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).

Huertas Millán´s films 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.




2017 PhD, ENS rue d’Ulm, Beaux-Arts de Paris, France (SACRe program).
2014 Visiting fellow, Sensory ethnography lab, Harvard University, US.
2012 Master, cinema & contemporary art, Le Fresnoy (Jury honours), Tourcoing, France.
2009 MFA (jury honours), Beaux-Arts de Paris, France.

Prices, grants & residencies
Emerging Artist Grant, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, US.
Grand Prix, Biennale de la Jeune Création, Montrouge, FR.
Hauts-de-Seine Prize, Salon de Montrouge, Montrouge, FR.
Best short film, Fronteira Film Festival, Goiânia, BR.
Best Film, National Competition, MIDBO, Bogotá, CO.
Honorable mention, Grand Prix international competition,Doclisboa, PO.
Honorable mention, Grand Prix French competition, FIDMarseille, FR. 
Production grant, Film Study Center, Harvard University, US. 
Post-production grant, cinéma 93-CNC, FR.
Nominee, Rolex Mentor and Protégé initiative (Cinema), US.
Art production Residency, Fundación Arquetopia, Puebla & Oaxaca, MX.
Research Grant, PSL, Paris Sciences et Lettres University, FR.
Development Grant, Fondo cinematográfico Colombia, CO.
Production Grant, Film Study Center, Harvard University, US. 
Nominee, Rolex Mentor and Protégé initiative (Arts), US. 
Honourable mention, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Buenos Aires, AR.
Research Grant, PSL, Paris Sciences et Lettres University, FR.
Production Grant, Film Study Center, Harvard University, US. 
Production Grant, Mairie de Paris, FR.
Arquetopia Resartis Prize, Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, BR.
Production Grant, Fondo cinematográfico Colombia, CO.
Video Prize, ENSBA Foundation, Paris, FR.
Production Grant, Mairie de Paris, FR.
Collin-Lefranc Fellowship, ENSBA, Paris, FR. 

the spring song. le chant du printemps. Maison des Arts de Malakoff, FR.
Ficción etnográfica. Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, CO.
Disappearing operations. Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, ENSBA, Paris, FR.
Apocalípticos e integrados. Metales pesados, Santiago de Chile, CL.

T/R/OPIQUE. Musée château d’Annecy, Annecy, FR.
Aequador, Ici, Là-bas et Lisboa (duo). Villa Arson, Nice, FR.
Lógicas del fragmento. Alianza Francesa, Bogota, CO.
Solo exhibitions

Conversations at the Edge, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US.
Films by Laura Huertas Millán, TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, CA.
Flaherty Seminar, featured artistNew York, US.
Sol Negro. Saison Vidéo, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, FR. 
Colonial Crimes Scenes (duo screening). UnionDocs, New York, US.
Cannibale, Le musée anthropophage. Musée de la Nature et de la Chasse, Paris, FR.
Lugares : Laura Huertas Millán. Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, AR.
Laura Huertas Millán, expanded cinema cycle. Lugar a Dudas, Cali, CO.
Focus Laura Huertas Millán. Saison vidéo, ESAAT, Roubaix, FR.
Retrospectives & filmmaker in focus

Group exhibitions
These hands, Western Front, Vancouver, CA.
Nuevos Nombres, Banco de la República, Bogota, CO.
A Decolonial Atlas, Tufts University Art Gallery, Boston, US.
Medellin, une histoire colombienne. Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, FR.
Working from the future past, Seoul Art Museum (SEMA), Séoul, KR. 
A Decolonial Atlas. Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, US.
Salon de Montrouge. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, FR.
A quoi rêvent les forêts ? Galerie des Filles du Calvaire, Paris, FR.
Biennale de la Jeune Création. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, FR. 

