Juan Brenner - Rocket Science

Juan Brenner is a self-taught photographer who lives and works in Guatemala City. His first monograph “Tonatiuh” was nominated for Aperture’s First Book Award and won the 2019 Lensculture's Emerging Talent Award. After working in New York as a fashion photographer for over a decade, Brenner returned to his native Guatemala where he began making work about the people and complex territory in the country’s Western Highlands. Juan uses photography to reflect on the fluidity and abstract nature of identity and territory, his images capture the complexities of cultural hybridization and, more poignantly, the way power, hierarchical structures and inequality are instrumentally continued through time.