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ALEXANDRA GELIS LOMBANA
3- 1495 Dundas St. West. Toronto, Ontario M6K1T6 Canada                                                     info@alexandragelis.com
Canada: +1 (647) 501.2535
www.alexandragelis.com                  www.consecuencias.org            www.autorganizaciones.com

Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. Her studio practice combines new media, installation, and photography with custom built interactive electronics. Her projects incorporate personal field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes through examining the traces left by various socio-political interventions. She uses data capture techniques, video, sound, and spatial and electronic media to create documentary based immersive installations; single-channel videos, and experimental photography. She has exhibited internationally in North and South America as well as Ethiopia in Africa.

Alexandra Gelis has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the prestigious Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Colombian MInister of Culture. Her research has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the ministry of Culture of Colombia. She also won the Colciencias Doctoral Fellowship Program for her PhD research “Environmental History and Aesthetics of Invasive Plants in Equinoctial America: An Arts-Based Inquiry”  .

EDUCATION

2013 to the present     PhD candidate, Environmental Studies. York University. Toronto, Canada

2011     MFA  in Visual Arts, Time Based Program. York University. Toronto, Canada

1998     BFA  in Fine Arts. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogotá, Colombia

1991-1993         Photography with Esteban Eljaiek and Abdu Eljaiek. Bogotá, Colombia

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

2015 Canada Council for the Arts, Grant to New Media and Audio Artists: Research

2014 COLCIENCIAS, Doctoral Fellowship Program abroad. (Administrative department of Science, technology and innovation of Colombia).  (Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de Colombia).

2014 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Media Arts Professionals.

2013 “Sendá Chaquero: Palenque Sonoro” an art and communication project that includes the creation of the community radio station in the Afro-colombian community of San Basilio de Palenque.With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Colombia.

2013 Ontario Arts Council, International residency to be part of the project Addis Contemporary at Alles School of Fine Arts of Addis Ababa University. Ethiopia.

2012 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Media Artists.

2012 Canada Council for the Arts. Grant to New Media and Audio Artists: Production Grants.
2011      Green Conscience Award. Letters from Sky, International Festival Experimental Films of Climate Change South      
             Africa for Cooling Reactors, by Alexandra Gelis and Sojin Chun.

2011 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Media Artists.

2010 Ontario Arts Council, Artists in the Community.

2010 Ontario Arts Council, Access and Career Development.

2009 Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant to Media Artists.

RESEARCH – RESIDENCIES

From  2013  Environmental History and Aesthetics of Invasive Plants in Equinoctial America: An Arts-Based Inquiry. Research and production project for PhD in the Faculty of Environmental Studies York University.Toronto. Canada.

From 2014 Freedom Sown from Seeds: medicinal plants in San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia.

2013   Sendá Chaquero: Palenque Sonoro, art and communication project that includes Aloito Pio, the community radio station. With the support of Colombian Minister of Culture. San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia.

2012 Techno Parque Lab. With the support of SENA (Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje). Pereira, Colombia.

2012 New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Trans-X Residency. Toronto, Canada.

2012 Polyscopy Vehicles: A Moving Sound Sculpture with Electronic components. Supported by Canada Council for the Arts.

2011 La Cúpula, Sudamerica Electronica Media Lab, Córdoba Argentina.

2010 Field Work for Corredor (Corridor) as a part of “Panama Project”, Panama City and other cities, Panama.

2010 Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Priamo Lozada Documentation Center. Short Term Research Residency for Curatorial program part of Toronto aluCine Latin Film & Media Festival 2010. Mexico City, Mexico.

2010 Laboratorio Arte Alameda. Short Term Residency for the Development of “Panama Project” with the Musician-Programmer Mauro Herrera M. Mexico City, Mexico.

2010 Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes.  Short Term advisory program for the Development of “Panama Project” in Color correction, and conSECUENCIAS video and photography workshops – projects advisory in Open software for video editing. Mexico City, Mexico.

VIDEO AND INSTALLATIONS WORKS 2009-2014

2016 Estera / Mat. Online interactive documentary. ( estera.migratedplants.com)
2015 Estera / Mat. super 8 mm film, two channels.
2014 Weeds. Immersive interactive sound installation with 6 channels of audio. Commissioned by Alucine Latin + Media Festival. Toronto, Canada. Curated by Sinara Rozo and Mariuxi Zambrano

2014 Rhizomatic Directed Simulations. Super 8 film, commissioned by The 8 fest. Toronto, Canada.

2014 Bahareque / Adobe. Interactive Sound and Video Sculpture with Electronic components

2013     Muebles sonoros + Los Personidos. Collaborative piece with youth of the Perseverancia neighborhood, Colombia. Sound and Video Sculpture with Electronic components + hip hop.

