Alexandra Cuesta is a filmmaker and visual artist who combines experimental film traditions with documentary practices. She approaches her work through an improvisational and associative process. Her films and videos have screened at the New York Film Festival, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Viennale International Film Festival, Centre Pompidou, Palacio Nacional de Bellas, FIDMarseille, Habana Film Festival, International Film Festival Oberhausen, among others.
In her latest film, Territorio, Cuesta continues exploring moving-image portraiture and duration as she creates a fragmented account of her native Ecuador. Using a stationary camera, the journey starts in the ocean, continues through the mountains, and ends in the jungle, whilst and unspoken bond forms between the filmmaker and the people who are waiting to be filmed. The film was presented at MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Ecuadorian Biennial, BAFICI Film Festival in Buenos Aires, the FICValdivia International Film Festival, and received a Special Jury Award at the III Fronteira Festival Internacional Do Filme Documental E Experimental in Brasil.
While at MacDowell she began the editing process of a 16mm film project titled Camera Notes (working title) and received the news of receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.