Maria Juliana Ortegon, aka Julie Örtegon is an artist working across a variety of platforms both IRL + digital. Using video, photography, assemblage, painting and collage she analyses and dissects angst caused by power relations, class imitation, social hierarchies, cultural capital, empathy, immigration and femininity.
She was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1986 and grew up in Illinois and Arizona, USA. During her undergraduate years, she was awarded scholarships to study abroad in France (2006-2007) and Italy (2009) for language, art and cultural studies. By 2009 she received her bachelors from Northern Arizona University. She is the 2014 recipient of the Therese Ralston McCabe Connor Fellowship and through this, will be receiving her MFA in Digital & Interdisciplinary Arts through The City College of New York - CUNY. She works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course of Critical Issues in Design, Technology and New Media at The City College, and currently lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.