Romanian-born Canadian artist Laura Taler works across a range of media including performance, film, sound, sculpture, and installation. Her work explores how memory and history are linked to movement and how the body is able to carry the past without being oppressed by it. Taler began her career as a contemporary dance choreographer before turning her attention to filmmaking and visual art. Her work has been praised for its unique combination of emotional resonance, wit, and striking visuals.  She has been a resident at the Banff Center for the Arts, Centro Cultural Recoleta (Buenos Aires), Carleton Immersive Media Studio (Ottawa) and a fellow at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Awards include a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, the Best Experimental Documentary award from Hot Docs!, and Best of the Festival from New York’s Dance on Camera Festival.  Publications include Tension/Spannung(Turia+Kant, 2010), Revisiting Ephemera (Blue Medium Press, 2011) and Embodied Fantasies (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013).  In 2020/21 she was artist-in-residence at the Ottawa Dance Directive.  Taler is the most recent recipient of Galerie SAW Gallery's Dennis Tourbin Prize for New Performance.


Laura Taler greatfully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Institute for Cultural Inquiry, and Telefilm Canada.