Fernanda Laguna

Fernanda Laguna (Buenos Aires, 1972) is a visual artist, writer and curator. She founded the art space and publishing imprint Belleza y Felicidad which operated between 1999 and 2008. In 2003 she opened a branch of the same gallery in the neighborhood of Villa Fiorito that is still active. In 2008 Laguna developed the project High School Visual Arts with a team of artists, also in the neighborhood of Fiorito, a project that received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and continues today.

Laguna curated more than 200 shows in various spaces and museums in Argentina and abroad, including the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niteroi (Brazil ), and the Argentine Consulate in New York (USA), among others. She has participated in the creation and organization of Periférica, the first fair for independent art spaces, in the Centro Cultural Borges. She was a founding member of the Eloísa Cartonera publishing house alongside Javier Barilaro and Washington Cucurto, and the space No hay cuchillos sin rosas; helped to open Tu rito, a space for poetry and performance; and currently runs the art space Agatha Costure. She received the Kuitca and the Foundation for Arts Initiatives grants.

Laguna has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil (two Mercosur Biennials), Ecuador (Cuenca Biennial), Colombia, Spain, Germany, Mexico and the United States. Her work has been acquired by the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires, Museum of Contemporary Art of Rosario, the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and the Pérez Museum in Miami. She has performed puppet shows and theater with Mariela Scafati and Alina Perkins, and published countless poetry chapbooks as well as the novels Me encantaría que gustes de mí (2006) and Dame pelota (2009), and a book of poetry, Control o no control, poemas 1999-2011, (2012) all through the Argentine publisher Mansalva.