Laura Anderson Barbata posing in her studio.

February-March 2024 Residency: Laura Anderson Barbata

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts and the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI) welcomed writer, sociologist, poet, and professor Dr. Eve L. Ewing as Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence and featured performer for the 2023 Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival.

The fourth and last in the academic year-long series, Ewing’s residency was from March 30–April 1, 2023 and included a public conversation with poet and UW–Madison faculty Paul Tran on Thursday, March 30, and feature and headline performances at the annual Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1.

About the Artist

Laura Andeson Barbata standing in her studio, showing off some of her work, composed of costumes created from dark and textured fabrics and other materials.

Born in Mexico City, Laura Anderson Barbata is a Mexican transdisciplinary artist currently based in New York and Mexico City. Since 1992 she initiated long-term projects and collaborations in the Venezuelan Amazon, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway, and the United States that address social justice and the environment. Her work often combines performance, procession, dance, music, spoken word, textile arts, costuming, papermaking, zines and protest.

Her work is in various private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; el Museo de Arte Moderno, México D.F.; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Her work has received the Anonymous Was a Woman Award; grants from FONCA Mexico; Mario Trujillo García Defense for Human Rights Award, Mexico; Rockefeller Bellagio Artist in Residence;  and Honorary Fellow of Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies LACIS, UW Madison, among others.

She is currently on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association where she also serves as VP for Diversity and Inclusion.


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“Flow: Artists, Activists, and Educators Working with Water”

March 2 @ 2:00 pm
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI

“Plow: Artists, Activists, and Educators Working with Land”

March 3 @ 2:00 pm
Grand Theater, Wausau, WI


The 2023–2025 Wisconsin Idea Residency Program is presented by the UW–Madison Division of the Arts. This program is graciously funded by the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.