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Laitala grew up on the Maine coast, while developing a chronic passion for old things. She is a media archaeologist whose work spans the territories of photography and expanded cinema performances to 3D videos and sculptural installation. Laitala’s work synthesizes ideas and ephemera from the realms of science, history, and technology. Her multifarious investigations into evolving systems of belief involve installation, photography, para-cinema, performance, kinetic sculpture, and single-channel forms. She holds her fingers to the pulse of every project she creates to make a work of art that breathes with a life of its own, possessing a singular vision. She studied photography and film at the Massachusetts College of Art and received her Master’s degree in film from the San Francisco Art Institute.


Laitala has had solo screenings at the Cinematheque Francaise, European Media Arts Festival and The Lausanne Underground Film Festival. She has created installations for the Berkeley Art Museum,The Manchester Art Center, San Francisco Art Institute, Edinburgh Institute of Art and the Akademie Schloss Solitude.


Laitala has won two Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, was awarded the Princess Grace Award for film in 1996 and PGF’s Special Grant in 2004, 2007, 2015 and 2016.


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