Laida Lertxundi was born in Bilbao, Spain, and makes 16mm films primarily in and around Los Angeles, where she has lived and worked for more than a decade. Her work is intrinsically and inextricably connected to the California landscape and psyche. Beautiful and enigmatic, her 16mm films bring together ideas from conceptual art and structural film with a radical, embodied, feminist perspective.
Lertxundi received a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Bard College. She has had solo exhibitions at LUX, London (2018), Tramway Glasgow (2018), Tabakalera, San Sebastian (2017); fluent, Santander, (2017); DA2, Salamanca (2015); Vdrome (2014); La Alhondiga, Bilbao (2014); and Marta Cervera (2013). Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Katonah Museum of Art, New York (2018); Galeria Cinematica Solar, Portugal, (2018), Joan, Los Angeles, (2017), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); the Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2015); Wild Screen, Connemara, Ireland (2015); Frieze Projects, New York, (2014); LIAF, Biennial, Norway (2013); the Lyon Biennale (2013); and in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art (2012). Lertxundi’s films have screened in museums, festivals, and galleries, including most recently at, RedCat, Los Angeles (2018); Walker Art Center (2017); MoMa, New York (2017); Tate Modern (2016); ICA, London (2016); White Chapel Gallery, London (2015); Glynn Vivian Gallery, Wales (2015); National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (2015); Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia (2015); LUX, London (2014); Kunstverein, Hamburg (2014); New York film Festival (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2018); Edinburgh International Film Festival (2014); BAM, Brooklyn (2014); MAK Schindler House, Los Angeles (2014); PS1 MoMA (2013); Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art (2013); and Tate Modern, London (2011). She teaches film and Fine Art at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and is the chair of Filmmaking studies at EQZE masters program in San Sebastian, Spain.
Read Miguel Armas’s LUX New Artist Focus commissioned text on Laida Lertxundi’s moving image practice, re-enactment, and a sense of loneliness and longing here.