Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan artist, educator and researcher living between Canada, Panama and Colombia. Her practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, drawing, and media installation with custom-built interactive electronics and sound. Her projects incorporate personal field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes by examining the traces left by various socio-political interventions. From her plant-based research-creation: she explores, documents and re-creates ecologies that take shape between plants and people, and between plants and their multi-species interrelationships. The idea of plants as political allies and as actors is central to her concept of "Migrated Plants".
Gelis has exhibited in film festivals and exhibitions internationally in the Americas, Europe and Africa. The Walker Art Center; Oberhausen Short Film Festival; Bienal del Sur; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur; Images Festival Toronto; ArtworxTO. Toronto; Oboro, Montreal; Museum of London (CA); YYZ Gallery; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Montevideo; Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires; LABOCINE; Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film; Alucine latin media festival; Vancouver Latin Film Festival; Dresdner schmalfilmtage; Pleasure Dome; Museo la Tertulia; Espacios Revelados / Changing Places; The Paseo Project New Mexico; and others.
She has given talks at Kassel and Documenta Institute, Germany; Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City; University of Zurich; and many arts and food sovereignty conferences.
Alexandra has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships. She has curated several shows across Canada and South America the last few years.