06.05.2011 - 26.06.2011
Lara Almarcegui – Construction materials, excavations, wastelands
TENT presents the first major solo exhibition in the Netherlands by Lara Almarcegui. Since the mid-nineties, Almarcegui (Zaragoza, 1972, lives and works in Rotterdam) has developed an impressive body of works, which receives much international acclaim. In TENT, for the first time an attempt is made to reveal the great consistency of the work of Lara Almarcegui.
The guides and slide projections on derelict plots in metropolises such as London, New York and São Paulo are shown for the first time as a coherent whole in the exhibition. Pictorial accounts of the excavation of floors in Secession in Vienna and the RAI Building in Amsterdam, among others, are presented in mutual correlation. A new installation based on an exact calculation of all the building material used in the construction of TENT’s central space, takes up a large part of the exhibition space. The monumental piles of recycled demolition rubble heaped up in the gallery are a precise equivalent of the original materials of which it consists, from a pile of over 62 cubic meters of concrete to just under one cubic meter of glass.
Rotterdam-based artist Lara Almarcegui stands out with a radical combination of social engagement and conceptual methods. In the work of Almarcegui, we see both a critique of the modernist notion of progress and a reflection on the unforeseen consequences of urban development. Her research of wastelands, ruins and construction materials is linked to themes such as attention for the environment, the consequences of economic growth, the effects of how space is utilized, the slipping by of time in space, the potential of decay.
Thanks to: A.V.S. Engineering, Calduran Kalkzandsteen B.V., Drentse Recycling Maatschappij B.V., ExPoSchuim Nijmegen B.V., Heros Sluiskil, J. Luyt B.V, Maltha Glasrecycling, P. van der Kooij Schiedam, REKO Recycling Kombinatie and Fonds BKVB.
di-zo, 11-18 uur
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