Born in Mexico City in 1974, Alejandro Durán is a multimedia artist now based in Brooklyn, New York. Through photography, installation and video, his work examines the fraught intersections of man and nature, particularly revealing the pervasive impact of consumer culture on the natural world. He received an MA in Teaching from Tufts University in 1999 and an MFA in poetry from the New School for Social Research in 2001. 

Durán has received numerous awards including a 2019 Creative Capital Award and Art With Me Tulum's Social Impact Award 2018. He was nominated for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Prix Pictet and the 2016 Prix Thun for Art and Ethics. He has exhibited his work at the Galería Octavio Paz at the Mexican consulate in New York and was Hunter College’s Artist-in-Residence for 2014-2015. Internationally, his work has been featured at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in Germany and the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival in Japan. 

Credit: Jenna Hosier

Credit: Jenna Hosier

Publications include features in Land Art (Palette Editions, 2013), Art & Ecology Now (Thames & Hudson, 2014), Unexpected Art (Chronicle Books, 2015), Photo Viz (Gestalten, 2016) and Space (teNeues, 2017). Notable press includes National Geographic, Time, ABC News, The Huffington Post, El Diario/La Prensa, The New York Daily News and Wired.

Durán has taught youth and adult classes in photography and video since 2002 and has worked as a museum educator at The Museum of Modern Art and The International Center of Photography. He is also the founder of video production company Luma Projects, whose clients have include MoMA, Microsoft, UNICEF, and the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.



• MACLA, California, Temperature Check: Body of Evidence    2017
• Granary Art Center, Main Gallery, Utah, Washed Up    2017
• RMIT University, RMIT Gallery, Australia, Ocean Imaginaries    2017
• Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia, Washed Up    2016
• Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Germany, Wonders of the World    2016
• Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, Japan, Washed Up    2016
• Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, Washed Up    2016
• Hazan Projects, New York City, Mise-en-scène    2016
• Art Public, Ville de Montréal, Washed Up    2015-2016
• The Fence, Boston, Brooklyn, Houston, Atlanta, Washed Up    2015
• The Curve: A Global View of New Photography, CCA, Santa Fe    2015
• Verve Gallery, Cause & Effect, Santa Fe    2015
• Museo de la Basura, Xo Ki’in Retreat Center, Mexico, Washed Up    2015
• Habana Outpost, Brooklyn, NY, Washed Up    2015
• Hunter College’s East Harlem Gallery, Washed Up    2014-2015
• Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Fluid: Essential for Life    2014
• Galería Octavio Paz, MCINY, Washed Up    2012
• Calumet Gallery, New York City, En Foco New Works #15    2012
• Cepa Gallery, Buffalo, NY, En Foco New Works #15    2012
• Nominated for Prix Pictet Prize: Space, 2016
• Nominated for Prix Thun for Art & Ethics, 2016
• Critical Mass, Top 50, 2015
• Center Project Launch, Juror’s Choice Award, 2015
• Hunter College, Artist-In-Residence, 2014-15
• Nominated for Prix Pictet Prize: Disorder, 2015
• Fundación Bancomer, Fondo de Apoyo a las Artes, 2014
• Nominated for Prix Pictet Prize: Consumption, 2014
• En Foco New Works #15 Award, 2011
• In The Fray’s Best Images of the Year, 2003
• Academy of American Poets Prize judged by Gerald Stern, 1997
• Space, teNeues, Germany, 2017
• Photo Viz, Gestalten, Berlin, Germany, 2016
• Unexpected Art, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, USA, 2015
• Art & Ecology Now, Thames & Hudson, London, England, 2014
• Land Art, Palette Editions, Paris, France, 2013
• Articles published in National Geographic, Time, Huffington Post, ABC News, El Diario,
Nueva Luz, Die Zeit, Clarín, Wired, Colossal and Gizmodo

• Sante Fe Photo Workshops, Sante Fe, NM, Educator    2015 - 2016
• International Center of Photography, NYC, Museum Educator    2007 - Present
• The Museum of Modern Art, Video & Photography Educator    2005 - 2012

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