Manuela De Laborde (1989, Mexico City) is an artist and filmmaker from 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.
Her short films Viveros, The exponential Nature of Images and Le Visible et L’Invisible where shown at Antimatter FF, Jihlava IDFF and Milwaukee UFF; and her thesis film, AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (part of Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America) was screened at Toronto International Film Festival, CA. In October 2019, Manuela attended as an artist in residency at LIFT (Liason of Independent Filmmakers in Toronto, CA). Currently, she is one of the resident filmmakers for the 66 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen – Conditional Cinema (2018-2020) for which she is finishing her film, “Ficciones”; She is also an artist in residence at the Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, MX, with her project “-ito/-ita”. De Laborde will be part of an upcoming group presentation in 2021 at Museo MARCO in Monterrey, MX.