Laura Varela has been nominated for a United States Artist Fellowship

which celebrates the breadth of American artistic practices by providing $50,000 unrestricted awards directly to artists. Best of luck for the final award, Laura!

Laura Varela is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artists whose Medicine Stories are shaped by her roots growing up on the US/Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas. Her work explores ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations. She has recieved awards from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas and Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund. In 2015 she recieved the Best Director Award for the San Antonio’s Film Festival’s City on the Rise Award. She ha

s also taught courses on documentary film at the University of Texas San Antonio; and lectures and screens her work around the country. Varela has dedicated her career as a filmmaker and artist as a form of cultural preservation and activism for the individual and communal healing and justice.

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