Justina Leston is a photographer and graphic designer from Argentina based in Berlin since 2017. Studied photography in Buenos Aires in the Andy Goldstein School of Photography and took part in different workshops under the mentorship of argentinian photographers such as Lorena Fernandez, Eduardo Gil and Alberto Goldenstein. Between 2012 and 2015 she studied engraving and printmaking at the National University of the Arts in Buenos Aires and continues learning lithography in Berlin at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

In 2016 Justina is selected to participate in the Summer School of Photography ISSP, Latvia, in the Editing Workshop led by Paolo Woods. In the same year she is finalist of the 5th AAMEC Award for Contemporary Photography Argentina and in the Felifa FUTURA 2016 Prize. In 2017, she has her first solo show in the Alliance Française of Buenos Aires and was finalist in the “Francisco Ayerza Prize” and showed her work in a group exhibition at the Centro Cultural Borges. The same year, Justina is shortlisted at the CdF of Montevideo with her Dummy book “Who spies on us?”

Between 2018 and 2019 took part of the ISSP Masterclass under the mentorship of Peter Bialobrzeski (Latvia and Sicily). In November 2019 participated in Mark Power’s Workshop held by Void and ASX, in Athens, Greece.

Justina showed her work in Berlin as part of the art collective “Krit-Kölln” (Weserhalle, 2018 / Top e.v., 2022), took part of different shows curated by Marcela Viilanueva (Frieda, 2020 / Argentinian Embassy in Berlin, 2022) and in 2021 showed her work together with Delfina Carmona and Lucia Szych with “Dreieck” in the Hilbert Raum, project space.

Exhibitions / Prizes

2022 – “Krit-Kölln / Zeitraum für Zweifel” / Top e.v / Berlin, Germany
2022 – “Con nombre propio” / Embajada de la Republica Argentina / Berlin
2021 – “Dreieck” / Hilbert Raum / Berlin, Germany 2020 – “Berlin gegen das Patriarchat" / FRIEDA / Berlin, Germany
2019 – ISSP International Masterclass
2018/2019 / Kūldiga Art House / Kūldiga, Latvia
2018 – Speculation, Group exhbition with Krit–Kölln collective / WESERHALLE / Berlin, Germany 2017 – Finalist at Prize “FRANCISCO AYERZA” / Centro Cultural Borges / Buenos Aires, Argentina 2017 – Solo Exhibition “Who spies on us? Notes of a persecution" / Alianza Francesa / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017 – “Who spies on us? Notes of a persecution" - Promiscua IV / Alimentación General / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2017 – Shortlisted at the CdF with her Dummy book “Who spies on us?" / Montevideo, Uruguay 2016 – “Who spies on us? Notes of a persecution" - Finalist of Felifa FUTURA Prize / Fola / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016 – Finalist of the 5th AAMEC Award for Contemporary Photography Argentina / Museum Emilio Caraffa / Córdoba, Argentina
2014 – Prize “Arte Jóven Fundación Williams” / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 – Tribute to Robert Frank at “Galeria Arte x Arte”. National Competition, Nano Festival / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Seminars / Workshops

2021 /2022 – Taller de prácticas artísticas with Lorena Fernández / Online
2021 – SESAM 2021 Poliklinika / Slavutych, Ukraine
2019/2020 – Ceramics / Club Mud, Berlin, Germany
2019 – Steindruck Lithografie / billdunswerk bbk / Berlin, Germany
2019 – ASX + VOID Laboratory with Mark Power / Athens, Greece
2018 – Curatorial-Clinic Photographic project with Krit-Kölln / Berlin, Germany
2018/2019 – Masterclass with Peter Bialobrzeski, ISSP / Kūldiga, Latvia
2016 – Curatorial-Clinic Photographic project with Lorena Fernández / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2016 – ISSP International Summer School of Photography / Photo Editing Workshop with Paolo Woods / Kūldiga, Latvia
2015 – Workshop Photographers in crisis with Alberto Goldenstein / Universidad Di Tella / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 – Drawing studying with Martin Palottini / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012-2014 – Engraving and Print Art / National University of Arts / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2014 – Seminar of Contemporary Photography History with Eduardo Gil / Buenos Aires, Argentina 2013 – Scholarship for Seminar in Advanced Photography dictated by Daniel Tubio at FADU, UBA / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 – Workshop of not toxic engraving with Yuli Andrea Cadavid / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 – Seminar pinhole photography with Daniel Tubío / Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012/2013 – Workshop of Photoplay with Silvina Paulón, Carlos Scannapieco and Nestor Goyanes / Buenos Aires, Argentina

Educational Institutions attended

2007/2011 – Graphic Design, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
2005/2007 – Professional Photography, School of Creative Photography, Andy Goldstein, Buenos Aires