EMAIL: ulara.org@gmail.com | BRUSSELS BE   
EMAIL: ischa@artoffice.be | ISCHA TALLIEU, AGENT | BRUSSELS BE


 

Biography

Laura Colmenares Guerra is a Colombian artist based in Brussels. Her main work axes are installation, sculpture & digital narratives in the field of 3D (animation, Virtual Reality and 3D printing).

She has a transversal research-based practice. Her work explores the impairment between contemporary Western societies and the living ecosystems, the environment and the living beings. This questioning drives her to conceive settings that relate to the politics of landscape and the notions of territory. She explores the constructions of the concepts of nature, natural and language as a foundation medium for reality.

In the field of interactive installation, Laura employs technology to immerse viewers in an engaging and participatory experience. Through these pieces, viewers are encouraged to use their bodies to interact with the artwork, creating a deep and sensory understanding of the themes explored, such as breathing in "Lungs [the Breather]" or interacting with water taps in "Lagunas." Her choice of interactive devices is designed to foster a profound comprehension of our individual and societal responsibilities toward the environment.

In addition to her interactive installations, Laura's career includes a journey as a video performer, which began in the early Techno scene of Bogota and evolved into experimental live audiovisual performances alongside musicians on stage. In parallel, she creates standalone audiovisual pieces by collaborating with musicians, composers, and music labels.

Since 2018, Laura Colmenares Guerra has been dedicated to conceiving a body of work that addresses the geopolitical and neoliberal extractivist practices affecting the Amazon basin. Her work continues to serve as a critical and creative exploration of the pressing issues at the intersection of environment, society, and language.

Her work has been presented at The Festival Scopitone-Stereolux in Nantes (FR), The Centre Wallonie- Bruxelles (Paris, FR), The Alexander Kasser Theatre, Peak Performances (NJ, USA), at Kings Place (London, UK), The Glasgow school of arts (Glasgow, UK), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal, Canada, during the International Biennale of New Media Art, at festival Elektra-Mutek, EM15 (Montreal, CA), at the Cube - Centre for Digital Creation (Paris, F), the International Computer Music Conference (Huddersfield, UK), iMal, Center for digital cultures and technology, Sint-Lukasgalerie and at the Museum of Bozar (Brussels, BE), in between others.
 

Laura is member of Saloon Network Brussels

Grants

  • 2024
    2024, Research Grant | Vlaamse Overheid
  • 2023
    2023, SELVA | Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF)
    2023, Research Grant | SELVA | FWB | Arts Numériques
  • 2021
    Production Grant | Rivers | Vlaamse Overheid
  • 2020
    Production Grant | Rivers | FWB | Arts Numériques
  • 2019
    Development Grant: Nations | Vlaamse Overheid
  • 2018
    Conception Grant: Nations | FWB | Arts Numériques
  • 2017
    Development Grant | Vlaamse Overheid
    Diffusion Grant | Lagunas | FWB | Arts Numériques
  • 2016
    Promotion Grant | Lagunas | FWB | Arts Numériques
    Production Grant | Lagunas | FWB l Arts Numériques
  • 2015
    Production Grant | Lagunas | Vlaamse Overheid
  • 2014
    Conception Grant | Lagunas | FWB | Arts Numériques
    Diffusion Grant | Lungs [the breather] | FWB
  • 2013
    Production Grant | eVanescens Vlaamse Overheid
    Promotion Grant | eVanescens | FWB | Arts Numériques
  • 2009
    Conception Grant | Unstable Territories | FWB
    Promotion Grant | Lungs [the breather] | FWB
  • 2008
    Production Grant | Lungs [the breather] | Vlaamse Overheid

Studies

  • 2014 - 2015
    3D | VFX | Compositing
    CGItrainer Belgique | Jean Yves Arboit
  • 2009 - 2010
    Interactive Media
    Academie Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2006 - 2008
    TRANSMEDIA | Postgraduate Program in Arts + Media + Design
    Hogeschool Sint-Lukas | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 1997 - 2002
    Master en Arts | Electronic Media & Arts of Time
    Universidad de los Andes | Bogotá (Colombia)

