International Studio Programme : April 2015

Lara Almarcegui

Artist

Lara Almarcegui

The work of Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui often explores neglected or overlooked sites, carefully cataloguing and highlighting each location's tendency towards entropy. Her projects have ranged from a guide to the wastelands of Amsterdam or London, to the display – in their raw form – of the materials used to construct the galleries in which she exhibits. Recently Lara filled the interior of the Spanish pavillion of the 55th Venice Bienniale with massive piles of building ruble similar to those used by workers during its construction. Working at a time of widespread urban renewal in Europe, she has remained a champion of overlooked, forgotten sites — creating guides for the cities’ wastelands and even instigating their legal protection. Her projects analyse the urban space thought showing the origine of the constructed and its building materials.

Recent group exhibitions include the Spanish pavilon, 55th Venice Biennial (2013); Manifesta IX, Genk, (2012), Radical Nature, Barbican Art Centre London, Shenzhen and Athens biennale (2009), Taipei and Gwuangyu Biennale in 2008, Sharjah Biennale (2007), The 27th São Paulo Biennial, San Paulo (2006), the 2nd Seville Biennial, Seville (2006), and Liverpool Biennale (2004). She has lectured in many art and architecture centers as well as Universities such as the London School of Economins, South California University, Madrid Architectural Faculty, Creative Time New York, Institut für Kunst und Architektur, Vienna, and Tate Britain in London.