In 2021, Gabriela García-Luna will be working on Ask the River, a project inspired by the resilience and harmony that nature holds in a time when its ecosystems are endangered. Personal experiences and observations of the Saskatchewan River are the base materials to produce animation, audio and printed works that speak of the alterations to and loss of the fragile environments of the river.
Gabriela García-Luna is a multimedia independent artist born in Mexico City who has lived and worked in Mexico, India and Canada. Garcia-Luna has been a practicing artist since 1999. She holds a degree in Graphic Design and Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico and a Masters in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Her work investigates the connections and tensions between natural and constructed spaces, those in the world and in the realm of imagination. Her multidisciplinary practice, based on photography, explores a wide range of forms, the limits of form and visual language to propose new hybrid universes. Her work includes two dimensional, sculptural and installation work
Garcia-Luna’s work has been exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Canada, India and Europe: Summa, Museo del Carmen, Mexico City (2003), Vulnerables, Galería Arte Alterno, Oaxaca, Mexico (2004), Speak/Memory, Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery, Moose Jaw, Canada (2009), MIND THE GAP! Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada & Art Gallery of Ottawa, Canada (2010-12), Pensive Space, MJM&AG, Canada (2014), Whitescapes, Estevan Art Gallery, Canada (2015), Garden of Skin, London (2018), Talking with Walls, Kashi Art Gallery, India, EDGE, Art Gallery of Regina, (2019).
García-Luna has received prizes and awards in Mexico and Canada such as First Prize in Photography in the Guadalajara, Mexico Omnilife Grand Prize (2001); First Prize in Photography in the Queretaro Libertad Third Art Contest, (2002); FONCA (National Foundation for Culture and Art Fellowship – Mexico) and Banff Centre Artist in Residency grant (2003 and 2011); Artist in Residency La Chambre Blanche QC grant FONCA and Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Quebec (2007); Independent Artist Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board 2011 and 2018; Master’s University Graduate Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan (2018-2020).
Her work is part of Global Affairs Art Collection, Canada, Saskatchewan Arts Board, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, OMNILIFE Collection and Gobierno del Estado de Querétaro, Mexico and private collections.
García-Luna is a member of CARFAC Saskatchewan, AKA Artist Run, Paved Artist Run, and REMAI Modern in Saskatchewan and of the Latin American-Canadian Arts Project Arts Organization in Ontario. Her work is represented by SLATE Fine Art Gallery, Regina, Canada and Gallery 27 and in India. She lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.