Photography is my most intimate language. I use the body as a symbolic territory where I stage my inner world of ideas and emotions, and through this process I reconstruct my inner being. I explore themes of identity, genre, memory and time and they transcend the limits of my personal realms.
Barroso is a Cuban-Canadian photographer who specializes in documentary and fine art photography. Niurka graduated from Havana University with a degree in Classical Languages and worked twelve years for the France Press Agency (AFP). Since 2005, she has worked as a freelance photographer in Toronto, Canada and worldwide; presenting seventeen solo exhibitions in Austria, France, Canada, Cuba, Spain and The United States from 1998 to 2018, and participating in several group exhibitions in Canada, Cuba, France, Israel, Mexico, Spain and the United States from 1995 to 2019. She was awarded the Casa de las Americas Award for Contemporary Photography, and is a member of Photographers without Borders. Niurka created “Women by Women / The Faces of Eve”project for her artist-in-residence program in Vero Beach, Florida.
2015- Nicaragua Project. Photographers without Borders. Moonbean Gallery. Toronto 2012- Manufactured Emotions. Ta Project Gallery. Miami. FL 2012- Three Women Artists. Intrepid Art Gallery. Vero Beach. FL 2011- Fences. Los Muros. Studio 203. Toronto. Canada 2007- Beyond Boundaries. FourbyFive Gallery. Calgary. Canada. 2005- Dangers of the Soul. Kunsthalle-Attersee. Salzburg. Austria 2004- Genesis. The United Nations. Geneva. Switzerland 2002- Through Each Other’s Eyes. Phoenix, Arizona. USA and Fototeca of Cuba 2000- Essays. Casa de las Americas. Havana. Cuba 2000- Living on the Summit. Monachil and Sierra Nevada. Granada. Spain 2000- Urban Tribes. Alliance Française of Cuba. Havana. Cuba 2000- Project without Borders. Traveling exhibit. (International Press Center / Conference Centre / Villena Gallery). Havana. Cuba 1998- Genesis. Monachil City Hall, Granada. Spain 1998- My Own War. International Press Center. Havana. Cuba 1998- Circles of Shadows and Light. Carmelo Gonzalez Gallery. Havana. Cuba
2019-2018- Women by Women / The Faces of Eve. Raw Space. Florida, USA 2018- Pre-Basel Collective Exhibition 2018. Canvas Miami Gallery. Florida, USA 2018- Alternating Current. Raw Space. Florida, USA 2017- Moving Signs. Raw Space. Vero Beach. FL. U.S. 2017- 21st Annual Boston International Fine Art Show (BIFAS). Boston. U.S. 2017- Collective Art Show. Raw Space. Vero Beach. FL. U.S. 2016- Mio, Tuyo, Nuestro (Mine, Yours, Ours). 21 Art Space (Norway Embassy). Havana. Cuba 2015- Between stories and metaphors. Luz y Oficio Gallery. Havana. Cuba 2015- Art Expo. New York. New York City. U. S 2015- Contemporary Art Projects. West Palm Beach Art Festival. FL 2015- Teach a Man to Fish Nicaragua. Black Cat Gallery. Toronto 2014- Miami Photo Salon. Miami. FL 2014- The View. Cuban American Phototheque Foundation. Miami. FL 2013- International Biennale Artist Exhibition. Miami Iron Side. FL 2013- Photographic Year. Casa de las Americas Collection. Havana. Cuba 2013- Islands. Cuban American Phototheque Foundation. Miami. FL 2012- New Visions. Cultural Center. Inter-American Bank of Development. Washington DC. 2012- Permanent Collection Exhibition. Inter-American Development Bank Art Collection. Gateway Gallery. Dulles International Airport. Washington DC. 2010- Exodus. Biennial of Latin-American Art. New York. U. S 2009- Being Elsewhere. Seven Artists from the Latin American and Caribbean Diaspora in Canada. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center. Washington DC. U.S. 2009- Homo Nudi. Fototeca of Cuba. Havana. Cuba 2008- Half a Chance. Contact Festival. Metro Hall. Toronto. Canada 2007- La Mirada Insular. Gran Angular Gallery. Fotoseptiembre. Mexico DF. 2007- Habitat. Hispano-American Center of Culture. Havana. Cuba 2007- On the Verge of Desire. Fototeca of Entre Rios. Argentina 2005- In Black and White. Cuban Contemporary Photography. San Lucas Gallery. Madrid. Spain 2003- Cuba on the Verge. International Center of Photography. New York. U.S. 2003- Cuban Photography. Miami Dade University. FL 2000- Cuban Photography. Israel’s Photography Museum. Tel Aviv. Israel 1995- Cardenas. 8th Photographic Festival. Dieppe. France
2015- Selected Artist. Lens Culture Portrait Award 2009- Selected Artist. Being Elsewhere. Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center. Washington DC. U.S. 2002- Featured on Cuba postage stamp during the III International Meeting of War Correspondents. 1998- Latin-American Award Casa de las Americas for Contemporary Photography. 1997- Photographer Nominated. Best Picture of the Month. Agence France Presse (AFP).
2015- The Allure of a Gaze. Body Photography in Cuba (1840-2013). Rafael Acosta de Arriba, Polymita Editions. S.A. 2014- Isla Interior (Inner Island). Lidia Hernandez. Havana. Cuba 2005-Reflexiones Intimas. Edition Anteros. Vienna. Austria 2005- After Fidel. Brian Latell. Palgrave Macmillan. U.S. 2005 2003- Cuba on the Verge. Bulfinch Press. U.S.