Laura Dutton lives and works on traditional and unceded territory of the Lekwungen, Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. Dutton is a photo/video-based artist and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Victoria. She received an MFA from the University of Victoria in 2011 and a BFA from Concordia University, Montréal in 2006.
Dutton works with photography and video installation to unravel the materiality of photographic images and disrupt our ability to look straight through to the referent described. By obscuring, degrading, or removing the subject matter altogether, her images reveal their own process and become distilled suggestions of what once stood before the lens, offering an epistemological space for the viewer to meditate on the act of seeing and knowing.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna), Deluge Contemporary (Victoria), Esker Foundation Project Space (Calgary), PAVED Arts (Saskatoon), VU Photo (Québec City), and group exhibitions at The Vancouver Art Gallery, Gallery Jones (Vancouver), Chernoff Fine Art (Vancouver), and Open Space (Victoria). She was included in the opening exhibition for the inaugural year of the Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver and was the Québec winner of the 2006 BMO First Art competition. She has received project grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Her work is included in collections of the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the Bank of Montreal, and the University of the Fraser Valley.