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The Creative Work of Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain


Eve-Lauryn Little Shell LaFountain (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, a multimedia artist, and an educator. She was born into a family of artists and grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she learned how to ride a horse instead of a bike.

Her artwork explores identity, history, Indigenous futurism, feminism, ghosts, magic, and her mixed Native American and Jewish heritage through lens based media and installations. Her mostly analog practice also includes beadwork, and live projector performances with her frequent collaborator, Jon Almaraz. Her work has been supported by many institutions, and has shown in several venues and festivals around the world, including the Venice Biennale, the Autry Museum, Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in New York, ImagineNATIVE FIlm + Media Festival, and Images Film Festival.

Eve has received support for her work from the Sundance New Frontier Labs where she was a Fellow in 2019, and received an Indigenous MacArthur Fellowship in 2018, COUSIN Collective and Cinereach,  Mike Kelley Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation. She has also been a Flaherty Fellow, and an Interactive Storyteller for Tribeca Film Institute.

In 2008 Eve earned a BA from Hampshire College, where she designed her own major in experimental film, photography, and Native American Studies. She then participated in a filmmaking fellowship at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she was recruited into the NBC Page Program in Los Angeles. In 2009, Eve became the Operations Manager of the Echo Park Film Center, a community non-profit art organization, where she continues to serve on the operational co-op, curate screenings, work as a projectionist, and teach classes to various communities. She earned an inter-school dual MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Film & Video and Photography & Media in 2014.

Eve currently teaches Experimental Filmmaking at Otis College of Art and Design, and CalArts where she is developing an online portfolio development workshop. Eve also works at CalArts as the Senior Film/Video Admissions Counselor, and as special faculty teaching alternative photographic processes and handmade filmmaking techniques. She recently moved back to Santa Fe to focus on her art practice invoking the landscape, community, and family.





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