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Margarita V Beltran (she/her) is a Colombian lens based artist based in Colombia. For a number of years, Margarita has worked on gender, race, and political violence in the context of Colombia and Germany. One of her most recent projects, Arder la casa, has been on display at the Michael Horbach Stiftung in Cologne, Rizoma space in Palermo, the PH Museum of photography in Bologna, among others. Margarita works as a teacher of photography with an approach on decolonization at Bauhaus University and gives workshops in various foundations and institutions worldwide. Beltran is interested in the intersections between art, the politics of care, and apocalyptic fabulations. She is a member of diversify photo and Native Agency.


2022-2023 Adjunct Professor at the faculty of visual communication, Bauhaus University

2022-2023 Research Associate at the E-lab & The bauhaus learning space of Bauhaus University

2023 Visiting Professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts vienna, Austria

2021-2022 Lecturer of photography at the bauhaus module program for Masters candidates at Bauhaus University




2022, Master of arts, Faculty of media art & design. GPA: 4,0 (1,0 sehr gut, german)

Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany


2015, Bachelor of fine Arts. Faculty of arts GPA: 3,6 (4,6 Colombia)

University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia





Hydra + fotografía, photobook incubator fellow, remote

VII Academy, L1 Latin america and the caribbean fellow, remote

ARTBO-tutor Bogota international art fair fellow, remote



Native Agency International Laboratory of Environmental Photography fellow, remote

Michael Horbach Stiftung, artist in residence winner, Cologne, Germany



FotoFocus biennial, project selected for exhibition, canceled due to COVID, Cincinnati, OH



Fountainhead arts, artist in residency winner, Miami, FL

Art SAFIENTAL- Biennale for land and environmental art, artist in residency, Tena, Switzerland


First Workshop for Emerging Latin-American Photographers – University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA 





Rosalbas, a counter family album, Diversify photo hub Photoville, NY

Rosalbas, a counter family album, Le Festival In situ Bazancourt, France


Reclaiming bipoc spaces, Keiner Schoner in dieser zeit, Leipzig, Germany 

Reclaiming bipoc spaces, Pop up show, antiracist day, Erfurt, Germany

Arder la casa at International photography festival PH Museum days, Bologna, Italy

Arder la casa at Photoville New york city. 


Celebrating BIPOC Identities, solo show, traveling exhibition in the cities of Weimar, Gera, Apolda, Germany. 

Arder la casa, on political violences, family and exile, solo show, Michael Horbach Stiftung, Cologne, Germany, 

Reclaiming bipoc spaces, Mon Ami Theater, Weimar, Germany.

Arder la casa, Rizoma space, Palermo, Italy


I see the way you looked at me*, solo show, Clay Street Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, 

Cirque du Bauhaus, Jena Planetarium, Germany

MEMBRANE, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Galerie Nord Berlin, Berlin


Luminescence: Colombian image encounter, Medellín Museum of Modern Art & PBP Medellín, Dec 2018 - February 2019


Missed Connections IN-SITU, Espectro gallery, Mexico City, November


Missed connections performance night, Casa tres patios arts residency, Medellin, Colombia, September

Pavillion art Safiental, Art SAFIENTAL- Biennale for land and environmental art, Switzerland

Open Studios, Fountainhead arts, Miami-USA 

IOWA by Monocolectivo, CreaLab, Medellín


CLOSE-UP Berlinale,  C/O BERLIN, February 5-19.

Medellín- Retrato de ciudad, Levitt Gallery, Iowa City USA


Fembra Placere and other tales, solo show, ITM museum, Medellín 

Espacios, Retratos, Silencios, EPM Public Library, Medellín


Bailata queer, solo show, 43th International salon of Artists Colombia

Fembra Placere, Museum University of Antioquia; Medellín, Colombia. 


Lenscratch, Interview to Margarita V Beltran, Arder la casa, Vicente Cayuela, 12 November 2023

PHOTONEWS Hamburg, Fotografie an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Fragen an Prof. Dr. Birgit Wudtke, July 2023

Radiolote Ausstellung über BIOPiC-Identitäten in Thüringen, 2021

Fototazo, Interview with Margarita Valdivieso, missed connections, Tom griggs,3.17.2017

VICE, ​Diez fotógrafas colombianas que están triunfando y no conoces, Paula Thomas, 4.4.2017

Fototazo. Mono-Colectivo US trip 2015.  Tom Griggs – 2015 

The Daily Iowan. The Other side of Medellín.  Girindra Selleck – 2015 

Press-Citizen. Colombia Photographers to visit, document Iowa City. Por: Paul Ditton – 2015

Blog Fotomeraki: Mono-Colectivo, Colectivo fotográfico – 2015 




LAP City of weimar artist Funds winner, 2023

Bauhaus University Visiting professor funds winner, 2023

Denkbunt Funds winner, 2021

Kreativ Fonds artist grant winner, 2020

Bauhaus University travel funds winner, 2020

Rosa Luxemburg project grants winner, 2019

Colombian ministry of culture artist grant winner, 2019

Magnum Foundation portfolio review, 2018

Colombian ministry of culture artist travel grants winner, 2017 

Photo mexico portfolio review, 2017 

The New York Times Lens Portfolio Review, 2017

Fototazo microgrant photographer 04, 2011



Toro Candela, directed by: Margarita V Beltran, produce by: La vuelta al día. Bogotá, Colombia 2021-2023


2023 Rencontres d’Arles screenings, Fotobus society, Arles, Fr.

         Ojo Rojo Fábrica Visual, Film Screening & talk, Bogotá, Colombia

         Academy of fine arts Vienna, Decolonizing eyes master class, Austria

         GRAMA, Bauhaus University, Medien studies symposium, remote

         Photophlo USA, Photography and representation, remote

         33 recetas,  Film Screening & talk, Bogotá, Colombia

2022 Bauhaus University Master class, Photography and representation, remote

         Room to bloom, Filmscreen and talk, Malmo, Sweden


2021 Goethe Kultur Symposium, Transnational Memory Culture w/ Ulf Aminde, Free     Bangura, Dean Ruddock & Margarita V. Beltran Moderation: Lena Jöhnk (Goethe-Institut Washington DC)

University of el bosque, Artist guest lecture, department of visual art, Bogotá, Colombia.


2019 Clay Street Press, Artist talk solo show I saw the way you looked at me, Cincinnati, OH


2018 University of Tolima, Artist guest lecture,department of visual art, Photography, archives and new media, Ibague, Colombia

         Maleza Art space, artist talk, Photography, archives and new media, Bogota, Colombia




2024 Further 04, photobook by Fotobus society, Germany

2023 Decolonizing eyes Newspaper II, Bauhaus University, Germany

2022 Decolonizing eyes Newspaper I, Bauhaus University, Germany

2020 Further II, photobook, by Fotobus society, Germany. 

2017 Colombian women photographers, photobook, by fotomeraki publisher, Colombia.

2015 Aprendiz de fembra en el espejo sujeto u objeto?, by Cosmopolitan magazine, University of Antioquia, Pages 41-50.

2014 De la Bailata queer y la mediación as a creative process, Third volume of  memories of the 43 international salon of artists, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Colombia, Pag 596-601



Magnum Foundation Intern, New York. 2018

Centro cultural VIVARTE São Paulo, BR 2012



Native agency member 

Diversify photo member: 

Fotobus society member 



Margarita Valdivieso

+ 57 3107801265



1312 Clay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Telephone, (513) 241-3232
Mark Patsfall; Director

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