Alexandra Cuesta

Alexandra Cuesta is a film, video and photo artist who lives and works between Los Angeles, California and Quito, Ecuador. Her films combine visual ethnography along with experimental traditions, and often explore construction of place and structures of time.

Her work has screened at the Viennale, Views of the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Queens Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, among others. She received the Map of Time Jury Award at the 48th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was named one of the 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment’s Avant-Garde Poll. She was recently awarded the CNC Ecuadorian National Film Grant for her first feature length work País Invisible (in progress). She has an MFA in Film and Video from CalArts and a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Despedida (Farewell)

(Alexandra Cuesta, 2013)

Shot in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, this neighborhood historically formed by cultural transition resonates with the poetry of local resident Mapkaulu Roger Nduku. Verses about endings, looking and...