Laura Anderson Barbata posing in her studio.

Current Residency: Laura Anderson Barbata

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts and the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment are pleased to welcome Laura Anderson Barbata back to campus in Spring 2024. On February 6, 2024, Barbata will give a virtual presentation from her New York studio about her own work, especially about her ongoing “Interventions,” in partnership with the UW–Madison Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS).

In early March she will travel to North Central and Southeastern Wisconsin to curate a series of community conversations which will bring together knowledge-keepers from indigenous, immigrant and refugee communities in each region:

  • Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.
    • “Flow: Artists, Activists, and Educators Working with Water,” at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.
    • “Plow: Artists, Activists, and Educators Working with Land,” at the Grand Theater in Wausau, Wisconsin

See the Events listed below for more details!

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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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.