Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan-Canadian media artist, curator and researcher. Her practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary, including film, photography, drawing, and new media installation with custom-built interactive electronics and sound.
She is known for single-screen film works and modular immersive non-fiction-based installations. 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.
Gelis has worked collaboratively with communities around the globe, especially under the name of conSECUENCIAS, a collective that takes different forms and members according to the context and territory needs. She has large research on the relationship between plants/people and power in the context of colonization and globalization. From her plant-based research-creation, she explores documents and spaces to unveil the relationships or correlations between plants and people in communities and between plants and their multi-species interrelationships.
The idea of plants as political allies, actors, and plants’ particular relationships with place-making is central to her concept of “Migrated Plants.” Her innovative installations exhibited widely are featured in a recent book, Alexandra Gelis: Seed, edited by Mike Hoolboom and Clint Enns.
She has exhibited internationally in North and South America, including the Walker Art Center, Europe and Africa.