Image Description: A colour photo of a white, female person standing on a rock, wearing a black drysuit for scuba diving, with a body of water in the background.
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Laura Magnusson

Laura Magnusson is an interdisciplinary artist who explores and elucidates felt experiences of trauma resulting from sexual violence through installation, sculpture, drawing, performance, and video. She is a trained scuba diver who has filmed underwater in Iceland and México, using the medium of water as a site for healing and reconnecting to her body. Magnusson’s research-creation has been presented in Canada, the United States, México, and a number of European countries, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Michigan (2019), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University.     

Participant in the following FMS projects

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2020 – PhD Student in Interdisciplinary Humanities | Concordia University, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
2019 – MFA in Interdisciplinary Art | University of Michigan, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
2010 – BFA in Sculpture with Honours | University of Manitoba, School of Art


Magnusson, Laura, Julie Patarin-Jossec, Kate Korroch, and Susan Hansen. “Building Material Languages of Trauma: In Conversation with Laura Magnusson.” Visual Studies 38, no. 2 (2023): 206–19.

Magnusson, Laura. “Trauma, Embodiment, Water: A Story about the Making of Blue.” In More Just Sustainable Futures Artistic Research Symposium for PhD Students (symposium ebook). University of Plymouth, School of Art, Design and Architecture, 2022: 73-84.

Permanent Work

Return Bin | University of Manitoba | Winnipeg, MB, Canada 
*Permanent public sculpture commissioned by University of Manitoba via juried competition.

Solo Exhibitions

Blue | Flint Institute of Arts | Flint, MI, US

I was Wearing Golden Clamshell Earrings
| University of Waterloo Art Gallery | Waterloo, ON, Canada 

Blue | Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan | Ann Arbor, MI, US 

Select Group Exhibitions and Film Screenings

Biocurious | Art Windsor-Essex | Windsor, ON, Canada

Experimental Series – Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City, UT, US

Art Nova 100 | Guardian Art Center | Beijing, China

Arte Laguna Prize (Finalist Exhibition) | Arsenale of Venice | Venice, Italy

Burnt Video Art and Experimental Film Festival | Montreal, QC, Canada

ALC Video Art Festival | Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante | Alicante, Spain

Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival | Hamilton, ON, Canada

Osaka International Film Festival | Osaka, Japan (*Semi-Finalist: Best Experimental Short Film)

 Toronto International Women Film Festival | Toronto, ON, Canada

4th Hollywood Art & Movie Awards | Los Angeles, CA, US (*Award Winner: Best Experimental Short)

Film Maudit 2.0 | Santa Monica, CA, US

Calcutta International Short Film Festival | Kolkata, India

Video Art Festival Turku (VAFT) | Turku, Finland

International Women’s Film Festival | Orlando, FL, US

International Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen | Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México

Great Lakes State Film Festival | Bay City, MI, US

7th Annual Nightpiece Film Festival (Edinburgh Festival Fringe) | Sittingbourne, Kent, UK

Austin After Dark Film Festival | Austin, TX, US (*Award Finalist: Best Experimental Short)

Wales International Film Festival | Neath, Wales, UK (*Award Finalist: Best Experimental Film)

Gimli International Film Festival | Gimli, MB, Canada

Fine Arts Film Festival (Venice Institute of Contemporary Art) | Venice, CA, US

58th Ann Arbor Film Festival | Ann Arbor, MI, US (*Award Winner: PROCAM Best Regional Filmmaker Award)

jellyFEST Season Four | Los Angeles, CA, US (*Award Winner: Best Experimental Short; *Award Finalist: Best Picture, Best Cinematography)

Perspectives | CICA Museum | Gimpo, South Korea 

DEPTH | Science Gallery Detroit at Michigan Science Center | Detroit, MI, US