2013     Corredor: The Big Picture. Four screen video installation and eight channel sound immersive space

2013     Corredor: The Big Picture. Two screen

2013     Sewing The Woods. Sound and Video Sculpture with Electronic components. Comissioned by E-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization.

2012     Efectos Descentrados. Sound Sculpture with Electronic components

2012     Autorganizaciones: 24h informal economy news (collaborative online web-video based documentary. Ongoing project www.autorganizaciones.com Commissioned web based work by Museo Bolivariano de Barranquilla and  curated by Manuel Zuñiga.

2012     Snow Cone, Raspao: A Moving Sound Sculpture with Electronic components

2012     Mate V.02

2011     Mate.

2011     Corredor. Six channel video installation.

2011     Raspao. (snow cone) Piece for multiple components and electronics. Manned vehicle that captures, process and

transmits video & sound data.

2011     El Bosque (The Woods). Single channel installation.

2011     Crucero . Video

2010     La Casa de María (Maria’s House). Video

2010     Rafael (Raphael). Three channel Video Installation.

2010     Conchitas (Conchs), in collaboration with Jorge Lozano. Video

2010     La Casa de Olga (The House of Olga). Video

2010     Intersecting Fields. Video installation.

2010     One Dollar Click. Video

2009     Borders. Video installation

2009     English for Beginners. Video

EXHIBITIONS

2015 Voz a Voz. Exhibition and online publication. Curated by Maria Alejandrina Coates and Julieta Maria. Organized by E-fagia media Arts Organization. YYZ Gallery, Toronto – Canada.

2015 Contentious Geographies. Solo exhibition curated by Lucrezia Cipitelli. Modern Art Museum / Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa University. Ethiopia

2015 Subtle technologies Festival V.18 3rd Ear:expanded notios of sound in science & art. Curated by Zach Pearl. Toronto, Canada.

2015 CAVAC 15: Incidencias. 1ª Muestra de Arte Contemporáneo de la Comunidad de Artistas Visuales de Cartagena y Bolívar. Presenting Workshop and exhibition by Gente de Colores Collective. Cartagena, Colombia

2014 Fronteras Franqueadas: Diálogos entre arte y arquitectura. Curated by Ana María Lozano. Galería ASAB. Bogotá, Colombia

2014 Pulsaciones: Arte Colombiano Contemporáneo. Curated by Ana María Lozano. Club el Nogal, Bogotá, Colombia.

2014 Weeds. Commissioned by Alucine Latin + Media Festival. Toronto, Canada. Curated by Sinara Rozo and Mariuxi Zambrano. Solo exhibition.

2014     Women’s Arts Resource Centre. Tracings: Recent work from W5 Art Collective. Toronto, Canada

2013     43 Salón (Inter)nacional de Artistas de Colombia. Medellín , Colombia

2013     La Otra Bienal. Bogotá, Colombia.

2013     Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Montevideo. Montevideo, Uruguay

2013     Images Festival, Closing Night Gala.

2013     E-fagia. Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada.

2012     Error not found. Electronics installation. El Parqueadero Gallery. Banco de la Republica. Bogotá, Colombia

2012     LA Galeria, “ABAJO EN LA TIERRA”. Bogotá, Colombia. Curated by Ana María Lozano.

2012     Fire on the Water, 2012 festival. organized by The Waves (Christie Pearson and Marcus Boon).Toronto, Canada

2012     14 th annual Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art. NAISA (New Adventures in Sound Art). Toronto, Canada.

2011     Twelve People. Gallery West. Toronto, Canada.

2011      La Cúpula Galería de Arte / Media Lab, Córdoba Argentina.

2011     Disappearing Contours: Landscapes. Solo exhibition. Gales Gallery. Toronto, Canada

2011     Encuentro de lugares.  42 Salón Nacional de Artistas Colombia. Cartagena, Colombia.

2010     42 Salón Nacional de Artistas Colombia. Barranquilla, Colombia.
2010     At the Boundary of the Self. OCADU, Graduate Gallery. Toronto, Canada.

