Artist and filmmaker based in Mexico City.
At first glance, her work carries aesthetic and pleasure claims, right up to a tenuous range of sensations. However, its presentation is performative - soaked with temporality; and its purpose, conceptual. The work revolves around a quest to locate and isolate concepts built around tangible elements, to then create abstractions that regenerate their image and position their force within a new context. Virtual spaces rise and with them propositions for change.
Laborde just finalized her first feature: The Backbone of Loss; as well as, attended Atelier 105 - Post production residency with her experimental documentary of Havana, Fiñe. In the same year: her solo show, El duelo de una espina dorsal, curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy, Director and Chief Curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture took place at Luis Barragán’s J17 as a PEANA Off-site exhibition.
In 2021: her first film retrospective with DocumentaMadrid, a year long residency at The Museo Rufino Tamayo CDMX with her project -ito/-ita, a production residency at LIFT CA and a three year, hybrid residency with Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen - Conditional Cinema for the production of her film Ficciones, recently presented at the New York Film Festival and BFI among others.
Collaboration Notas y notas y notas… with Jenny Berger Myhre was commissioned and presented at Borealis Festival for Experimental Music in 2019. While her film En la era was screened at Bright Futures of IFFR, and Azúcar y saliva y vapor at FICUNAM and FidMarseille.
Her thesis, AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN, is part of the catalogue: Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Experimental Cinema in Latin America and was widely screened: Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam (Competition Tigger Shorts), New Directos/New Films at MoMa, FSLC and 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, among others and awarded GRAND PRIX at 25fps Zagreb and JURY AWARD at 24th CUFF.
Manuela de Laborde holds an Intermedia Art BA-hons from Edinburgh College of Art and an MFA in Film and Video from The California Institute of the Arts.
FICCIONES - Fictions
2018-2021 / 16mm & 8mm / color-b&w / sound and silent / single screen / 21' 45 / 85 €
EN LA ERA - In the era
2016-2019 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound and silent / single screen / 18' 50 / 75 €
AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN
2014-2016 / 16mm / color / sound / single screen / 24' 38 / 94 €