Laura Huertas Millan is a French-Colombian artist and filmmaker.
After a number of video art works focused on the transmission of political events through voice and scattered narratives (la historia, 2009; Aquí en Dos/Ici en Deux, 2007 ; China Daily, 2008 ; A la dérive, 2008), Huertas Millán gradually turned towards cinema.
Between 2009 and 2012, she developed a series around exoticism, examining numerous travel accounts in America made by scientists, conquistadors, travellers and missionaries. Journey to a land otherwise known (2011) and Aequador (2012), the main pieces of this series, were shot between European botanical gardens and the Colombian Amazon. Taking the form of "jungle-movies" pastiches, combining fantasy, science-fiction and mockumentary, these films used fiction to unearth long-established colonial representations, and to cast out their power in the political present.
In 2012, she started a series on "ethnographic fictions", developing the complexities of the possible double lecture of this premise. On the one hand, by considering ethnography as an ensemble of narratives rooted in colonialism, it might be possible to read it as a form of fiction-making. On the other hand, some of the most interesting contemporary practices of ethnography have embraced a de-colonial turn, sometimes by integrating the fictional language tools within their own elaboration. By exploring this in-betweenness Huertas Millán created Sol Negro(2016), La Libertad (2017) and The Labyrinth (in progress).
Laura Huertas Millán´s films have screened in art centers such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires; Western Front, Vancouver; Les Laboratoires d´Aubervilliers, Aubervilliers; Instituto de Visión (Bogotá) and Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris) galleries, among others. Recent solo exhibitions include Maison des Arts de Malakoff (France) and Museo de Arte de Medellín (Colombia).
Her films have earned recognitions in cinema festivals such as FIDMarseille, Doclisboa, Fronteira Film Festival, Bogota´s documentary film festival (MIDBO), Videobrasil and Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires. They were part of the official selections of the Toronto International Film Festival (Wavelengths), Cinéma du Réel, Torino, Cartagena, FICUNAM, La Habana and Curtas Vila do Conde, among others. Recent focus on her work have been held at TIFF Lightbox (Toronto), the Flaherty Seminar and the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago (Conversations at the Edge).
Her works are part of the collection of the Kadist Foundation and French public collections (Seine-Saint-Denis and Hauts-de-Seine). In 2017, she was awarded the Grand Prix of the Jeune Création biennale and the Hauts-de-Seine Prize at Salon de Montrouge (France). In 2018, she is one of the recipients of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation grants and commissions program and will participate in FRONT Triennial.
Huertas Millán holds a practise-based PhD (programme SACRe) developed between Beaux-Arts de Paris and the Sensory Ethnography Lab (Harvard University) on "ethnographic fictions".