Laura Acosta is a Colombian-Canadian transdisciplinary artist interested in observing the power that a body has to claim, create, alter, or disrupt spaces. She creates absurdist audio-visual compositions that integrate unscripted movement, textile structures, and multimedia elements, as a way to explore themes of identity, representation and belonging. Laura’s compositions, which hinge between theatre and play, introduce strange bodies into familiar settings as a way to create spaces of otherness. A reoccurring theme in Laura's work is the act of appropriating public spaces as stages for unscripted scenes.
Through her artistic research, Laura investigates how different individuals identify and represent themselves byway of their movements. She creates textile pieces that influence the movements of the performers who wear them, prompting them to improvise. As the performers interact with(in) these textiles structures, an image is created for the viewers. The core of Laura's performances lie in the unscripted interactions between textile sculptures, performers, viewers, and the environment they are all in. Laura’s performances extend into practices of sculptural installation, public intervention, photography, video art, text, experimental sound, and workshops.
Laura's work has been presented in various locations throughout South and North America. She holds an interdisciplinary BFA with a special focus on textiles and sculpture from Fanshawe College and NSCAD University, as well as an MFA in Fibres and Material studies from Concordia University. Laura has taught fine art courses at the University of Concordia in Montreal, where she is currently the Head of Wardrobe of the Theatre Department.