Ximena Berecochea, co-founder and Program Director of ICE, Institute for Creative Exchange in Toronto, Canada. Ximena is a photo based artist who has combined her artistic line of work with an academic career. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto, her research focused on the role of visual arts and documentary images in contemporary Mexican literature. She also has a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), as well as a Master’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto. Ximena studied photography at the Escuela Activa de Fotografía in Mexico City, and abroad, in Spain and England with professors Humberto Rivas, Manolo Laguillo and George Krauze, among others. Her work has been published in Mexico, Canada, the United States, Spain, Italy, France and Austria in editorials such as Alfaguara (Jacobo el mutante, Mexico 2002), Plaza y Janes (Shiki Nagaoka: una nariz de ficción, Barcelona, 2001), and in various art books, magazines and catalogues such as Mujeres detrás de la lente. Cien años de creación fotográfica en México 1910-2010 (2011), 52 Mujeres en el arte mexicano (2005), the magazine Exit in Spain (2001), Private in Italy (2001), Fotofest Catalogue in the United States (1998) and Camera Austria International in Austria (1997). Ximena has held exhibitions in Mexico, Spain, the United States, Canada, Denmark, Japan, China and Indonesia. Her solo exhibitions have been presented at Index G in Canada (2011), the OMR Gallery in Mexico (2003), The Other Gallery, as part of the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, (2003 and 2001), Spectrum-Sotos Gallery in Spain (2001), Centro de la Imagen in Mexico (2000), among other venues. Her work has also been displayed in group exhibitions in various museums and galleries such as Gallery 50 in Toronto (2016), Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos in Mexico (2015), Centro Cultural Tijuana in Mexico (2011), Spadina Museum as part of Nuit Blanche in Canada (2009), Art Fair ARCO in Spain 2002, and in different venues in the United States, such as Fotofest Exhibition of Contemporary Mexican Photographers in Houston (1998), Queens Art Museum of New York (1998) and Blue Star Space in San Antonio (1998). Ximena received an honorable mention at the 9th International Biennale of Photography from the Centro de la Imagen (1999), Guadalajara Omnilife Grand Prize (1999), and Tierra y Libertad in Queretaro Contest (2002). In addition, she was awarded a scholarship from the National Fund of Culture and Art (FONCA) for the program Jóvenes Creadores for 1995-1996 and 1998-1999. She was selected as a participant for Artistic Residences, the Exchange Program Mexico-Canada, in order to undertake a photography project at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2001 and again in 2002-2003 to continue her exchange work with FONCA and the Banff Centre for the Arts, first in Merida (2002) and then in Banff, Alberta (2003). Ximena’s photography is part of the Walter Phillips Collection of the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), the Fototeca del INAH in Pachuca, Mexico’s national photographic archive, and of Del Carmen Museum Collection (Mexico). She lives in Toronto.