Manuela de Laborde Mexico, b. 1989

Manuela De Laborde is an artist and filmmaker based in Mexico City. She studied Art at Edinburgh College of Art and received her Master’s degree in Film and Video from the California  Institute of the Arts. Her work revolves around a quest to locate and isolate concepts that are built around tangible elements. By discovering these elements, Laborde regenerates an image and positions it in new formations, creating new virtual spaces. At first glance, her work carries aesthetic and pleasure claims; however, it is performative in its presentation and conceptual in its purpose.


Manuela de Laborde’s recent projects include El duelo de una espina dorsal, a solo exhibition curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy, PEANA Off-site, in Mexico City, MX; in 2021 she had her first film retrospective with the DocumentaMadrid festival, previously she was an artist-in-residence for the Tamayo Museum with her educational project -ito/-ita, resident at LIFT (Link of Independent Filmmakers in Toronto, CA) and resident director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen – Conditional Cinema Program (2018-2022) for whom she created her film, Ficciones, recently presented at the New York Film Festival (NYFF) and the BFI London Film Festival. Previously her film, AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN, was selected in more than 20 festivals including; MoMa + FSLC, the 20th Sesc_ Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival. And she presented, with Jenny Berger Myhre, the piece “Notes and notes and notes…” at Casa de Lago, CDMX and Borealis Festival for Experimental Music.