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Natalia Lassalle-Morillo is a visual artist, filmmaker, theatermaker and educator whose work reconstructs history through a transdisciplinary approach to research, form and narrative. Melding intuitive experimental ethnography, theatrical performance, and collaborations with non-professional performers, Natalia’s practice centers on excavating imagined and archived history, decentralizing canonical narratives through embodied reenactments, and challenging written history by foregrounding instead the creation of new mythologies. Her multi-platform projects explore familial and citizen relationships in the context of Caribbean collective memory and the resulting imperialist oppression that has altered generations of material and spiritual trajectories. Bringing the practice of theater into the camera, Natalia explores a methodology that creates its own decolonial rhythms. 

She has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Smithsonian, Amant Foundation, MassMoca, Fonderie Darling, and Pioneer Works. Her work is part of the KADIST collection, and she has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (Spain), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (San Juan), SeMa (Korea), Walt Disney Modular Theater (California), among other museums and site-specific venues internationally. She will participate in the 22nd VideoBrasil Biennial and the 2024 Cooper Hewitt Triennial, and upcoming presentations include solo exhibitions at Amant Foundation (New York) and Dazibao (Montréal). Natalia has an MFA in Theatre Directing from CalArts, a BFA in Theatre from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, and has taught film and performance at Bard Microcollege, CalArts and MICA.  

Natalia was born in Puerto Rico, and developed her practice nomadically in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Montréal and Berlin. She is currently based in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

any inquiries can be directed to : natalia.lassalle.m@gmail.com

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Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (b. Río Piedras, Puerto Rico) Directora de teatro , cineasta, performera, artista visual y educadora. Su trabajo integra modos documentales, autobiográficos y performáticos para decentralizar narrativas tradicionales y reimaginar nuestra historia, subconsciente e identidad individual y colectiva. Está interesada en historias que encarnan nuestra relación a narrativas ancestrales y territoriales, memorias, archivos olvidados, duelos, desarraigos y el estado continúo de “entremedio” del puertorriqueño.  Su metodología busca retar modos convencionales de presentar film y teatro, examinando como el acto presenciar performance aborda el contexto geopolítico, cosmológico y popular donde se presenta. Tiende a colaborar con actores y performeros sin entrenamiento formal en sus films, instalaciones y obras teatrales.

Recibió su BFA del Experimental Theatre Wing the New York University y su MFA en Dirección de Teatro/Film de California Institute of the Arts.  Sus obras, performances y films se han presentado en los Estados Unidos (Nueva  York, Los Angeles, Nueva Orleans y Miami) e internacionalmente en teatros, salas y museos en Corea, Alemania, España, Puerto Rico, Cuba y Québec. Su trabajo es parte de la colección de KADIST en San Francisco/Paris, y ha sido artista en residencia en el Fonderie Darling (Montréal), Miami Light Project y Miami Theatre Center (Florida), Beta-Local ( San Juan, PR) y Konvent (Cataluña). Es recipiente del Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship(2021) y de la residencia de Amant Foundation en Nueva York (2022). Sus exhibiciones y presentaciones recientes incluyen: “Retiro” en el Museo de Arte de Seúl, Corea (2019) , Beta-Local , Bayamón, Puerto Rico (2018) y el Miami Theatre Center (2017) ; [Anti] [gone] , una adaptación teatral del texto de Sophokles’ traducido por Anne Carson y presentado en el Walt Disney Modular Theatre en California (2019); “holguín, hialeah”, Oolite Arts, Miami, FL (2019); “La Ruta del Progreso”, Pública, Santurce, Puerto Rico (2018). Su trabajo ha sido apoyado por instituciones tales como el National Endowment of the Arts, Foundation of Contemporary Arts, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña y NALAC.

Natalia desarrolló su practica nomadicamente entre Puerto Rico, Nueva York, Miami, Montréal, Los Angeles y Alemania, pero actualmente está radicada en Puerto Rico.

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