Paola Paredes (b.1986) is an ecuadorean photographer. Blending traditional documentary photography with staged imagery, her work focuses on issues facing the LGBT community, exploring contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality in Ecuador. Putting herself at the forefront of her imagery, her work represents a personal and intimate challenge to social prejudices, and invites renewed discourse on the interactions between sexuality, family and personal freedom in contemporary society.

 

Paola received a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design in Quito before completing her first photography masters degree at Middlesex University in 2015. She also a second masters in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2016.

 

Her first major photographic work ‘Unveiled’ was widely celebrated upon its publication, and has been extensively distributed online, receiving support from prominent publications including, Huffington Post, Feature Shoot, and Cosmopolitan. Her second project ‘Until You Change’ has also been widely celebrated online with prominent publications in BBC, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, Vanity Fair and more, as well as been exhibited internationally. Skin Deep is her lastest interactive photographic series.

Education
2016-London College of Communication. MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (Distinction)
2015 Middlesex University, London MA Photography (Merit)
 
2011 Metropolitan Institute of Design, Quito, Ecuador BA Graphic Design
Articles & Publications
 
2022
WePresent


2021
Hundred Heroines
Photo London Magazine


2020
Foto Féminas
Salzburg Global Seminar
Sheroes in Quarantine
 
2019
Wambra
P3
The Guardian
 
2017
Outright Action International
Global Americans
Aj+
Al Jazeera
Huffington Post
Vanity Fair
Yahoo News
Elle
Cosmopolitan
Huck Magazine
Feature Shoot
El Mundo
Metro UK
France 24 Les Observateurs
Telesur
The Revelist
Cultura Inquieta
Design Taxi
P3
Dressstyle
Corriere della sera
New York Daily News

2016
BBC
Spindle Magazine
Art Narratives
Fotofeminas

2015
Huffington Post
Feature Shoot
Buzzfeed
Stern
Cosmopolitan
Fotografia
Advocate
Arts Mic
Daily Mail
Bustle
Pride
Metro UK
Vantage
A+ Magazine
Berliner Beitung
Postive Magazine
Darwin Magazine
Otizarisme
Life Framer

Printed Publications
2021
Genesis 2:1 Encontros Da imagen
2019
The Guardian
2018
Amnesty International
2017
L-Mag Berlin
The Funambulist 
 Artefact Magazine
Huck Magazine

Solo Exhibtions
2022
-Skin Deep, East Gate Center, Hundred Heroines, Gloucester Uk
-Skin Deep, Centro Cultural Metropolitano, Quito-Ecuador

2021
-Today is Hard, Hundred heroines (Virtual)
2019
-Until You Change, Wampra Bar, Quito-Ecuador
2018
-Until You Change, Centro Cultural El Cuartel, Ibarra-Ecuador
2017
-Until You Change, Centro Integral Universidad Central, Quito-Ecuador
2016
-'Unveiled', Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC. 

Group Exhibitions

2022
-Skin Deep- Latin American Foto Festival,
BDC- Bronx, NYC
-Melancholia of Virgins- Foto Wien, Atelier Augarten- Vienna, Austria



2021
-Mujeres del Paro - Somos Semilla, Museo de la Ciudad- Quito, Ecuador
-Today is Hard - Buam, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo-Quito, Ecuador

-Until You Change - Encontros Da Imagem-Braga, Portugal
-Until You Change- Galerie Z22- Berlin, Germany

2020
-Until You Change -Imago Lisboa-Lisboa Portugal
- Until You Change - Fundación Francis Naranjo- España

2018
- Sheroes - Ugly Duck Gallery, London
 
2016
-In Scope-Four Corners Gallery, London.
-Festival MeridaFoto, Venezuela.
-Just Another Photo Festival, India.
-Invisible Edges- Ugly Duck Gallery, London.

2015
-Art Gemini Prize-Menier Gallery, London.  
-Exploración de la fotografía en escenarios ibéricos en prácticas conceptuales y documentales-Hillyer Art Space, -Washington DC.  
-Portrait Salon, London.    
-FotoLoft Gallery, Moscú

2015
 -Middlesex University Group Exhibition, Embassy Tea Gallery, London

Awards & Nominations

2018
-Royal Photographic Society- 100 Hundred Heroines, 100 inspirational female image-makers

2017
-Magnum Photos - Graduate Photographer- Nominee
-One World Media Awards- Shortlisted

2016
-Genesis Imaging - Mentorship

2015
-Life Framer Monthly Competition - Winner 
-Art Gemini Prize - Second Prize Winner
-Moscow International Foto Awards- Second Prize Winner- Category: People/Family
-Hillyer Art Space - Winner of a Solo exhibition

Conferences

2022
-The VII Academy -The importance of creating new narrative and importance in ethics - (Virtual)Brazil
-Fotoféminas - Creative process behind Skin Deep - (Virtual)
-Grismedio - Museum curation - Universidad San Francisco -Quito Ecuador
-Cine Escuela - Mental health and sexual education- Portete/Bolivar, Ecuador
-Ecuadorian Association of Photographers
- Skin Deep - (Virtual)


2021
-Hundred Heroines-Skin Deep virtual launch (Virtual)
-Hundred Heroines -The importance of the creative process (Virtual)
-Hundred Heroines- In Conversation with Lola Flash (Virtual)


2020
- Sheroes - Today is Hard- London
- Cinecyclo - Mujeres en el paro de Octubre - Quito Ecuador
-Flacso University - Gender and sexuality - Until you change and Unveiled - Quito Ecuador
-University San Francisco de Quito - Deconstructing the artistic process- Quito Ecuador

2019
-Universidad de las Américas- Until You Change-Quito Ecuador
-Wambra Bar-Until You Change- Quito Ecuador

2018
-Venir al Sur- Until You Change- México DF
-Pride Event Slovenia- Until You Change- Ljubljana, Sloveni

2017
-Flacso University -Until You Change- Quito, Ecuador
- Universidad Central del Ecuador- Documentary photography and personal projects- Quito, Ecuador