Santiago Tavera y Laura Acosta
Laura Acosta is an interdisciplinary artist born in Colombia and based in Montreal. Through her artistic practice she observes the power of the body to create, alter or disrupt spaces. By merging fibres techniques with performance mediums, she creates surrealist scenes in which fantasy and reality collide. Laura creates audio-visual compositions that oscillate between improvisation and structure. These often emerge from the interactions between bodies, textile objects and the space that surrounds them. Laura has attained an advanced diploma in Fine Arts from Fanshawe College, as well as an interdisciplinary Bachelor in Fine arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Fibres and Material studies from Concordia University in Montreal. She is currently the Head of Costumes at the Theatre Department of Concordia University. Santiago Tavera is an interdisciplinary Canadian and Colombian artist. He explores virtual narratives of dislocation and perception through the construction of interactive and immersive experiences. His practice intends to place bodies in spaces of translation between the physical and virtual, to simulate the state of a displaced body in a constant process of being and becoming. His work has recently been exhibited at Agence TOPO (Montréal), the Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay during Montreal’s International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), The Innovation Centre during the Ottawa International Animation Festival (Ottawa), Art Mûr (Montréal), Galeria de Arte e Pesquisa – UFES (Brazil), Solange Guez + Arte Contemporaneo (Argentina), Laboratório de Arte Alameda, (Mexico), as well as a screening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) among others. Tavera holds an MFA (Intermedia) from Concordia University and a BA (Honors) Specialization in Visual Arts and Major in Psychology from Western University.