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Image: Lara Almarcegui, The Rubble Mountain, Sint-Truiden, 2005.

 * Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale *


Curator: Octavio Zaya

1 June-24 November 2013
Preview: 29-31 May 2013

55. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte
Giardini, Venice

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain
Spanish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID)
Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Lara Almarcegui to represent Spain
at the 55th Venice Biennale *

Octavio Zaya was appointed curator of the Spanish Pavilion by the Spanish
Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AECID) in October
2012. He has selected the artist Lara Almarcegui to represent Spain at the
"55. Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte".

Itziar Taboada, Director of Cultural and Scientific Relations at the AECID,
convened an Advisory Committee for Contemporary Art last June with the
objective of selecting the curator for the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice
Biennale. The committee, whose members were José Guirao (Director of Casa
Encendida, Madrid), Teresa Velázquez (Head of Exhibitions of Museum Reina
Sofia, MNCARS, Madrid), Estrella de Diego (Professor of Contemporary Art,
Universidad Complutense, Madrid), and Alberto Ruiz de Samaniego (Curator of
the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007), recommended the
selection of Octavio Zaya for the curatorship of the Spanish Pavilion.

Throughout the month of July 2012, Zaya concentrated his attention around
the work of Lara Almarcegui, whom he has chosen to develop the project that
will represent Spain at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious
events in the international arts calendar, which will be celebrating its
55th edition from the 1st of June to the 24th of November, 2013.

According to the Spanish curator, "Almarcegui has been working at the
boundary between urban regeneration and decay, and devising exhibition
projects that render visible what escapes our attention and even our
awareness. Since the mid-1990s, she has been researching and studying the
transitional spaces where the urban and the natural orders meet: the
processes of urban planning and transformation of the peripheral wastelands
of the cities brought on by economic, social, or political interests and
changes. At the same time, she has been analysing urban and architectural
landmarks and features that we hardly notice or upon which we rarely, if
ever, focus our consideration. Operating as an archeologist of the present
conducting field research, Almarcegui documents her investigations by way
of guides, maps, and brochures, in an effort to concentrate on marginal
elements or areas within the complexity of our urban reality, revealing the
connections that inform us about the relationship between our past and our
future. Likewise, in deconstructing buildings and other landmarks and
constructions, Almarcegui unravels our understanding of inhabiting, by
showing the inarticulate, bare materials of which the buildings are made,
or uncovering the products of recycling that they use and that they
themselves, in turn, end up becoming, to get us closer to the inherently
entropic nature of civilization. Ultimately, these works connect the
outdoors with the indoors, and the inside with its awareness of itself, in
a dialectical process of knowledge."

 *Lara Almarcegui*, born in Zaragoza, Spain, lives and works in Rotterdam.
She studied Fine Arts at the University of Cuenca and at De Ateliers in
Amsterdam. She has solo exhibitions in important museums and institutions
both in Spain and abroad, including MUSAC, León (2013); CA2M, Madrid
(2012); Künstlerhaus, Bremen (2012); the Secession, Vienna, and  Ludlow 38,
New York (2010); Gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2008); the
Málaga Centre of Contemporary Art, Málaga (2007); the FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
(2004); and INDEX, Stockholm (2003).  Recent group exhibitions include
9,* Genk; *TRACK,* Ghent (2012); *Radical Nature*, Barbican Art Centre,
London (2009); Athens Biennale (2009); Taipei and Gwangju Biennale (2008);
Sharjah Biennale (2007); the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006); the 2nd
Seville Biennial (2006); *(Public Act), *Lunds Konsthal, Lund (2005); and
the Liverpool Biennale (2004). Almarcegui is represented by Gallery Parra y
Romero in Madrid and Gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam.

 *Octavio Zaya,* born in the Canary Islands, Spain, is a writer, curator,
and editor living in the US since 1978. He is the Director of *Atlántica:
Journal of Art and Thought*, published by the Centro Atlántico de Arte
Moderno (CAAM), Las Palmas, Spain. He is Curator at Large for the Museum of
Contemporary Art (MUSAC) of Castilla y León, as well as Guest Curator at
CAAM. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Performa, New York, and of *NKA:
Journal of Contemporary African Art*, Duke University Press; a contributing
editor of *Flash Art*; and a regular contributor to several art
publications, including *Art Agenda*, New York, and *ART-IT*,* *Tokyo. He
was one of the curators of Documenta11, under the directorship of Okwui
Enwezor, and a curator at the 1st and 2nd Johannesburg Biennials. He has
curated over 25 exhibitions in museums such as the Centro de Arte Reina
Sofia, MNCARS, Madrid; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Helsinki City Art
Museum; MARCO, Vigo, Spain; Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark; and
Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona. He has published over 20 monographic books
and catalogues devoted to contemporary artists, including those on Cerith
Wyn Evans, Paul Pfeiffer, Shirin Neshat, Georges Adéagbo, Candice Breitz,
Yinka Shonibare, and Miki Kratsman, in addition to contributing to many
other publications.

 For more press information:
Cano Estudio (Spanish Pavillion Press Office)
 comunicacion at canoestudio.com
 +34 91 429 77 74 / + 34 646 006 330

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