ethel Susan Jones Fine Arts Travelling Scholarship, College of Arts Honours Scholars Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award, Canterbury University Art Scholars scholarship, the Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery Scholarship, the Student of the Year Award at the Design and Arts College of New Zealand and she also was selected as one of the finalists for the ZAFAA18 and the Christchurch Art Show Awards in 2015. She has been also nominated for the New Zealand Latin Awards and the new programme for the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi, Springboard.

Photo Credit: Sol Gil