Director and Founder
Laboratorio Para La Ciudad
With one of the most complex and fascinating cities in the world as her playground, Gabriella directs “Laboratorio para la Ciudad”, Mexico City’s new creative think-tank and experimental space. This project came about through a personal invitation by Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera – Mexico City`s newly elected and liberal Mayor – to incorporate “Laboratorio para la Ciudad” into the city`s official structure for the next 6 years. This novel initiative will support creativity and civic innovation through the different layers of both government and social-space, intermingled. Laboratorio brings people together from different sectors and disciplines (urbanists, artists, scientists, architects, government officials, sociologists, economists et al). It also induces conversations throughout different platforms, invents and implements pilot programs, creates editorial projects plus other initiatives and strategies: all with the aim of injecting good ideas into the city`s system. In addition to directing Laboratory for the City, Gabriella is a multilingual writer, visual artist, documentary film director, cultural advisor and arts curator. She has also founded several projects such as Toxico Cultura, Cine Abierto and Laboratorio Curatorial 060, for which she has won several international awards and recognitions such as the Prince Claus Fund (Holland), First Place of the Best Art Practice Award (Italy), IMCINE National Film Grant (Mexico), plus is also a City 2.0 TED Prize grant awardee. Gabriella is a Fabrica ex alumni, a TED Senior Fellow, and an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow.