Liss LaFleur (b. TX, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans moving image, performance, queer and feminist politics, and installation art. Her work broadly explores relationships between gender, technology, and identity. She is a 2020-22 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow.
In 2018, LaFleur was awarded an Immersive Scholar grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to research the #MeToo movement and translate public data into a series of immersive videos using 3D animation and conceptual art strategies. In 2019, all of the data associated with this research was archived in the #MeToo Digital Media Collection at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
LaFleur has exhibited, lectured, and held screenings internationally, including at the TATE Modern, UK; Cannes Court Métrage, FR; Hearst Museum; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; PBS/ POV Digital; the Reykjavik Art Museum, IS; South by Southwest; Artespacio Galeria de Arte, Santiago, Chile; the Museum of Glass, US; Sister Gallery, AU; and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, South Korea. She was nominated for a Webby Award (2019), and has been a finalist for the Foundwork Art Prize (2019), Art Prize (2017), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2018), the Lumen Prize (2016), and the Edie Windsor Coding Fellowship (2019). She is a recipient of the College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship (2014), and a pupil of documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark.
LaFleur graduated with an MFA in Media Art as an Artist Fellow from Emerson College in Boston, MA, where she also founded the New England Graduate Media Symposium. From 2012 – 2013 she was a media researcher on the Ford Foundation Advancing LGBT Rights Initiative, “Out for Change: Transmedia Organizing Network” at the MIT Media Lab. She is an Associate Professor and Program Director of New Media Art in the College of Visual Art & Design at the University of North Texas, where she established the Future Feminist Lab in 2020. She is currently represented by Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas.
Liss LaFleur is a feminist artist, activist, and educator based in Texas. Her projects address issues of sexism, queer culture, protest, and telepresence. She is the recipient of a John F. Kennedy Citizen Artist Fellowship (2020-21), and an Immersive Scholar grant awarded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2018). Notable representations of her work include the TATE (London); the Reykjavik Art Museum (Iceland); Contemporary Art Museum (Houston); and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (South Korea). Liss is a Professor of New Media Art at the University of North Texas and is represented by Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas.
Photo by Steph Grant, copyright 2021