Laïla Mestari

Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Fiber and Material Studies

Laïla Mestari is a Moroccan-born artist who lives and works in Montreal and Chicago. Anchored in a logic of collage and assemblage, her interdisciplinary practice examines themes around diasporic identity, cultural hybridity and displacement. Recipient of several grants and awards such as the Joan Livingstone Merit Scholarship (2021), the Irene F. Whittome Prize in Studio Arts (2017) and the Ada Lovelace Award (2016), Mestari showed her work in several group and solo projects across Canada, Sweden, Spain and the US. In 2022, she was part of the UCLA New Wight Biennial in Los Angeles, the Images Festival in Toronto and presented a solo show at Galerie 3 in Québec City. Mestari’s work is represented by Artroduction, distributed by Vidéogrpahe and is part of the CPOA Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Québec, the Art Volt Collection and the Canada Council Art Bank.