New York - Lleida
Filmmaker and Video Artist
Laia Cabrera is a visionary filmmaker and video artist from Catalonia, Lleida and based in New York and critically recognized director and multimedia creator, working in the fields of projection mapping design, video art, documentary and immersive art installations, with many projects straddling or blending elements of both fields. Ms. Cabrera is recognized for innovative interdisciplinary work which merges cinematic and digital arts, dance, music, theater and visual arts with pieces performed at leading venues, inaugurating arts festivals and installed in museums.
Recipient of many awards including the 2016 Silver Telly Award for Best Direction (Highest Distinction), AVA and Telly awards for best Animation, Documentary and Art Direction; NYIT awards 2015 winner for Best Art Production, Motion Award 2021 Nominee in the category "Interactive/Experiential - Installation", #Hybrid Vision Panasonic Digital Art Competition 2022 Nominee for Interactive Digital Art, and three-times NYIT nominee for Outstanding Innovative visual design in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and winner of the Kodak & Color Lab award for Best Cinematic film for “Under Influence” presented in festivals worldwide. She is also the recipient of the several grants both in Europe and the USA including the KrTU Creators Prize awarded by the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, the CONCA Grant from the National Council of the Arts and Culture in Catalonia, the New York State Council on the Arts, and DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities among others.
She is currently the artistic director of the film & Multimedia company LAIA CABRERA & CO co-founded with French animator Isabelle Duverger, a team of film, animators and visual artists producing a wide range of multimedia projects and recently won the Silver Telly Award for Best Direction for “I AM” a short documentary featured in Vogue. She also curated and directed award winning multi-media international art shows and more. Former member of the Board of Directors of Topia Arts Center, Adams, MA and an advisory board member at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and director of their annual film documentary. She graduated from the Conservatoire of Barcelona, Spain, and earned an MFA in Audiovisual Communication and a BFA in Media Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Master in Film Production at The New School University, NY.
She just finished "Within Reach" an interactive art installation about transformation, reconnecting with the origin, nature and our relationship to it (Art Wall Coolvines Powerhouse, 2020) cosigned with Isabelle Duverger. Their previous interactive installations include "Illusion", a video and sound immersive interactive art installation at Flutter Experience Art Gallery (Los Angeles, 2019-2020); “The Now” at the Coolture Impact, Port Authority Bus Terminal (Times Square, New York, 2018-2020), the largest interactive public art of its kind, using virtual reality and gesture-responsive video-art-illustration-animation, exploring transitory spaces and unseen parallel realities as you walk, move and point to the different storylines and “Self on the Shelf”, presented in Times Square at the Armory Arts Week-SPRING/BREAK Art Show New York 2018 and rated one of the best shows of the venue. It is an immersive interactive video mapping and sound Installation exploring the conflicts of otherness and the nature of belonging, by bringing a child’s bedroom to life while the space reacts to the visitors’ actions.
Her film-art work installation credits include “St. Jordi in New York: Dragons & Books & Roses” a large-scale projection mapping installation in which architecture, drawn illustrations, animations and movement come together in a visual celebration of literature and the legend of Sant Jordi in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York; "Is There an Edge of Belief?" (International multidisciplinary art festival Jaen en Femenino, Spain and Bienal International ULA 2010, Merida, VENEZUELA, etc), ”Singularity" (inaugurated the International video animation festival "Animac", Lleida, Spain) and "Shifting Gaze", a Film-Art-Music Installation, premiered at "Spain Art Fest'10" in Times Square, NY, (October 2010), was presented as a video installation at the "Region Ø Latino Video Art Festival of New York" (March 2011) toured in 2012 with screenings worldwide, and was selected for the festival Georgetown Glow as a large scale outdoor installation on the C&O Canal, Washington DC, in 2015.
Her work includes traditional and experimental filmmaking, multimedia shows and interactive video-mapped site-specific installations, such as "Aire", a site-specific Multimedia Installation Performance Concert presented at the Tempietto Di Bramante (Rome, Italy, 2014) and on the Facade of the Bank of America Neo-Classic Building, Art All Night, (Washington DC, 2015), and in 2016 as a large scale 5000 sq/ft 3D projection mapping and live concert performed by an ensemble orchestra at the Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley New York, sponsored by Art Mid Hudson, NYSCA; “La Noche/The Night” Video mapped Installation designed for the Amster Yard, an interior garden at the Instituto Cervantes New York, commissioned by The Instituto Cervantes NYC 2016; “Taksu” Alexandra Mor Tagua Seed collection and Bali journey documentary directed by Laia Cabrera premiered in Vogue, NYC 2017; "Close-up", Short Documentary about Art and Power, commission by KJCC at NYU, New York 2018; “Kavli Human Project” Short Documentary, Directed by Laia Cabrera, with the support of The Kavli Foundation, the Kavli HUMAN Project (2015 KHP); "Untitled Mind" a Film for installation and indoor and outdoor cinematic exhibition, directed and presented as a multilayered mapping projection design at the Wonder Bread Factory Nuit Blanche DC (Washington DC, 2013); Multimedia Show "Ronensbourgh" virtual theater and projection design at IATI Theater (NYC, 2015); "Night" by American playwright Charles Mee, multimedia show and projection design at the Theater for the New City (NYC, 2015); “City In Motion” video mapped installation commissioned by Reebok, White Box Gallery, SoHo, (NYC, 2014); "Cosmicomics" by author Italo Calvino, immersive projection design installation at Dixon Place (NYC, 2014) and "Garden of Delights" by Fernando Arrabal, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company Theater of The New City, (NYC 2012); "Pikolinos" Site Specific Video Mapping Installation, Meatpacking District (NYC, 2013 - listed as the 10 best designed stores in the world); "Landscapes of the Soul" multimedia visual concert, La Mama (NYC 2012); "Resonant Streams" Audience-interactive multimedia installation performance in St John The Divine Cathedral (NYC, part of "The Value of Water' exhibition, 2011), "Mapping Moebus" multimedia theater play, La Mama (NYC, 2010); "Monegros-Nueva York" video installation held at La Lonja (Zaragoza, Spain, 2011); "Walk Pasa Bouge" Video-Performance-Concert in collaboration with LORROJO Cia presented in New York and Brussels (2009-2011); "Playing Equality" (Dance-theater-Video), Boricua College of New York, (November 2009), Festival Internacional 'ReACT' Valencia, (Spain. May 2010); "New York" video-installation at the Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain, 2009) and "Claim your Place" (Barcelona/New York/Toulouse 2010), a large-scale video-installation-performance presented in the USA and Europe with the support of CAER and CAET and CONCA.
She is also an award winning visual effects artist, director, editor, writer, playwright and composer, she also edited "Cachao: Uno Mas" with Andy Garcia (PBS's American Master, 2010) among many others. Her work in film, video, and visual production has been presented in Europe, the USA and Latin America and commissioned by the New Radio and Performing Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain, Spain Arts and Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Arts International, among some other major institutions.
Laia Cabrera work has been awarded and featured internationally in landmarks like the Tempietto di Bramante in Rome, the historic Georgetown Canal in Washington, D.C., St. John the Divine Cathedral, Times Square, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), TimeCenter at the New York Times and the White Box Art Gallery in New York.