An artist film made in 16 mm in the Lofoten Islands, in the Norwegian Arctic Circle, consisting of audiovisual field-recordings in the form of a portrait of the Utskor region intermingled with political memoirs of the Spanish Transition and a fragment of text by de Frederick Engels The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State.
Laida Lertxundi (Bilbao, 1981) is an artist and teacher who lives between Los Angeles and the Basque Country. Combining conceptual rigor with sensual pleasure, Lertxundi's works are seductive, self-reflective explorations of places that combine ideas of conceptual art and structural cinema with a radical feminist perspective of working from the body. Her work is produced through a process she refers to as "Landscape Plus", which combines observational photography with music, actions and random events. Lertxundi establishes parallels between the earth and the body as centres of pleasure and experience. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Bard College in New York where she received the Maya Deren Film Award upon graduation and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. She has taught at CalArts, the Art Center and the University of California San Diego and is currently Professor and Coordinator of Film Studies at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and teaches at the Master LAV in Madrid.
Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, New York in 2012, the Hammer Museum in 2016, LIAF Biennial in 2013, the Lyon Biennale 2013, and in museums and galleries such as the MoMa in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Katonah Museum of Art (New York), Galeria Cinematica Solar (Portugal) and the Havana Biennial among others. He has had solo exhibitions at Matadero Madrid, LUX (London), Tramway (Glasgow), FuturDome (Milan), fluent (Santander), Tabakalera (San Sebastian) , DA2 (Salamanca), Azkuna (Bilbao), Vdrome (London) and Marta Cervera. His films have been screened at festivals such as Locarno, London Film Festival, BFI, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, Gijón and Edinburgh. His monographic book Landscape Plus (Mousse Publishing and fluent) was published in 2019. He has received grants and awards from Kazuko Trust Award, Lincoln Center (New York), Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York). Jury Award at Ann Arbor Film Festival and Basque Film Grand Prize at ZineBi 2007. He has been artist in residence at Headlands Center for the Arts, Werner Center for the Arts and University of Auckland, New Zealand. Articles about his work have been published in ArtForum, Film Comment, Frieze, Art Agenda, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Sight and Sound, Cinema Scope, The Nation, El País, La Vanguardia, and Editorial Concreta among others. His work is distributed by LUX in London and is part of the collection of the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
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