April 6th – June 30th
Opening April 5th, 6pm
Lara Almarcegui convenes materials to bring awareness about a place. In her installations, the artwork is distributed between a material presentation within the exhition space and an incentive to go outside, to invest this space and to raise what remains unseen.
Invited in-residence, in Digne-les-Bains, after several tracking session, the spanish artist focused her attention on the reconfiguration site of the Bleone, the river crossing the city. Her project reinvests the construction site aimed to restore the original state of the river, after massive interventions over the last years, meant to angle the stream. Her project questions the impact of human intervention on environnement. Revealing transitional processes that are often hidden in cities, the spanish artist is giving thought to urbanistic evolution, turning construction wastes not into a poetic, but a politic element. Lara Almarcegui is used to adopt a geologist or an archelogist research protocol, provinding datas that prove to be irrational, which calcutions are impossible. Her second project is running with the collaboration of two geolists, who support her in the computation of masses from diferents minerals that compose the ground of the river Bléone, on a several kilometre area, from its source to its mouth in the river « Durance ». The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.
Lara Almarcegui is born in 1972, in Zaragoza, Spain. She lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The artist care about structures in transformation phase, questionning the actual state of construction, wear and degradation of peripheral areas, trying to bring to light elements often away from sight. Notions of property, urbanisation, transformation and territorial control are thus, put into question in her work.
Lara Almarcegui represented Spain, during the 55th Venice Biennale, in 2013 and during the Lyon Biennale in 2017. Her work has been showed during personal exhibitions in diferents institutions all over the world such as Kunsthaus Baselland, Bale (2015) ; Le CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2013) le Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch, Netherlands (2012); la Künstlerhaus Bremen, Germany (2012); TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2011); Palais de la Séces- sion, Vienna, Austria (2010); Ludlow 38, New York, United-States of America (2010); le FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2004); Le Grand Café, Saint Nazaire, France (2003).