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Cruda Colletive

UPCOMING


2022

Water is What We Make It. Gemeene Grond Residency in collaboration with Gemeente Utrecht 

EXPERIENCE


2020 - present

Cruda Collective
Research duo with Andrea Galano Toro. The Netherlands & Berlin.

2021 - present

Freelance filmmaker & Video Editor. Directing, writing & editing (experimental) art films. Cairo, Mexico City, & The Netherlands

2022 - present

Freelance Junior Video Editor. Egas Producations, Almere

2021 - 2022

Researcher in Residency.
Horror Program Research Bureau. University of the Underground, ↗

2021 - 2022

Artist in Residency.
Midseason Residency. Het Resort, Groningen

2021 - 2022

Artist in Residency.
Master Apprentice Program. Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

2020

Intern & Assistant.
Mounira Al Solh. Zutphen & Amsterdam

2019

Writer in Residency.
Camp Cushy Watershed, 1- month Residency for artists and writers, Eindhoven

2019

Artist in Residency.
UNIDEE Residency program with Cittadellarte. Biella, Italy

Film maker and artist

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Last updated 06/2022

Laila Saber Rodriguez is an Egyptian and Mexican filmmaker & director currently based in the Netherlands. Her films, usually being fiction or science fiction, activate the viewer’s senses through poetic and fluid visuals with carefully designed sound. Laila explores hybrid storytelling and non-linear reflections, which through her films, reveal worlds that open through one’s experience of symbols, composition, script, and music. Where do you meet the inhuman within you? The intricate choreography of these elements takes the viewer through a journey, which she hopes is an active process of conversation and transformation.
Within her practice as a director, she engages with matter and meaning in a curious approach. Starting with brainstorming visions, having multiple conversations and deep collaborations, the production and videos at the end take on a very curated form where every aspect reveals layers of meaning and conversations. These meanings and conversations are not only arising from the human contact, but rather through the landscapes, the emotions, the memories, and dreams provoked through the process.



She is also part of the collective duo Cruda, with Andrea Galano Toro, who together explore hybridity and animism through spell-writing and performance readings, and lectures.


EDUCATION

2017-2021
BA in Arts. Base for Experiment Art and Research, ArtEZ, Arnhem Minor degree in Theory and Research.

2018-2020
Honours Program. Thesis: Where is The Circle Within the Square? A Journey Through The Intricate Relationship Between Matter and Meaning in the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. ArtEZ, Deventer. Orientation Course in Art and Design

2016-2017
Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague

EXHIBITIONS

03/2022
Horror Show.
Researchers present their final project. University of the Under-ground,

03/2022
Once Upon A Time.
group show at Kardinge Ice-Skating Ring, Groningen.

03/2022
World Receiver.
Group show at Omstand, Arnhem.

11/2021
Media, Art & Technology Festival.
Limina screening on the big screen at Focus Film Theater, Arnhem
07/2021
Hot Damn Thank You Ma’am.
ArtEZ BEAR finals, Arnhem.

04/2020
F6 
Duo Exhibition Laila Saber Rodriguez and Sean Nielssen, Arnhem

12/2019
The Opposite of Fatalism.
Performance collaborative with Jeremiah Day and 13 others, Berlin

PUBLICATIONS / APPERANCES

03/2022
“The Creature That Crawls in The Underground Skies”
Film project research published on University of the Underground.

11/2021
World Building Lecture with Andrea Galano Toro.
Media Art & Technology Festival at Focus Film Theater, Arnhem

09/2021
Metropolis M.
Best Graduates, ArtEZ 2021 

07/2021
Syntax Podcast Interview on Spotify.
Laila Saber Rodriguez and Andrea Galano Toro moderated by Heike de Wit. Arnhem. 
06/2021
A Good Tale Begins with a Walk.
Video Essay comissioned by Studium Generale ArtEZ, Arnhem & Cairo. 

05/2021
Playground Publication with designer Elsa de Jong.
Curated and invited 8 artists to participate within the theme of play. Arnhem

01/2020
JaJaJaNeeNeeNee Radio.
Contribution to Surreptitous Syrup: About Long Distances on Saturdays. Amsterdam

FILMOGRAPHY

The Creature That Crawls in The Underground Skies (2022)
Mercury Surface (2022)
Limina (2021)
A Good Tale Begins With A Walk (2021)
Querido Mapa (2020)
Detective Work III: Erasure (2020)
Detective Work II: Stairs (2019)
Tales: On Shadows (2019)
Tales: On Nostos (2019)
Detective Work I: Image (2018)





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