Laura Serejo Genes
Laura was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and educated in New York City. She studied architecture at the Cooper Union where her thesis project, “Roosevelt Island – Site Exhaustion” won the Allen N. Goldfischer Memorial Award, recognizing the project that best explores relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principles in an urban context. Through the use of photography and installation she describes a human element of the built environment, which is otherwise absent from technical plans and sections. By forcing the body back into structures, the permanence of both forms is put into question. The built form takes on the vulnerability of human-nature and the human body adopts the monumental qualities of a landmark. Both architecture and humans are made to perform in specific time-scales and lifespans; & in the case of both, neglecting that destiny is the only way to carry-on. Laura makes work to ask: how can structures preserve our poetry and how can we lend our poetry to structures? She has been collaborating with artist, Mauricio Cortes since 2008. They received a Menschel Fellowship Award for “The Nancy Flowers Project”, a multimedia project with Hugo Genes that delivered photographs taken by anthropologist Nancy Flowers in the 1980’s back to their subjects, the Pimental Barbosa, Xavante of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Mauricio and Laura exhibited as part of the Bienal de las Fronteras 2015, in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Laura served as the 2016 Exhibition Production Fellow at the Queens Museum and has worked as a researcher/fabricator at Situ Studios in Brooklyn.