Work

  • 2023
    ECDYSIS | Elektra Gallery | Montreal (Canada)
    Ríos Trilogy | Capture #2 - Le Pavillon | Kikk Festival | Namur (Belgium)
    ECDYSIS | Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño (Fuga) | Bogotá (Colombia)
    Nucleus |La Bianyal 2023 | Mas Sobeies (Spain)
    Nucleus | 4n20 | Kortrijk (Belgium)
    R€¥€R$€ | Echoes From the Future - Tina Sauerlaender | MacKenzie Art Gallery (Canada) | Online Digital Exhibition
    Ríos Trilogy | Solo Exhibition | KultXL | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2022
    Lagunas | Screening | IMT Gallery - Sluice Projects | London (UK)
    Lagunas - Screening | Festival Internacional de la Imagen | Bogotá (CO)
    Ríos (Caquetá) | Festival Internacional de la Imagen | Bogotá (Colombia)
    Festival Panoramic 2022 | Granollers + Barcelona (Spain)
    R€¥€R$€ | Residency | Fondation Martell | Residencies in digital creation | Cognac (France)
    Ríos Trilogy | Residency | LabVerde | Manaus, Amazon State of Brazil (Brazil)
    Land/scape N.4 & Land/scape N.5 | Nadine – N0dine | Brussels (Belgium)
    Ríos Chapter I | Online Application | Cinemateca de Bogotá / Datos y relatos | Bogotá (Colombia)
    Land/scape N.1 | F.A.S.T- OHME | ULB |Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2021
    Ríos (Caquetá & Juruá) | Sculptures | CODE IS LAW - Centre Wallonie Bruxelles | Paris (France)
    Ríos (Caquetá & Juruá) | Sculptures | EXTRACTIONS - A two Dogs Company | Brussels (Belgium)
    Simposio | Diálogos: Experiencias Cinemáticas Contemporáneas | Festival Internacional de la Imágen | Edición en línea
    Ríos + Land/scape N.4| Sculptures | Studio Zink | Brussels (Belgium)
    Lagunas | Screening | El Parqueadero - Banco de la republica - Grey Cube Projects | Bogotá (Colombia)
    Ríos Trilogy| Residency| iMal | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2020
    Lagunas | Screening | FIFF | Namur (Belguim)
    The Other Side of the River | Screening | Sonic Bite / Cryptic | Vimeo (On-line)
  • 2019
    Lagunas | Interactive installation | Festival Nova XX |Paris (France)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | Ars Musica | Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Screening – Flagey - Deweekvandeklank - Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Screening | Sound Art Gallery | Moscow (Russia)
    Ríos Trilogy| Residency | iMal | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2018
    Variations of Disarray | Screening | Madatac | Media LAB Prado | Madrid (Spain)
    Landscape N.1 & Landscape N.2 | Installation/Sculpture | Ateliers Mommen | Brussels (Belgium)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | Synthposium 5: Art + A/V Programme | Moscow (Russia)
    Residence | Cristina Iglesias | Fundación Botín | Santander (Spain)
    Variations of Disarray | Screening | Ateliers Mommen | Brussels (Belgium)
    Lagunas | Interactive installation | BAM Festival | Liege (Belgium)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project V.6 | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | Clinic - Tokio (JP)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project V.6 | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | Le GIV- Montreal (CA)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project V.5 | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | Digital Arts Festival | Singularity Now | Athens (GR)
    Landscape series | Residency | Fundacion Centro Botin | Santander (Spain)
  • 2017
    Lagunas | Interactive installation | Festival Voltaje | Bogotá (Colombia)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre du Son | Gdańsk (Poland)
    Beyond the Divide | Screening | Sound-Image 2107 | Greenwich (UK)
    Lagunas | Interactive installation | iMal | Brussels (Belgium)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | The Local | New York (USA)
    Variations of Disarray | Screening | Garages Numériques-02 – 
Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Screening | Франкотека - ул. Николоямская | 
Moscow (Russia)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | 
Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series (Taiwan)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | 
