Layla Curtis is an artist based in London. Her work encompasses a variety of media; she collages maps to create fictional hybrid cartographical works, creates drawings compiled of text taken from atlases, and employs technologies such as thermal imaging cameras, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and video to create drawings and trace journeys. Her most recent work, 'Antipodes' is a constantly updating online artwork which pairs webcam images from places on exact opposite sides of the globe.
In 2005 Layla Curtis was awarded an Arts Council England International Fellowship to Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. Her Antarctic work was included in solo exhibitions at Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast (2008) and New Art Gallery Walsall (2006). In 2010 she travelled to the Borneo rainforest where she lived with a nomadic hunter-gatherer tribe and made her immersive video and sound work ‘Tong Tana’, subsequently exhibited at Matt’s Gallery, London (2012). A documentary about her filmic work ‘Traceurs’, commissioned by Westminster City Council was screened at the ICA, London and later as part of London Festival of Architecture curated by the British Film Institute. Her most recent work, Antipodes (commissioned by Film Video Umbrella) was exhibited in solo exhibitions at Spacex, Exeter (2013) and Phoenix, Leicester, (2013).
Curtis received her MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art (2000) and her BA Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art (1998). Her work features in the Tate Collection, and the Government Art Collection and has been included in exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Pavilhão Lucas Nogueira Garcez-Oca, São Paulo, Brazil; RMIT, Melbourne, Australia; and Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada. Residencies include those with Art on the Underground, Turner Contemporary and AIAV, Japan.
- Artist's Website - Collaged maps, drawings and video by Layla Curtis
- Twitter Account - Tweets by layla Curtis
- Polar Wandering - Project website tracking artist's 3 month journey to Antarctica
- Antipodes - Project website pairing webcams on opposite sides of the planet
- Message in A Bottle - Project website following GPS tracked messages in bottles