Laura Huertas Millán

2012 | 00:19:00 | France / Colombia | Spanish | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Environment, Indigenous, Latino/Chicano, Post-colonialism

"Interested in the hidden corners of exoticism and a reinterpretation of history as an aesthetic challenge, Colombian resident in France, Laura Huertas Millán (Bogotá, 1983), presents in Aequador—in her own words—'a parallel present modified by virtual reality, an oneiric allegory, an uchronic dystopia.' With foundations on science fiction—uchronia as a source for an alternative history can actually be seen as a subgenre—, Aequador establishes parallelisms—in a complex and deliberately fragmented way—between the (virtual) relics and ruins of an ideal 3-D architecture embedded somewhere in the middle of the Colombian Amazonas and the everyday life of people inhabiting that area. This equatorial semi-paradise, this dystopia evoking the excesses of a progressive and modernist dream, takes us back to a time ('a history without a chronology') when foreigners established settlements in Latin America (a 'non-place') based on conquering ideologies and impulses.

Laura Huertas Millán continues delving into themes already present in her earlier work: nature as a place where the otherness arises, the issue of what is foreign and strange, and the hybridization of myths from diverse origins. Mixing different documentary registers with science fiction and fantasy while appropriating stock footage, Huertas Millán manages her craft from an in- between position to visual arts and cinema."

–Maximiliano Cruz, Ficunam catalogue, 2013

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Prizes + Awards

Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento - Norberto Griffa Prize Special Jury Mention, 2014

Exhibitions + Festivals

Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK, 2021

Telfair Museum, Savannah, USA, 2021

La Loge, Brussels, Belgium, 2021

AricaDoc Festival, Chile, 2021

Beca Cinemateca de Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia, 2021

Tabakalera, San Sebastián, Spain, 2020

Museo MAR, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2015

Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (solo screening), 2015

Espacio de Arte contemporáneo, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2015

Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF), Paris, France, 2015

Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2014

Lugar a Dudas (solo screening), Cali, Colombia, 2014

La Villa Arson (duo show), Nice, France, 2013

Curtas Vila do Conde, experimental competition, Portugal, 2013

Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, 2013

FICUNAM, Mexico D.F, Mexico, 2013

LABORAL, Gijon, Espagne, 2013

L’Alternativa, Spain, 2013

Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 2013

Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France, 2012

Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2012