Laia Cabrera is a filmmaker, video artist and visual designer born in Spain and based in New York since 1997. As a interdisciplinary artist, she uses a variety of media—music, video, storytelling, projected imagery merging cinematic arts; dance, music; photography; theater; visual arts; voice; writing. She has played critical roles in both Spain and the USA as the co-founder of the multi-media group Vertiginosas Theater and Film Company. She also curated and directed award winning multi-media international art shows and more. She is currently the creative director of LAIA CABRERA & CO co-founded with French artist Isabelle Duverger, a team of film, music and visual artists producing a wide range of multimedia projects, 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 Lleida, Spain, has a MFA in Audiovisual Communication and a BFA in Media Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and in Film Production at the New School University in New York. Ms. Cabrera is the recipient of several awards including the KrTU to Young Creators by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, ConCa grant and the Kodak and Color Lab award for Best Cinematic Film for "Under Influence".
Her work as a filmmaker includes "Singularity" (inaugurated the International video animation festival Animac, Spain), "Is There an Edge of Belief?" (International multidisciplinary art festival Jaen en Femenino, Spain and Bienal Internacional ULA 2010, Merida, Venezuela) "Invisible" (2006 Milano Film Festival, Ocho y Medio, Quito, Ecuador, Mostra International 2005, Brasil) "Under Influence" (worldwide screenings), "Dropped", among others.
Her latest Film-Art-Music Installation "Shifting Gaze", made in collaboration with musician Erica Glyn and visual artist Isabelle Duverger, premiered "Spain Art Fest'10" in (Times Square, New York, October 2010) was presented at the "Region Ø Latino Video Art Festival of New York" (March 2011) and toured in 2012 with Screenings at Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cities in City: NY en BA, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Spain, Contemporary Art Gallery Canary Islands Government,
El Tragaluz Digital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, Festival Close Up, Cuale Cultural Center, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and
AMA (Art Museum of the Americas), Washington, DC.
Her productions includes theatrical multimedia shows and large-scale video installation performances: "Garden of Delights" by renown playwright Fernando Arrabal, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company presented at The Theater for the New City (New York 2012), "Landscape of the Soul" multimedia visual concert in collaboration with Nacho Arimany (La Mama, 2012), "Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call" Audience-interactive multimedia installation performance in collaboration with LiquidBody Company presented at St John The Divine, New York, NY, part of "The Value of Water' exhibition (2011). Her visual artwork credits also includes "Mapping Moebus", a multimedia theater play presented at La Mama theater (New York December 2010); "Monegros-Nueva York" video installation held at La Lonja (Zaragoza, Spain, November to January 2011); "Walk Pasa Bouge V1" 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); "Claim your Place", a large scale video-installation-performance presented in the USA and Europe, "For Feather" a two-video streams projected live in conjunction with live musicians performed at BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York, November 2008) and throughout the USA, "La Jaula Bajo El Trapo" multimedia theater play at "Festival Teatro Vivo" (King Juan Carlos Center, New York, 2008) "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" (Dance Video-Interactive) in collaboration with Dancer/Choreographer Caryn Heilman, commissioned by the New Radio and Performing Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (New York, 2009), "New York" video-installation at the Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain, 2009), "Life is a dream", multimedia theater play at the "Festival de Teatro Clásico" (Almagro, Spain, 2009). She is also an award winning visual effects artist, director, editor, writer, playwright and composer.
Her credits as a film editor includes the worldwide screened Docu-Concert "Cachao: Uno mas" with Andy Garcia and Isarel Lopez Cachao, aired on PBS's American Master, 2010; the documentary "The World of Vija Vetra" and the Feature Film "Shut Up and Do It", all with international distribution and she is currently in postproduction with the upcoming historical documentary "Reinventing Kate Carew". She has directed films and commercials for firms such as Samsung, Nielsen, Cotton Inc., Deloitte, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYeC, NYU, MBF Trend Consulting, Karastan, Juicy Couture, Gap, etc…
As a film and video artist she has collaborated with Arts International, New Stage Theatre Company, World Music of Nana, Liquid Body Media, Movement and Dance, Cinema Tropical among others. Her artwork in film, video, and performance 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, the Catalan Center, Arts International, etc. Her last works were presented in Times Square, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), St John The Divine cathedral and TimeCenter at the New York Times.
“Working on a visual level, Spanish multimedia artist and independent filmmaker, Laia Cabrera, creates live video streams, weaving her own images and animations into the performance” BAM, 2008.
Local Spotlight NYC, Gordon Sharp, March 9, 2009
“I’m familiar with Ms. Cabrera’s work with Caryn Heilmann’s LiquidBody company with whom she has been associated since 2004, and have been impressed with the seemingly instinctual feel of Ms. Cabrera’s work. One recognizes her individual artistic voice even as it seamlessly enriches the choreographic whole. Ms. Cabrera is a deft multimedia artist whose talents would be of great use to American choreographers in general…”
New York Times, Jennifer Dunning, Dance Critic, October 15, 2005
"Animac, luces y sombras. Noche de magia en el Teatre Principal para inagurar la decima edicion de Animac. Magia del video-art de la leridana Laia Cabrera."
El Segre, Cultura, Marzo 3, 2006
“La programación sigue su curso con las nmerosas propuetas incluidas en esta nuev entrega que concede sorpresas como la que aer se presentó de la escritora-cineasta afincada en Nueva York, Laia Cabrera, que presentó su video-performance-instalacion aportando ese caracter de espectaculo.”
La Mañana, Andres Rodriguez, Marzo 3, 2006
“Laia Cabrera es una joven y prometedora directora de cine, compositora, escritora y video artista leridana afincada en Nueva York desde hace nueve años. Entre otras aventuras artísticas, actualmente dirige un programa de entrevistas en la cadena Thirteen New York PBS. Además, muy pronto estrenará un documental sobre el gran músico cubano ‘Cachao’ que ha realizado junto al actor Andy García”.
La Mañana, Diego Aranega, Enero 19, 2008
“As a filmmaker and visual artist, I use a variety of media-music, video, storytelling, projected imagery merging cinematic arts; dance, music; photography; theater; visual arts; voice; writing. Sense of timelessness, human landscape: faces, fragments of the body.”