2010     Belong to something. Special Project Gallery, York university. Toronto, Canada.

2010     Loves never dies. Organized by Form+Content Gallery and Traffic Zone Gallery of Minneapolis. Curated by Jim                         Dryden and Howard Oransky with an additional curatorial contribution of the Walker Art Center. Minneapolis, USA

2010     Body of Democracy. UQAM, Montreal, Canada

2010     Dig it out. Glendon Gallery. Glendon College, York university. Toronto, Canada.

2009     10th aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival. Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

2009     Hacer del cuerpo. 13 Salón Regional de Artistas Zona Caribe . Cartagena, Colombia

2009     E-Fagia, Digital Event’ 09. Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON.

2009     Your own adventure: York University Visual Arts Grad Students. Gales Gallery & Special Projects Gallery, York                         University. Toronto, Canada.

2009     Encuentro de tres miradas en Panama/ Encounter of three views. Casa Góngora: Casa de la Cultura del Artista             Panameño. Panama City-Panama

2008     Festival Arte por la Tierra. United Nations Environment Programmed for Latinamerica and Caribbean. Panama               City, Panama.

2008     Manos y Lenguas Libres, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Canada

2008     Divercity,  Latin-American Exhibition.  Toronto, Canada.

2007     Short List: multi-media art installations and the finest music. aluCine Media Festival, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto,             Canada

2007     E-Fagia, Digital Event’ 07: Media and New Media Exhibition

2007     E-Fagia, Digital Event’ 07: Media and New Media Exhibition.The Taken Place-Video installation by Jorge Lozano                         in collaboration with Alexandra Gelis. XPACE Gallery, September 07, Toronto, Canada.

2006     E-Fagia, Digital Event’ 06–www.e-fagia.org . Pores on line -On Line Web Art. Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada.

2006     Por los derechos de Mujeres, niñas y adolescentes -Photography, Email-Art & Digital Art. Caracas, Venezuela

2006     Pretensiones Imperiales. CELARG Casa Rómulo Gallegos. Caracas, Venezuela

2006     Mirada de Nos-Otros2. Casa de la Cultura Villa La Angostura  – Neuquén – Patagonia Argentina

2005     Mirada de Nos-Otros. – Casa de la Cultura Villa La Angostura  – Neuquén – Patagonia Argentina

2002     Cabaret Fría: A dialogue between artists in la FIA (Iberoamerican Art Fair )CELARG Casa Centro Rómulo                                    Gallegos, Caracas, Venezuela.

1998     Fragments of a living video. – Project directed by José Alejandro Restrepo – Collective Video art

1998     Un maquillaje perfecto, A perfect Make up. -Multimedia Installation. Group Exhibition. Universidad Jorge Tadeo             Lozano, Bogota, Colombia

1998     Reflecting with the Other: Salón de Arte Universitario Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota, Colombia.

Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota, Colombia.
1998     Salón de Arte Jóven Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Cartagena, Colombia.

VIDEO FESTIVALS – SCREENINGS

2016 The Dream Medicine of Alexandra Gelis. Retrospective curated by Mike Hoolboom. Pleasure Dome. Toronto, Ca.

2016 The Super 8 Fest. Toronto, Canada

2015 Images Festival program on Air Canada’s In Flight Entertainment System.
2015 The Super 8 Fest. Toronto, Canada
2014 ARKIPEL Festival. Resistance Persistence and Time.  Jakarta, Indonesia.

2014 27th Images Festival 2013. Toronto, Canada

2014 The Super 8 Fest. Commissioned work by the Festival. Toronto, Canada.

2013     26th Images Festival 2013. Corredor: the Big Picture, Closing Night Gala. LIVE IMAGES: MUSIC + VIDEO . Music:

Chicago-based drummer Hamid Drake and Torontonian baritone saxophonist David Mott. Video: Alexandra Gelis.  Toronto, Canada.

2012     Lakino : Latin American Short Film Festival Berlin. Alemania. “Northern Latin Visions” curated by Sinara Perdomo.

2012     AIVA – Angelholm International Video Art Festival. Video art from South America. Curated by Kika Nicolela.

2012     Pleasure Dome Festival. Immanent Space: Pleasure Dome New Toronto Works 2012. Curated by Sharlene

Bamboat, Zoë Heyn-Jones & Alexis Mitchell.

2011     Local Project at Condarco Loft 921. LP Gallery based in New York in Santiago de Chile, Chile.

2011      Letters from Sky, Internationa Festival Experimental Films of Climate Change South Africa. Green Conscience
Award for Cooling Reactors, by Alexandra Gelis and Sojin Chun.

