Mexico City, Mexico, b. 1958
Born in Mexico City Laura Anderson Barbata currently resides in New York City. She studied sculpture and engraving at the School of Visual Arts at the University of Rio de Janeiro and architecture in Mexico City.
Known for art that acts as a medium for social change, Anderson’s work often consists of public art performances in which different disciplines and different cultures mingle. Perhaps her most well known project, “Transcommunality,” highlights the dynamism of the moko jumbie stilt walking tradition of Trinidad and Tobago and how it can be utilized as a platform for social contemporary performance. Anderson’s drawings, sculptures and prints are as full of vibrancy, depth and meaning as her public art projects. “I believe art can show us a different way of looking at our world. More than anything, it allows us to take the present and visualize a desired future. That’s where change can happen. But change happens in our day-to-day relationships, so that’s why community involvement is so important. ” – Laura Anderson Barbata
Anderson has exhibited widely across the United States, Mexico, Europe, and South America. She is in the permanent collection and has held exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico; and the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.