Julia Justo


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Julia Justo is an Argentine visual artist based in New York.
She combines digital technology, embroidery and collage to create mixed media works, often working from vintage pictures that give her work a sense of history, she uses them to illustrate the flow of time and to throw light on current social conflicts.
She believes that present social struggles are rooted in the past and her role as an artist is to give society the tools to resist discrimination and to protest all other injustices.
She holds a MFA from University of Argentina. Her awards include a LMCC grant, a Certificate of Recognition from Laura Phipps, Curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art; an Award of Merit from Frank Buffalo Hyde and a Buenos Aires Museum Award among others.
She has shown extensively in the USA and abroad.



My work reflects on the social and political powers that affect me, an immigrant and a Latin woman, and my community. The organic and geometric shapes emphasize the heterogeneity of my New York neighborhood, with all of its classes, genders and races.
My work comes from a sense of belonging to a community. Still, I am also inspired by individuality, differences and innovation. I find inspiration in my daily life, particularly my experiences and thoughts about the treatment of minorities and immigrants.
The protagonists of my work are law enforcement officers and immigrants, two models that our society sees as opposites. These models metamorphose, there is a symbolic transformation, they are connected and fluid. It's a rethinking, a mutation of two protagonists separated by class, race and social status.
My models are not silent. They are committed to a social service. They highlight organizations dedicated to helping immigrants. For that purpose I used the expanded media of photography to bring the viewers' attention to the immigrant voice, which in this case takes the form of an advertisement.
My work is black and white with a small area of color. This is a strategy often used in advertising to draw attention to a focal point, which here is a speech of solidarity and commitment.

The Sign “The Sign”

Mixed media (photograph, embroidery)

The Bridge “The Bridge”

Mixed media (photograph, embroidery)