In 2019, the Botín Centre celebrates the 25th anniversary of Itineraries, the annual exhibition that displays the work of the artists awarded the Botín Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant each year, which has been running since 1993.
Laura Bonnefous is a photographer. She lives and works in Paris. Laura studied for five years at the Beaux Arts in Paris, a year at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and at the Ecole des Gobelins in photography. Her photography focuses on the spaces she encounters and those she recreates in a studio. It is a sculpture-like practice of photography she proposes, through personal or commissioned work.
She participates in exhibitions, residencies and competitions in France and abroad. She has been for example at the 104 in Paris, the Cité Internationale des Arts and the Les Rencontres d’Arles for the past two years, as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. She win Picto prise in 2015 and La Bourse du Talent. She was nominated among the finalists of Voies Off Festival in Arles in 2016 and she was in the selection of “La club des Directeurs Artistiques”. In 2016, she is one of the winners of the club’s award for artistic directors and European photographers selected for the Voies Off Festival in Arles. More recently she is a finalist of the Photography Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts and has made her first short film. In the spring of 2017, she presents Périphéries Intérieurs, a personal exhibition for the Month of the Photo of the Grand Paris 2017 and Out of Line at the Fontaine Obscure gallery in Aix en Provence.
Inspired by the relationship that men have with the spaces and shapes that form our contemporary landscape, she recreates her own personal and metaphorical space. The images she creates lead us into a world where the shapes make the characters move, where mythologies are reversed. Her work is inspired by sculpture and performance. Dehumanized as well as melancholic, her images create a kind of archeology of the future.