About the artist
Laia Cabrera is a filmmaker and video artist born in Spain and based in New York since 1997. She merges cinematic arts, dance, music, theater and visual arts. Recipient of many awards including AVA and Telly awards, three-timesNYIT nominee for Outstanding Innovative visual design in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 2015 NYIT award winner for “Night” Outstanding Performance Art Production with the New Stage Theatre Company, KrTU Young Creators Grant, the 2010 Grant from the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CONCA), and Kodak & Color Lab award for Best Cinematic film for “Under Influence” presented in festivals worldwide.
“My work includes traditional and experimental filmmaking, and the use of film and video streams in live performance and site-specific installation. Identity has been a long research in my previous work. As a filmmaker and visual artist I use a variety of media—music, video, projected imagery merging cinematic arts; dance, music; photography; theater; visual arts; voice; writing. Sense of timelessness, human landscape: faces, fragments of the body. I am the recipient of several awards and my artwork in film, video, and performance has been presented in Europe, the USA and Latin America.”
She is currently the creative director of the film & Multimedia company LAIA CABRERA & CO co-founded with French animator Isabelle Duverger, a team of film, animators and visual artists producing a wide range of multimedia projects and recently winner of the 2016 Silver Telly Award for Best Direction for “I AM” a short documentary featured in Vogue. She also curated and directed award winning multi-media international art shows and more. She is currently member of the Board of Directors of Topia Arts Center, Adams, MA and an advisory board member at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and director of their annual film documentary. She graduated from the Conservatoire of Barcelona, Spain, has a MFA in Audiovisual Communication and a BFA in Media Studies and Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and in Film Production at the New School University in New York.
Her film-art work credits includes “St. Jordi in New York: Dragons & Books & Roses” an projection mapping installation in which architecture, drawn illustrations, animations and movement come together in a visual celebration of literature and the legend of Sant Jordi in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York; “Is There an Edge of Belief?” (International multidisciplinary art festival Jaen en Femenino, Spain and Bienal Internacional ULA 2010, Merida, VENEZUELA, etc,), ”Singularity” (inaugurated the International video animation festival “Animac”, Lleida, Spain).
Her work includes traditional and experimental filmmaking, multimedia theater and video-mapped site-specific installations, such as Multimedia Theater Play”Ronensbourgh” by Beatriz Cabur at IATI Theater (NYC, 2015), “Night” by Charles Mee at the Theater for the New City (NYC, 2015), “Cosmicomics” by Italo Calvino at Dixon Place (NYC, 2014) and “Garden of Delights” by Fernando Arrabal, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company Theater of The New City, (NYC 2012), “Pikolinos” Site Specific Video Installation Mapping, Meatpacking District (NYC, 2013 – listed as the 10 best designed stores in the world), “Landscapes of the Soul” multimedia visual concert, La Mama (NYC 2012) , “Resonant Streams” Audience-interactive multimedia installation performance in St John The Divine Cathedral (NYC, part of “The Value of Water’ exhibition, 2011), “Mapping Moebus” multimedia theater play, La Mama (NYC, 2010), “Monegros-Nueva York” video installation held at La Lonja (Zaragoza, Spain, 2011), “Walk Pasa Bouge” Video-Performance-Concert in collaboration with LORROJO Cia presented in New York and Brussels (2009-2011); “Playing Equality” (Dance-theater-Video), Boricua College of New York, (November 2009), Festival Internacional ‘ReACT’ Valencia, (Spain. May 2010); “New York” video-installation at the Institut d’Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain, 2009) and “Claim your Place” (Barcelona/New York/Toulouse 2010), a large-scale video-installation-performance presented in the USA and Europe with the support of CAER and CAET and CONCA.
Her latest art pieces with projection mapping include “Shifting Gaze”, presented in Spain Art Fest’10, Times Square, NY,(2010, Times Square Alliance), Region Ø International Video Art Festival, with a 360º immersive video mapped installation
performance (2011), and Georgetown Glow Festival, Washington DC, on the wall of the historic C&O Canal as a large site-specific video mapped installation (2015), “Untitled Mind”, indoor/outdoor multichannel videodance installation, presented in Art All Night DC (2013); “Aire”, large scale visual concert performed live with an ensemble orchestra, presented in Rome on the historic Tempietto di Bramante (2014), in Nuit Blanche Washington DC on the Neoclassical building of Bank of America (2015, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities), and Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory (2016, NY State Council for the Arts), “Dragons & Books & Roses”, mapping the facade of Deutsches Haus at NYU, for St. Jordi Festival, in New York (2017).
She is also an award winning visual effects artist, director, editor, writer, playwright and composer, she also edited “Cachao:Uno Mas” with Andy Garcia (PBS’s American Master, 2010) among many others. Her work in film, video, and visual production has been presented in Europe, the USA and Latin America and commissioned by the New Radio and Performing Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Spain Culture New York – Consulate General of Spain, Spain Arts and Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Arts International, among some other major institutions. Her last works were presented in Times Square, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), St John The Divine cathedral, Nuit Blanche DC, Tempietto Di Bramante in Rome, Italy and TimeCenter at the New York Times.