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Lara Almarcegui, Ruïnes in Nederland XIX-XXI / Ruins in the Netherlands XIX-XXI

Lara Almarcegui, »Ruïnes in Nederland XIX-XXI / Ruins in the Netherlands XIX-XXI«, 2008, Courtesy: the artist

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»Protected Wasteland (dt. Geschütztes Brachland)«
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Born 1972 in Saragossa, Spain; lives in Rotterdam.
Studied at the Escola Superior de Belas-Artes in Lisbon (Portugal), the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg (Germany), the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes (France) and other art schools.

The work of Lara Almarcegui deals with landscape and urban spaces as a cultural phenomenon. She is particularly interested in the use of excessive planning for the control of public space, which she addresses using the counterpart of landscaped public spaces: fallow land and brownfield sites. The artist meticulously explores these non-places or non-sites (as such areas are described), which she views as spaces of freedom, where anything can happen. She presents the investigation results in the form of installations, drawings and photographs, or she makes the location re-accessible through direct intervention. In 2008 in Saragossa, for example, she had some wasteland that was about to be zoned placed under protection. The same year Almarcegui published the book »Ruins in the Netherlands XIX-XXI« in 2008 (fig.).

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2008 »Colocation #6: Lara Almarcegui«, La Box, Bourges
2008 Sala Rekalde, Bilbao
2004 FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
1999 Stedelijk Museum Bureau (with Birthe Leijmeijer), Amsterdam

Projects (Selection)
2008 »Relocated Houses«, Britton's Yard, commissioned by Litmus Research Initiative, New Zealand
2005 »Removing the Floor of Room D4«, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
2000 »Opening of a Wasteland«, Container Project Nicc, Brussels

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2009 »Détruire, disent-ils«, École des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
2008 6th Taipei Biennale
2006 27th São Paulo Biennale
2004 3rd Liverpool Biennale
2000 »Scripted Spaces«, Witte de With, Rotterdam

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