2011      Queer City Cinema’s Tour “Wide Open Wide”, 6 Canadian cities.

2011     The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge. Berlin, Germany.

2010     Experimentos Canadienses con Sazon Latina. Festival Nacional de Cortometraje Juvenil FILMARTE 2010.

Curated by Sinara Rozo. Veracruz, Mexico. www.festivalfilmarte.com

2010     Official Video Art Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena-Colombia 2010.

2010     Part of The Exquisite Corpse Video Project, An ongoing, global, online, audio-visual collaboration.

Videoformes Festival. Clermont-Ferrand, France. / Braziliality. London, UK / Supermarket Art Fair.  Stockholm,                         Sweden. / Kulturpalast Wedding International. Berlin, Germany. / aluCine, Toronto Latin Media Festival. Toronto,                       Canada. / VideoDanzaBA. Buenos Aires, Argentina. / Artists Access Television. San Francisco, US. / Contato.                       Sao Carlos, Brazil.

2009     Festival Independiente de Cine de Mompox. Mompox-Colombia

2009     Part of The Exquisite Corpse Video Project, An ongoing, global, online, audio-visual collaboration. Magacin. /             Belgrade, Serbia. / V.art09. Värnamo, Sweden.

2009     Poco Brillo. a selection of experimental videos by artist living in Toronto and New York, curated by Liliana Vélez,                         Joshua y Zachery Sandler. El Bodegón, Bogotá-Colombia.

2009     Encuentro de tres miradas en Panamá / Encounter of three views. Casa Gongora: Casa de la Cultura del Artista                         Panameño. Panama City-Panama.

2009     Lugar a Dudas, (Place of Doubts) Cali-Colombia.

2008     Festival Arte por la Tierra (Art for the Earth festival), PNUMA Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio               Ambiente. (United Nations Environment Programmed for Latinamerica and Caribbean)

2008     Tinto House. Toronto-Canada

2008     Short List. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto-Canada

2008     Manos y Lenguas Libres. Gladstone Hotel. Toronto, Canada.

2007     Experimenta Colombia, Electronic Art Festival in Colombia. Bogotá-Colombia,

2007     Latin Film Festival in Vancouver. Vancouver-Canada,

2007     aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival.Toronto, Canada

2006     aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival.Toronto, Canada

COMMISSIONED WORK

2015 Estera (Mat) online interactive documentary. Commissioned by E-Fagia Visual and Media Art Organization, curated by Julieta María and María Alejandrina Coates. Toronto, Canada.

2014     Weeds, Commissioned Video Installation. aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival. Toronto, Canada

2014     Rhizomatic Directed Simulations. Super 8 film, commissioned by The 8 fest. Toronto, Canada.

2013     Sewing The Woods. Sound and Video Sculpture with Electronic components. Commissioned by E-Fagia Visual

and Media Art Organization, curated by Arlan Londoño. Toronto, Canada

2012     Autorganizaciones: 24h informal economy news (collaborative online web-video based documentary. Ongoing

project www.autorganizaciones.com) Commissioned web based work by Museo Bolivariano de Barranquilla and  curated by Manuel Zuñiga.

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

– Archivo: Trabajo de Campo / Archive: Fieldwork.  A reading of the Laboratorio Arte Alameda’s archive, in dialogue with the project (Ready) Media: Towards an Archaeology of media and invention in Mexico.Video program of documentation of pieces by artists that approach their environment through research in fieldwork with a critical view using various media and technologies.

– All Inclusive: A Conceptual Vacation Package to Latin American Destinations. Curatorial Project by Alexandra Gelis & SoJin Chun. HotShots Gallery. Toronto, Canada. April-2010.

– 3 Queer programs in Ciclo H. A compilation of short films about queer Latin-Canadian people living in Canada and two programs by Hispano-Americans artists. Ciclo Cine H, LGBTQ Video and Film Festival. Cartagena-Colombia.

Curated with the collaboration of Jorge Lozano.

Entre Sitios. Experimental video program curated in collaboration with Jorge Lozano. Mompox Independent Cinema Festival. Mompox-Colombia 2009.

Trazos Ambientales I / Enviromental Traces I . Environmental Canadian Animation program with the collaboration of Madi Piller (Toronto Animated Image Society Director). Films produced by  National Film Board of Canada). Festival Arte por la Tierra. PNUMA Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (United Nations Environment            Programmed for Latinamerica and Caribbean) Panama City, Panama. 2008.

