Lara Almarcegui was born in 1972 in Zaragoza, Spain. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Lara Almarcegui has been developing over the course of nearly twenty years works situated at the limit between urban renewal and urban decay, that give visibility to what tends to escape general notice. On the one hand, Almarcegui focuses her attention on abandoned spaces and structures in the process of transformation; on the other she investigates the different connections that can be established between architecture and the urban order. If in the first instance she poses questions about the current state of the construction, development, use, and decay of spaces that are apparently peripheral to the city, in the second she manages to provoke a dialogue about the different elements that make up the physical reality of the urban landscape, in its constant transformation through demolitions, excavations, construction materials, and contemporary ruins.
Her works have been shown at many international exhibitions such as the Liverpool Biennial (2004), Bienal de São Paulo (2006), Bienal de Sevilla (2006), Sharjah Biennial (2007), Taipei and the Gwuangyu Biennial (2008), Atenas Biennial(2009), Manifesta (2012) and the Contour Biennial (2017). Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Gypsum at the Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2017), Mineral Rights at Gallery Ellen de Bruijne (2015), ExcavatedMaterialfromBasel at Kunsthallebaselland (2015), the Spanish Pavillion of the Venice Biennial (2013), and Men Braakliggend terrein at the Stedelijk Museum (2011), among many others.
Lara Almarcegui’s works are in numerous public and private collections including The Gypse, Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art Contemporany, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; De Ateliers Debut Series, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; MACBA, Barcelona, Spain; the Fondation La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain; the MUSAC, León, Spain; the CGAC, Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, Spain; CNAP, Paris, France; the FRAC Piémont, Turin, Italy; the Króller-Müller Museum, Otterloo, Netherlards; Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France; the FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France; the FRAC Alsace, Sélestat, France; the FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France and the Frac Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France, among others.