Juanita Escobar’s thirst for land found an echo in Casanare (a state within Colombia). An old country warden in this region taught her to ride, and together with forty llaneros (Colombian cowboys), passed on to her the essence of their culture and work. The series tells the story of how the galloping horse kept her there for ten years. She dreamed of being a wandering poet like the mythical Florentine Cantaclaro, who rode his horse and threw verses into the savannah. She learned from the llaneros to see the horse’s breath blossom in the palm of her hand.
A self-taught photographer born in Colombia in 1985, Juanita Escobar’s photographic exploration of human behaviour and the environment focuses on two main themes: gender and territory. Her working method is rooted in ethnography. The book Llano (KWY ediciones) was published in 2017.