Julia Pontes

“Since 2014, I have used photography, filmmaking, performance, self-portraits, and installations to help shed light on ecological and human rights violations committed by large-scale mining companies, searching for ways to communicate the challenges that an extractivist-based society faces. ”

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Júlia Pontés is a Brazilian-Argentinian photographer, Visual Artist, and Mining Researcher whose work and research focus mainly on mining explorations and extractivist practices.

As a native of the Iron Quadrangle in Minas Gerais, Brazil, a region renowned for its vast mineral deposits, Júlia Pontés has a deeply personal connection to the mining industry. Since 2014, she has been using performance, video, photography, and other media, such as installation and sculpture, to shed light on the ecological and human rights violations perpetrated by large-scale mining companies. Her work is not just a professional endeavor but a personal mission, driven by a desire to communicate the challenges faced by an extractivist-based society. This commitment to her cause is reflected in her deep community engagement and the strong bonds she forges with the people she works with. 

She is a member of a group of Brazilian researchers studying the impact of mining on her home country. Her work is frequently displayed in collaboration with social movements, universities, and independent exhibition spaces to raise awareness of the impacts of extractive industries.

Júlia specialized in Law and Economics at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina. She has a certificate in photography from the International Center of Photography (I.C.P.) in New York. She is a photography professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey and Columbia University, where she received her M.F.A. in Visual Arts.

Her mining visual survey has been recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Geographic Society, Harvard University's Planetary Health Alliance, Visura, The Current, Blue Earth Alliance, the Center Santa Fe, Santa Fe Art Institute, and McColl Center. It has been exhibited and published in several international museums, galleries, academic publications, and media outlets in the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Argentina, France, Germany, Portugal, Uruguay, and Guatemala. Júlia specialized in Law and Economics at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Argentina;

In 2022, she was awarded the prestigious Anonymous was a Woman Environmental Grant and the Visura Grant for Visual Journalists. Her work was also selected by Dr. Alison Nordstrom as the best portfolio in Fotofest 2022. The following year, Pontés received the CENTER/Blue Earth Alliance fiscal sponsorship and was part of the Climate Change residency cohort at the Santa Fe Art Institute. Looking ahead, she is set to join the esteemed McColl Center's residency cohort in the Summer of 2024.

Generously supported by Windgate Foundation.

Artist Information

Residency Dates Jun 4 — Aug 13 2024

Currently Based Brazil, Brazil

Mediums Photography

Artist’s Website www.juliapontes.com

Partners Windgate Foundation