Publisher & Design: Archive Books, Berlin
Texts: Cuauhtémoc Medina, Lars Bang Larsen and Latitudes
Specs: 224 pages, colour, 21 x 27.5 cm. Black-and-white and colour illustrations. Flexicover, English.
Published by Berlin-based Archive Books, 'Lara Almarcegui. Projects 1995–2010' is the first monograph presenting an overview of the last fifteen years of Almarcegui's artistic practice.
The main part of the publication is formed by detailed documentation
of the artist’s works and publications companioned by new descriptive
texts written by the editors. These are presented in the following
sections: ‘Demolition’, ‘Excavation’, ‘Construction materials’, ‘Ruins’, ‘Wastelands’ (survey, access, and preservation).
Alongside an introductory essay by the editors of the publication, art critic, curator and art historian Cuauhtémoc Medina and the theorist and curator Lars Bang Larsen contribute texts. Medina presents a revised and updated version of a previously unpublished essay entitled ‘The beauty of open space: Lara Almarcegui and the freedom of the unplanned’.
The essay involves an analysis of the ‘aesthetic tautology’ of the
17th-century English garden – ‘a field turned into a garden which is
made to seem like a field’ – and develops a context for Almarcegui’s
work through a partial history of man’s ‘perfection’ of nature, and more
especially the concept of nature as coincidental with the origin of
Lars Bang Larsen offers an interpretation of a
single work from the artist’s ‘Construction materials’ series:
'Construction materials, City of São Paulo' (2006). Based on a talk
given by the author at the Creative Time Summit: Revolutions in Public
Space, New York, October 2009, Bang Larsen argues that “Almarcegui’s
work equips us with the hubris to reconceive of the city and evaluate
and re-organise it as a social space” (+ info...)
The publication has been possible thanks to the Fonds BKVB (Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture).