Of Ecuadorian origin, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira was born in New York in 1983. After studying philosophy and theology, she joined the School of Visual Arts in New York, then the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. Her photographs explore the themes of identity and intimacy, and take their main source of inspiration from the Ecuadorian Andes,
the land to where the artist traces her origins. The works have been exhibited at the Dublin Art Festival and the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival, and were displayed at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts in 2011, as well as the Chicago Museum of Arts in 2015. She recently featured among the photographers presented at the exhibition ‘Staging the Self’ at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington.