Orejarena & Stein (b. Colombia, 1994 & UK, 1994) are a multimedia artist duo. Currently based in New York, they used to work in Hanoi from 2018 to 2020. Their work uses the intersection of technology, memory, and desire to explore American mythologies and narratives as they grapple with their relationship to the country that has become their adopted home.
Their work has been exhibited in a number of international exhibitions including the Palm* Photo Prize at Photo London, Labs New Artists at Red Hook Labs in New York, Photo Vogue Festival at Base Milano, Pole Gallery in Lago di Garda, Italy, Vincom Center for Contemporary Art in Hanoi, Blow-Up Arthouse Film Festival in Chicago, OLA Latin American Film Festival in the Hamptons, NY, Broken Screen Festival in Buenos Aires, and Under the Subway in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. In May 2021, their solo exhibition Full of Surprises takes place at Vin Gallery in Saigon.
Awards include the 2018 Gomma Grant, Critical Mass Top 50 in 2019 (with an upcoming 2021 exhibition at Carmel Center for Photographic Art curated by Elizabeth Avedon), a nomination for the 2019 Burn Emerging Photographer Fund, a nomination for the 2020 W. Eugene Smith Grant (jurors include Teju Cole), and a nomination for the 2021 Foam (Fotografie Museum Amsterdam) talent Long List. Their work has been published in i-D Vice, Dazed, Vogue Italia, LensCulture, It’s Nice That, and Paper Journal Magazine, among other places.
Orejarena & Stein have given artist talks for Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education, International Center of Photography (ICP), and Daisie App. Their critical writing has appeared in catalogues for the Frances Lehman Loeb Museum of Art, New York. Orejarena & Stein’s Long Time No See will be published by Jiazazhi Press in Fall 2021.
Caleb Stein is a U.S. based multimedia artist. He graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Art History. His work explores the fragility of memory and the dynamic, energetic interactions that take place within a community. His work has been exhibited in a number of international exhibitions in London, New York, Milano, Hanoi, and now HCMC.
Andrea Orejarena is a Colombian-born American video artist. She graduated from Vassar College with a degree in Cognitive Science & Art. Her work employs the subversive power of play and fantasy to examine the intersection of technology, memory and desire. Her video art has been exhibited in New York, Pennsylvania, Hanoi and now HCMC. Outside of her video work, her texts have appeared in catalogues for the Frances Lehman Loeb Museum of Art and she was shortlisted for the 2019 Burn Emerging Photographer Fund.