Artist and filmmaker based in Mexico City. At first glance, Manuela de Laborde (México b.1989) carries aesthetic and pleasure claims; however, it is performative in its presentation and conceptual in its purpose. The work revolves around a quest to locate and isolate concepts that are built around tangible elements, and then create abstractions that regenerate the image and positions it in new formations, creating new virtual spaces. Her practice is a meditation on physical presence, inspired by the simplicity of expression, the economics of a proposal and the place of exhibition.
Her films “Viveros”, “The Exponential Nature of Images” and “Le Visible et L’invisible” where shown at Jihlava IDFF, Milwaukee UFF and Antimatter FF. “AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN” was screened at over twenty film festivals among them; Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMa + FSLC, and at the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_ Videobrasil. “Notas y notas y notas…”, made in collaboration with Jenny Berger Myhre, was commissioned and presented at Borealis Festival for Experimental Music. “En la era” was screened at Bright Futures of IFFR, while “Azúcar y saliva y vapor” at FICUNAM and FidMarseille.
Laborde has been artist in residence at Museo Tamayo, MX and LIFT (Liason of Independent Filmmakers in Toronto, CA). She is currently the resident filmmaker of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen – Conditional Cinema Program (2018-2022) for which she is finishing her film, “Ficciones”. Manuela de Laborde holds an Intermedia Art BA hons from Edinburgh College of Art and a Master’s degree in Film and Video from The California Institute of the Arts.