Oriana Koren documents how culture, memory, and identity are transmitted through the act of creating, consuming, and growing food.
Koren seeks to affirm the integral contributions made by black womxn, immigrants, and queer folk to American food ways in both her writing and photography. Koren's penchant to disarm using gentle wit and deep empathy equips them with a nimbleness that resonates in the studio, on location, and on assignment across the globe.
Oriana is a founding member of the Authority Collective and the lead architect behind the Lit List, a new award committed to recognizing and awarding the outstanding work of under the radar, marginalized photographers. Koren is currently working on a long term documentary project, 'if god can cook, u kno i can', a visual documentation of African agricultural and culinary contribution to American food ways dissected by region in homage of Nzotake Shange's hybrid cookbook. Koren is currently a 2018-2019 Carr Center Independent Scholar, working alongside Carrie Mae Weems.
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Select Clients & PublicationsNational Geographic Traveler, Esquire UK, the California Sunday Magazine, the New York Times, Lonely PlanetSunset Magazine, Tillamook, Samsung, Airbnb, Bon Appetit, 72andSunny, Lucky Peach (RIP), the Washington PostTen Speed Press, Airbnbmag, Los Angeles Magazine, Food + Wine
Selected Press + InterviewsArtsy, PDN 1 2 3, FeatureShoot, Smart Mouth Podcast, Humble Arts FoundationAwards + GrantsLucie Foundation Scholarship Shortlist 2018, Getty Images Creative Bursary 2018, Carr Center Independent Scholar 2018-2019
Not sure what to assign me? Here are some story ideas I'd like to work on!New Orleans celebrates it's 300th birthday, thirteen years after Katrina; Sake making in the Pacific Northwest; Black chefs exploring culinary cannabis; Non-binary creatives of color; Understanding the suicidal brain in women of color; food travel in the West Indies, particularly Martinique, Haiti, Jamaica and St. Croix; Black expats, particularly in Japan, Korea, and France, in the wake of 45; Tiffany Haddish & Oprah gardening; Naomi Osaka in Japan (we're both half Haitian!); Haitian migrants in Baja California; Cooking at home with Kelis; Queering food with Angela Dimayuga. Krista Scruggs and her natty wine farm in Vermont. Literally any food stories about African diasporic foods across the globe.