Esteban Kuriel (b.1988) is a photographer from Bogotá, Colombia. Their work responds to their research of the role of the body in the contemporary feminist and queer landscape and the importance of reimaging the body. Kuriel creates abstractions of the body using distorted reflections and gestures to reach beyond its conventional limitations and break down traditional identity categories. In their images, the body is usually in dialogue with objects that reference sexual practices, desires, or other identity signifiers. As a queer artist, Kuriel uses the body as a political instrument and artistic subject, reexamining the categories with which we traditionally judge it.
Kuriel moved to the United States in 2014, where they studied at the International Center of Photography before earning an MFA in Photography, Video, and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2020. Their work has appeared internationally in solo and group exhibitions in Colombia, the United States, and Italy. Kuriel's work was published in the book Inside, organized by PHmuseum in 2021, and was selected for the American Photography 37 book, created by American Illustration and American Photography during the same year.