Entre Caníbales. Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, CO.
Meeting points. La Loge, Bruxelles, BE.
A Decolonial Atlas. Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto Vallarta, MX.
A Decolonial Atlas. Off Biennale Cairo, Cairo, EG.
Post-Exotism. Newhaven Fort, diep~haven Festival, Newhaven, UK.
Sin querer saberlo. El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogota, CO.
Le Fresnoy, Mémoires de l’Imagination (BnF). Paris, FR.
Biennale de l’image en mouvement. Buenos Aires, AR.
Videobrasil winning works on Tour. Sesc Sao Carlos, Sao Paulo, BR.
Videobrasil winning works on Tour. Sesc Campinas, Sao Paulo, BR.
Videobrasil. Sesc Sao Paulo, BR. 
Universo vídeo I. Laboral, Gijón, ES.
Universo vídeo II. Laboral, Gijón, ES.

Le Printemps de Septembre. ISDAT, Toulouse, FR.
Panorama 14, ÉLASTICITÉS. Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, FR.
Place! Galerie municipale Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers, FR.
Panorama 13. Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, FR.
Anthropofolies. Galerie Montgrand, Marseille, FR.
Mouvement des atomes, mobilité des formes. Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, FR.

Prospectif cinéma. Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR.
A la lisière du quotidien, Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR.
The Flaherty Seminar. Washington Gallery of Art, US.
100% Docs. Forum des Images, Paris, FR.
Debatable Screenings. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, US.
Friends of experimental film society. Filmbase, Dublin, IE.

Futures Ruins. Cultures of Landscape. Pleasure Dome, Toronto, CA.
Corpus. Corpos. Corpses. Université NYU, New York, US.
Sin querer saberlo. El Parqueadero, Banco de la República, Bogota, CO.
VER. Espacio de Arte contemporáneo, Montevideo, UY.
VER. Museo MAR, Mar del Plata, AR.
Unspeakable practices, unnatural acts. Ruangrupa Jakarta, ID.
Unspeakable practices, unnatural acts. Espacio oculto, Madrid, ES.
Tropical Uncanny. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US.
Der Geitelte Himmel. AwZ, Vienna, AT.
Group screenings

Cinema festivals
Cinéma du réel, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR. 

Toronto International Film Festival (Wavelengths), CA.
Doclisboa, Lisboa, PO.
Antofadocs, Compétition New Visions, Antofagasta, CL.
Festival de Nuevo cine de La Habana, La Havane, CU.
Muestra Internacional de Documental de Bogota (Best film, national competition), CO.
Fronteira Film Festival (Best short film prize) Goiânia, BR.
Neighboring scenes: New Latin American cinema. Lincoln Center, New York, US.
FICUNAM, Mexico D.F, MX.
Cartagena Film Festival, CO.
Festival EDOC, Quito, EC.
She makes noise, Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES.
Bogota Film Festival (short films competition), CO.
FIDMarseille, French competition (Honourable mention, Grand Prix), FR.
DocLisboa, international competition (Honourable mention, Grand Prix), PO.
Winterthur Short Film Festival, CH.
Torino Film Festival, documentary competition, Torino, IT.
Festival de Gijón, FICXLAB, Gijón, ES.
L'Alternativa, Barcelona´s Independent cinema festival, ES.
Curtas Vila do Conde, experimental competition, Vila do Conde, PO.
Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin,DE.
Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, FI.
FICUNAM, Mexico D.F, MX.
Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, CA.
Bandits-mages, compétition Panorama, Bourges, FR.
FIDMarseille, Marseille, FR.
Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR.
25 FPS, compétition internationales, Zagreb, HR.
Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, sélection documentaire, Paris, FR.
Saison Vidéo # 31, programme Can you hear me? Roubaix,  FR.
FIDMarseille, Marseille, FR.

Teaching & lectures
Invited artist, Visual Anthropology Seminar, Collège de France, paris, FR.
Invited artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US.

Teacher, cinema workshop, La Fabrique du Regard, LE BAL, Paris, FR.
Teacher, Arché documentary development workshop, Doclisboa, PO.
Featured artist, the Flaherty Seminar, Colgate University, New York, US.
Invited artist, Public program A hard White Body, Bétonsalon, Paris, FR.
Lecture, The theory of leaves, EMMA, Ancona, IT.
Teacher, cinema workshop, Lugar a Dudas, Cali, CO.
Invited artist, Ecole nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy, FR.
Lecture, Unsettled Landscapes seminar, Pitzer College, Claremont, US.

