Laura Genes is an artist and currently a second year Masters of Science candidate in Art, Culture and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and educated in New York City. She studied architecture at the Cooper Union where her thesis project, “Roosevelt Island -- Site Exhaustion” won the Allen N. GoldHischer Memorial Award, recognizing the project that best explores relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principles in an urban context. As she prepares to step out of another institutional safe-zone, she is refocusing her research efforts around the site of the United States Embassy building in Havana, Cuba. Considering all built forms, temporary and permanent, on this charged site along the Malecon, she hopes to draw connections between the aesthetics of political gestures and conceptual art. As of late, Laura is considering how her artistic practice can re-engage bypassed historical details to expose sensitivities that give a face and expose the hands involved in supporting seemingly hegemonic political realities. In the summer of 2017, Laura served as the Newburgh Community Land Bank’s Artist-In-Residence, producing a public performance with artist, Stephen Kwok and a large-scale architectural installation with architect, Andrew Linn and Hudson Valley non-proHit developer, RUPCO.