Laura August

Guatemala City, GT

Laura August, PhD makes texts and exhibitions which find points of connection between our emotional lives and quotidian collaborations, and between our regional histories and landscapes. Since 2014, she has been working between Houston and Guatemala City, where she founded the exercise in convivencia named Yvonne. Her writing has been published in ArtForum, Art Lies, Artishock, Art Review, Arts + Culture Texas, Gulf Coast, and Pastelegram, among other international magazines, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. She holds a PhD in Art History and is a recipient of The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her writing about art in Central America. She was a Core Critical Studies Fellow at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 2016-2018. In 2018, she co-curated Guatemala's Paiz Biennial. Current projects include the Houston-based Mud & Blue, an unruly curatorial project about survival in disastrous places (supported by an IDEA Fund Grant), and Studio Visit, a collection of interviews with Houston artists (supported by a City of Houston Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant). In 2019-2020, she is curating citysinging (Lawndale, Houston, TX), To look at the sea is to become what one is (Radiator Arts, NYC), Las heridas también pueden teñirse de azul (Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala), Sanación Hurts (The Anderson, Richmond, VA), Yvonne writes letters to the sky (San Jacinto Community College, Houston, TX), Nostos Algos (Klein Arts + Culture, Harpersville, AL), and To Weave Blue (University of Memphis, TN). Her curatorial work is defined by living with and alongside artists, developing conversations and collaborative relationships over long spans of time, always thinking about feelings and their politics. The exhibitions she makes are born from her writing practice, which is grounded in these conversations. She works as a consultant for artists, offering coaching, editing, and strategy for holistic thriving in an economy of scarcity. In past lives, she worked as a newspaper reporter in the rural South, cleaned houses, taught group exercise classes, wrote book blurbs for a university press, directed an art gallery, and served as an adjunct art historian, wandering across Texas.