The young Spanish artist Lara Almarcegui’s vocation is to act. She acts like an archaeologist in the urban environment, presenting another perception of space, and more particularly a concrete vision of the state of a building or a public space in transformation. Wastelands, abandoned ground, allotments, new constructions: Lara Almarcegui excavates these particular territories so as to understand their history and question the relationships that humanity holds with its architectural environment, with its towns.
In 1998, she travelled across Amsterdam and published a guide to Amsterdam’s wastelands in order to demonstrate the truly ephemeral side of our towns and their incessant movement. And when she comes a little closer to buildings, as in Brussels in 1999 where she destroyed the façade of a building layer by layer to reveal the different stages of construction, Lara Almarcegui wants to make the spectator become conscious of the transitory state that ultimately characterises all architecture. She invites us, for the time of an action, to look at what is around us with another pair of eyes.
Lara Almarcegui, invited in residence at Le Grand Café, is interested in the processes that make a town alive, with a work of meticulous experimentation laden with binary rhythms (interior/exterior, construction/deconstruction, appearance/disappearance, reversible/irreversible, fertile/sterile, private/public, inhabited/disaffected, experiment/document…).
Editorial interventions in several mediums
Collection of the artist
Slide show, texts
Les Abattoirs's collection, Toulouse, France
Born in 1972in Saragosse (Spain).
Lives and works in Rotterdam (Netherlands).