Laura Huertas Millan is a French-Colombian artist and filmmaker, whose work stands at the intersection between cinema, contemporary art, and research. Her films combine experimental ethnography, ecology, fiction and historical enquiries to depict strategies of survival and resistance. Sensuous and immersive, her moving image works propose embodied and emotional experiences where aesthetics and politics are indissociable.
Huertas Millan’s films have been screened in cinema festivals such as the Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival and Cinéma du Réel, and have been awarded at the Locarno Film Festival, FIDMarseille, Doclisboa, MIDBO and Videobrasil, among others. Various retrospectives of her work have been organised internationally, in cinematheques (TIFF Lightbox, Harvard Film Archive, Cinemateca de Bogotá), museums (Les Abattoirs – FRAC Occitanie, CA2M, Tabakalera), film festivals (Mar del Plata, RIDM, Aricadoc, FICUNAM) and non-fiction seminars (The Flaherty Film Seminar, Doc’s Kingdom).
In the contemporary art field, her latest solo exhibitions were held at the MASP Sao Paulo, Maison des Arts de Malakoff and Medellin’s Modern Art Museum. Her films have also been screened in art institutions (Centre Pompidou Paris, Jeu de Paume, Guggenheim Museum NY, Times Art Berlin) and exhibited in biennials (Liverpool, FRONT Triennial, Videobrasil, Videonnale). They are part of private and public collections (Kadist, CNAP, Banco de la República de Colombia, CIFO, FRAC Lorraine, and others).
Huertas Millan holds a practise-based PhD on “Ethnographic Fictions” developed between PSL University (SACRe program) and the Sensory Ethnography Lab (Harvard University). She is the co-founder and member of the research initiative Counter Encounters, with Rachael Rakes and Onyeka Igwe. Their editorial and curatorial projects revolve around forms of alter and anti- ethnographies.