Laura Jiménez Galvis (Bogotá, Colombia), holds a BFA with a Minor in General History from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá) and an MFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in Photography from Hunter College (New York).
Carried by a sense of history, her work focuses on the notion of transience and its connection to the perpetually oscillating ideas of absence, permanence, enigma and transmutation. Taking form in scale models, props, artists books and works on fabric, she bases her practice in the use of photography –from analogue black and white to high and low-res digital processes– to discover and recover the past by photographing art and history collections, natural history museums, and –more recently– the remnant of a lost library. The resulting images are indistinctly printed, cut, creased and fold to convert them into new paper objects. Her work is informed by a multitude of sources, from the history of art and architecture, cinema, psychoanalysis, and is strongly influenced by the world of theatre and drama, by familiar connection.
Parallel to her artistic practice, she has been commissioned photographer and image specialist for gallery spaces, museum publications, and art books, documenting the objects and spaces of art, an exercise which has thoroughly informed her own creative practice. She has worked with Carolee Schneemann or Peter Beard, among others, and was commissioned photographer of the cover of the inaugural edition of The Magazine of The Artist’s Institute (New York), under the artistic direction of Pierre Huyghe and Jenny Jaskey, which obtained Most Beautiful Book of the Year by the Swiss Federal Design Awards.
She has participated in exhibitions in Colombia, the United States, Spain and France, in places like Instituto Cervantes New York, Centro Colombo-Americano (Bogotá), Artecámara of the International Art Fair of Bogotá, Centro Las Cigarreras del Ayuntamiento de Alicante (Spain), and was part of the two-person show Mise-en-scène: Beyond the Photographic on the occasion of the International Year France-Colombia. Her work has been featured in the pages of 39 NULL Magazin für Gesellschaft und Kultur (Berlin); CARMA Colombian Artistic Research Magazine; Punto de Fuga: Experimental Platform for Art and Photography, or Medium–Authority Magazine (online). In 2015 she was included in the promising emerging artists annual listing from Christie’s Education New York.
She currently lives in Bogotá where she works as a teaching artist at a university level in the areas of photography –analogue, digital and experimental– and history, with a dedicated emphasis on the history of artistic pedagogy and the fostering of creativity throughout time.