Teacher, cinema workshop, Bachillerato 5 de Mayo, Puebla, MX.
Lecture, “Addict d´Avital Ronell”, Laboratoires d´Aubervilliers, FR.
Lecture, Unitec, Bogotá, CO.
Lecture, Marta Traba seminar, Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, CO.
Lecture, “L’oeil automate”, Galerie la Box, Bourges, FR.
Invited artist, Michel Weemans seminar, ENSA Bourges,FR.
Teacher, cinema workshop, Université Catholique de Lille, FR.
Invited artist, Céline Flécheux seminar, Paris 7, FR.
Video teacher assistant, Beaux-Arts de Paris, FR.

As an author:
The Liar, Permanent collection, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US.
The Obsidian King, signed Pfaff Brothers, Spike art quarterly, Vienna, AT.
Celestial Bodies, on Patricio Guzmán, Terremoto magazine,
Radio DUUU: Addict d´Avital Ronell,
Les mythologies absentes, Les cahiers du post-diplôme, EESI, FR.
De l'Amérique, ENCOURS, Les Presses du Réel, Paris, FR.
Charlie et Sabrina, qui l’eût cru, éditions du Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR.
Catalogues, articles, press:
Film Comment, Festivals: Doclisboa 2016, by Leo Goldsmith.
Brooklyn Magazine, Is Trauma lived in solitude?, by Ela Bittencourt.
Kinoscope, Entretien avec Laura Huertas Millan, by Ela Bittencourt.
Sight & Sound magazine, 5 five ghostly finds from FIDMarseille, by Michael Pattison.
Il Manifesto, Il cinema nel lato segreto della realtà, by Cristina Piccino.
Chronicart, L´impermanence des choses, by Julien Bécourt.
2014 Guggenheim Museum and Cinema Tropical Team up to Present 'Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies Film Series’ by Melissa Castellanos.
Cuadernos del cine Colombiano #52, Cine Colombiano del exilio: Tres miradas al país desde afuera, by Amanda Rueda.
Le Monde, 16/06/2013: Dans les festivals et les salles de cinéma, l’émergence du cinéma colombien, by Clarisse Fabre.
Catalogue Ficunam 2013: Aequador de Laura Huertas Millán, by Maximiliano Cruz.
Slicker #6, Art Brussels 2013: Portraits d’artistes: Laura Huertas Millán, by Pascale Pronnier.
Catalogue, Tampere Film Festival 2013.
Catalogue Saison vidéo #33: Focus Laura Huertas Millán., abril del 2013, Universo vídeo, Reflexionando a través de la imagen, by Semíramis González.
Revista Arcadia, 14/12/12: Exiles volontaires: Laura Huertas Millán et Ana Judith Haugwitz, by Daniel Salamanca Nuñez.
Catalogue FID Marseille: Voyage en la Terre Autrement Dite by Gilles Grand.
Panorama 14, Elasticités, Les Presses du Réel: Aequador, by Anne Marquez.
Catalogue Alliance Française, Bogota: Lógicas del Fragmento, by Julien Petit.
Catalogue Saison Vidéo 2011, l’Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France.
Interview with Nicolas Feodoroff, journal FIDMarseille, Sans laisser de trace, Laura Huertas Millán.
Catalogue, Beaux-Arts de Paris les éditions : Mouvement des atomes, mobilité des formes par Marc Desgrandchamps.

Ethnographic fiction series:
Le Labyrinthe (in progress), 23 mins, 2018
jeny303, 6 mins, 2018
La Libertad, 29 mins, 2017
Sol Negro (Black Sun), 43 mins, 2016

Exoticism series:
Aequador, 19 mins, 2012
Journey to a land otherwise known, 23 mins, 2011
Sans laisser de trace, 3 mins, 2009
Early films:
China Daily, 3 mins, 2008
À la dérive, 3 mins, 2008
Tierra de Mañana ( avec Simon Leibovitz), 8 mins, 2007
Aquí en dos / Ici en Deux, 35 mins, 2007
La Historia, 8 mins, 2005