Trazos Ambientales II / Enviromental Traces II. Canada – Panama Experimental Video art program, curated with the collaboration of  Claire Egan. Ministerio de Cultura. Teatro Anita Villalaz. Festival Arte por la Tierra. PNUMA Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (United Nations Environment Programmed for Latinamerica and Caribbean) Panama City, Panama. 2008.

SELECTED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016 Teacher Assistant. ENVS 1600. Course Director: Rachel Gorman. Uncovering the Body.  Faculty of Environmental Studies. York University. Toronto, Canada.

2015 Visiting Professor at Alle School of Art in Addis Ababa University – Master of Film Production and Master in Visual Arts. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2015 Teacher Assistant. ENVS 1600. Course Director: Honor Ford-Smith. Uncovering the Body.  Faculty of Environmental Studies. York University. Toronto, Canada.

2013-2015  Teacher Assistant. ENVS 2100. Course Director: Timothy Leduc. Environment and Culture Faculty of Environmental Studies. York University. Toronto, Canada.

2013 Course Director. VISA 3053 3.0 Community Based Video: Video Art and Activism. Faculty of Fine Arts,Department of Visual Arts. York University. Toronto, Canada.

2012     Facilitator. Mitraits. Photography and performance workshop with Latin American youth. Gallery 44. Organized by conSECUENCIAS collective. Toronto, ON. Canada

2011     Facilitator. Photography workshop with seniors. The Rexdale Community Health Centre. Organized by Bathari Productions.Etobicoke, ON. Canada

2011     Facilitator. Creative Mosaics: Mentoring in Community Arts and Culture. Scarborough Arts Council (SAC) collaborated with a range of organizations including Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CAS), Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS) and Cultural Pluralism in Performing Arts Movement Ontario (CPPAMO) Toronto, Canada.

2010     Course Instructor .Introduction to Video Art- Production. Time based Art. Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts. York University. Toronto, Canada.

2010     Director, facilitator. Imported Footprints. Hispanic Development Council. Instructor of Photography and Video workshop part of the Gay Pride program 2010. Toronto, Canada. –

2008-2010         Director, facilitator.Huellas (Footprints). Hispanic Development Council. A three years program of photography and video for Latin American youth living in Toronto. Supported by The Youth Challenge Fund. Toronto,Canada.

2009 -2010        Coo director, facilitator. VIDEO N ACTION Latin American Youth Photography Video Workshop

An aluCine Toronto Latin Media Festival Project. Supported by the Social Investment Fund of Toronto Community Housing.

2008-2009         Director, facilitator. conSECUENCIAS. PNUMA (Programa Ambiental de de las Naciones Unidas ) and OCA  Office of Casco Antiguo. 2 years program with 5 different workshops of Photography, Video and Graphic Design. Panama City, Panama,

2008-2009         Director, facilitator. Festival Arte por la Tierra. PNUMA Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente Plaza de Francia. Teatro Anita Villalaz. Experimental Animations with still images, Workshop: PNUMA (Programa Ambiental de de las Naciones Unidas ) and OCA  Office of Casco Antiguo. Panama City, Panama

2004-2006         Instructor.Web Design Workshop. Caracas – Venezuela.

2003-2005         Workshops Facilitator in Visual Arts. Galería de Arte Nacional (National Art museum of Venezuela)                     Caracas, Venezuela.

1999     Director, facilitator. Parque del Este (East Park). Fine Arts Workshops, Ecological Games Vacational Workshop. Caracas-Venezuela.

1995-1998         Instructor. Photography at the studio. Photorama Academy. Bogotá, Colombia.

1995-1999         Workshops Facilitator in Visual Arts.MAMBO (Art museum of Bogota)             Bogotá, Colombia.

 

2008-2013 conSECUENCIAS collective. Founding member, Director

ART CONSULTANT – JURY

2012     Jury for Cartagena International Film Festival. Experimental Video section. Cartagena, Colombia.

2010     Mentorship for Documentary about Latin American Youth Artists in Toronto by Josue Maya. Access and Career

Development Grant Ontario Arts Council.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

2012     El Otro en Desafio. International encounter of theorists and thinkers in Visual Arts and New Media from the Periphery. Atlántico University. Barranquilla , Colombia.

2012     Techno Parque Lab. With the support of SENA (National Service of Learning). Pereira, Colombia.

2012     New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), Trans-X Residency. Toronto, Canada.

2011     National University of Córdoba. La Metro University. Córdoba, Argentina.

2010     Centro Multimedia del Centro Nacional de las Artes.  “Panama Project”. Mexico City, Mexico.