Laura Gildner is a visual artist working at the intersections of performance and lens-based media. The majority of her practice is centered around the creation of live and often participatory event-based productions that are later translated into video installations, photographic documents, and archives of the makeshift communities that develop as a result of their creation.
Her work has been supported by the BC Arts Council, the Canadian Federation of University Women, Canwest Global, and the University of Victoria among others. Gildner has been a finalist for the Lind Prize in Photography, Film, and Video Art twice (2017 and 2018), and holds a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria. Originally from Algonquin Territory, she currently lives and works on the unceded territories of the Lekwungen peoples (Victoria, BC). Gildner has previously participated in Capture as part of the Lind Prize exhibition in 2017.
Gildner’s work has been exhibited at the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick, Scotland), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Open Space (Victoria), Presentation House Gallery and the Polygon, among others. She has been an artist in residence with the International Performance Art Association (Italy) and Arts Unfold (Toronto), and in addition to her lens-based practice, has produced several live commissions for organizations such as Integrate Arts (Victoria) and Artscape (Toronto).