BioLara Almarcegui was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1972 and studied Fine Arts in Cuenca (1991 - 95) and at the Ateliers 63, Amsterdam (1996 - 98). She currently lives and works in Rotterdam. The work of 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, to the display 'in their raw form' of the materials used to construct the galleries in which she exhibits. Her works are simple actions that belie the rigorous research process she undertakes to achieve them. Construction materials of Frieze Art Fair, Almarcegui's project for Frieze Art Fair, London (2006), presented a large-scale wall text documenting the range and volume of the material components of the architectural structure of the fair. The list highlighted the scale of the event as well as its transitory nature, and as such represented an alternative way of drawing attention to, and experiencing, the site of exhibition. Characteristic of her engagements with public space, Almarcegui 2003 project for INDEX, Stockholm, involved her occupation and renovation of a boat abandoned, since the 1920s, on the banks of Arsta Bay in Stockholm.
Recent Group Exhibitions2010
- “Gemeinschaft”, Kunstverein Wolfsburg.
- Taipei Biennale, ( by Tirdad Tirdad Zolghadr, Hongjohn Lin)
- “Portscapes” Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. (by Latitudes)
- “The Garden of forking paths” Akbank Sanat, Istanbul (by Claire Lerestief)
- “El ángel exterminador” Bozar, Paleis des Beaux arts, Brussels (by Fernando Castro)
- “Afuera” CCEC, Cordoba ( by Gerardo Mosquera and Rodrigo Alonso)
- “Raumsichten” Städtische Galerie Nordhorn.
- “Double Infinity” Dutch Cultural Center, Shangai (by Arthub, Van Abben Museum).
- “Radical Nature” Barbican Art Center, London. (by Francesco Manaconda)
- “Athens Splendid Isolation” 2nd Athens Biennale (by Can Sophie Rabinovitz)
- “City Mobility” Shenzhen Architecture und Urbanism Biennale.
- “Monument to transformation” Tranzit, Prague.
- “Evento” Biennale de Bordeaux. (by Didier Faustino)
- “40 Lives of One Space”. Special project 3rd Moscow Biennale.
- “Utopia and Monument” Sterische Herbst, Graz. (by Sabine Breitwieser)
- “Sloop gebouw SFF” Flux-s, Eindhoven (by Annie Fletcher)
- “The Boundary Layer”, The Prairie Art Gallery, Grand Prairie, Alberta. (by Catherine Dean)
- “Liquid Times”, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster.
- Taipei Biennial
- Gwangyu Biennial
- LIAF Arts Festival
- Svoelvaer, Sandretto Foundation
- Sharjah Art Biennial
- 27th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo
- 2nd Seville Biennial, Seville
- Momentum, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss
- Offentlig handling (Public Act)
- Lunds Konsthall, Lund
Recent Solo Exhibitions
- Secession, Vienna (2010)
- Ludlow 38, Goethe Institute New York and European Kunsthalle, Kõln. (2010)
- “Statements” , Art Basel. (with Gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam). (2010)
- “Ruins in Nederlands” The Gallery Ellen de Bruin Projects, Amsterdam (2008)
- “Bilbao Wastelands”, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2008)
- “Ruinas de Holanda”, Gallery Pepe Cobo, Madrid (2008)
- Malaga Centre of Contemporary Art, Malaga (2007)
- The FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004)
- INDEX, Stockholm (2003)