June Canedo de Souza is an artist whose practice considers the particularities of migration, and its effects on the human psyche. As migration is often a result of displacement and disenfranchisement, her research attends to the two.
In 2014, she released her first photography project titled Brazilian Girls, an archive of the women of Brazil. June Canedo de Souza has since exhibited at The New Orleans Museum of Art, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Fotografiska, MoMA PS1 Artbook, and more. In 2020, she self-published her first book titled mara kuya, a photography book that explores aspects of migration and family separation that are often overlooked, namely the mental health of children from mixed-status families. mara kuya was shortlisted for the 2020 Aperture Foundation Photobook Award.
Canedo de Souza has contributed to The New York Times, Vogue, TIME, iD Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Dazed Magazine, and Art News among others. Selected by It's Nice That as a 2018 “One's to Watch,” June's work has been profiled by Cultured Magazine, Capricious, Wall Street Journal, W Magazine, and LensCulture. She has worked with brands such as Telfar, Nike, Google, and Netflix.
June was raised in Minas Gerais for the first nine years of her life and in South Carolina for most of her adolescence by a working class family of undocumented domestic workers and construction workers. She was educated in the public schools of South Carolina and completed a BA at the College of Charleston.
She currently lives in New York, where she is developing a practice in textiles, developing a film about the American dreams of Brazilians, and pursuing an MFA at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (Bard College). June is a member of Women Photograph and a founding member of CHROMA, a creative studio that centers the work of women of color.