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Filmmaker and visual artist Claudia Medina spent her childhood alternately inventing worlds in the backyard forests of her pulp mill hometown and listening to stories of naguales (shapeshifters) in her mother’s Mexican village. As a teenager a cousin initiated her into goth culture in her father’s home country of Italy, after which she finally fled her hometown to figure out how all of these realities fit together. Moving images seemed like the best way to try and do this, which led to making short fiction, documentary films, installations and projection designs - all guided and shaped by family stories, histories and lived experiences in cities and rural places throughout the world.
The natural landscape of the west coast kept calling, as well as a desire to explore a reconnection to ecological as well as cultural roots as the world heats up. She now lives with her four year old daughter, partner and assorted non-human animals in Powell River, BC, and continues to work with moving images in ever evolving ways. She has recently returned from a journey to the autonomous region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea to meet with and document a community relocating their village due to rising sea levels in their home atoll of the Carteret Islands.