Videoformes Festival | Clermont-Ferrand (France)
  • 2016
    See You Later | Audiovisual concert | PEAK Performances | Alexander Kasser Theater | Montclair, New Jersey (USA)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | Botanique | La Semaine du Son | Brussels (Belgium)
    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project | Screening | (Initiative of Kika Nicolela) | Top Schillerpalais | Berlin (Germany)
    See You Later | Residency | PEAK Performances | Alexander Kasser Theater | Montclair, New Jersey (USA)
  • 2015
    Variations of Disarray | Monumental projection/Screening | CityLight | Transnumériques | Mons (Belgium)
    GIFT | Audiovisual concert l Chapelle de Boondael | Brussels (Belgium)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | Musicacoustica | Beijing (China)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | YU GONG YI SHAN | Beijing (China)
    Cryptic | Oliver Coates | Audiovisual concert | Kings Place | London (UK)
    Cryptic | Oliver Coates | Audiovisual concert | The Glasgow School of Arts | Glasgow (UK)
  • 2014
    UNRAVEL | Screening | Festival Video Movimiento | Universidad Javeriana | Bogota (Colombia)
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | La Balsamine | Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Audiovisual concert | World Music Days | Wroclaw (Poland)
    Beyond the Divide | Audiovisual concert | Audio Art Festival | Wroclaw (Poland)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | Festival Elektra/Mutek | Montreal (Canada)
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive Installation | International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN) | Montreal (Canada)
    eVanescens | Audiovisual concert | NIME 2014 | London (England)
    Beyond the Divide/Oracular/Unravel | Screening | Deweekvandeklank | Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Audiovisual concert | Flagey | Deweekvandeklank | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2013
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | BOZAR | Brussels (Belgium)
    eVanescens | Audio-visual concert | International Contemporary Music Festival ARS Musica 2013 | Brigittines | Brussels (Belgium)
    Persona | Theater | LaborGras | Berlin (Germany)
  • 2012
    eVanescens | Audio-visual concert | LE CUBE | Centre for Digital Creation | Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
    Oracular | Video | Gallery VanderA | Brussels (Belgium)
    Beyond the Divide | Audio-visual concert | Space Senghor | Brussels (Belgium)
    Vanescens | Audio-visual concert | Musiques Nouvelles | Mons (Belgium)
  • 2011
    (IN)Pulses | Audio-visual concert | Gare Numérique de Jeumont | France
    Beyond the Divide | Audio-visual concert | ICMC, University of Huddersfield | UK
  • 2010
    Beyond the Divide | Audio-visual installation | Vlaamse Scriptieprijs | Royal Academy of Science & Arts | Brussels (Belgium)
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | CitySonics | Mons (Belgium)
    De Vogel en het net | Audio-visual installation | Erasmus Museum | Brussels (Belgium)
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | Sint-Lukasgalerie | Brussels (Belgium)
    Unstable Territories | Interactive installation | iMal | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2009
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | Beirut (Lebanon)
    Percept | Performance | Centre des Arts Enghien-Les-Bains, Bains Numériques #4 | Enghien-Les-Bains (France)
  • 2008
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | PING! Festival | Mallorca (Spain)
    Lungs [the breather] | Interactive installation | NADINE | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2007
    Golden Delicious | Video | Urban Trajectories | Brussels | Rotterdam | Mexico
  • 2006
    BogotaLab | Video installation/performance | Plan06 | Köln (Germany)
  • 2003
    Self-Portrait | Interactive installation | Contradance | Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2002
    Ajna’s Journeys | Interactive Video Installation | Los Andes University | Bogotá (Colombia)
    Ajna’s Journeys | Interactive Video Installation | Alliance Français | Bogotá (Colombia)