Laura Arena is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, designer, and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. Arena’s work encompasses photography, video, installation, writing, and social interventions with a focus on storytelling, human rights causes, gameplay, race, and identity. She has exhibited in galleries and festivals worldwide, and has participated in events in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Arena has attended residencies and workshops in Greenland, Iceland, Romania, Hungary, Palestine, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and the United States.
Arena is the founding and current director of DE-CONSTRUKT, which hosts international and national artists through its residency program. DE-CONSTRUKT also includes a photography darkroom, studio rental and a community event space. She previously ran an art gallery called Lucky Gallery located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Arena’s work has been included in recent exhibitions, such as, Uproot at Smack Mellon, Brooklyn; Sacred Space Rituals at Fish Factory Creative Center, Stöðvarfjördur, Iceland; Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things at the New York Film Festival, New York; and Second Sundays at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn. She has recently partaken in residencies including Ilulissat Kunstmuseum Residency, Greenland; AIR Vela Straža Artist Residency, Šolta Island, Croatia; Spread Art Detroit, USA; and is currently working in both Tbilisi Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia on projects.