Lara Almarcegui, (Zaragoza 1972) lives and works in Rotterdam. Her work often explores neglected or overlooked sites, carefully cataloguing and highlighting each location's tendency towards entropy. Her projects have ranged from a guide to the wastelands of Amsterdam, to the display – in their raw form – of the materials used to construct the galleries in which she exhibits. In 2013, Lara blew the public's mind as Spain’s representative to the 55th Venice Biennial, where she filled the interior of the pavilion with massive piles of building rubble similar to those used by workers during its construction. Working at a time of widespread urban renewal in Europe, she has remained a champion of overlooked, forgotten sites — creating guides to cities’ wastelands and even instigating their legal protection.
Besides the Spanish pavilion, at the 55th Venice Biennial (2013), Almarcegui has participated in several Biennials, including the Liverpool Biennial (2004), the 27th São Paulo Biennial (2006), the 2nd Seville Biennial (2006), the Sharjah Biennial (2007), the Taipei and Gwuangyu Biennial in 2008, the Athens Biennial (2009) and the Maninfesta IX, Genk ( 2012). Solo exhibitions include Casino Luxemburgo ( 2016), Gemeente Museum, Den Haag ( 2015), Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel ( 2015), CREDAC, Ivry sur Seine, Musac, León (2013); CA2M, Madrid (2012), Künstlerhaus, Bremen (2012) Secession, Vienna and Ludlow 38, NY (2010), CAC, Málaga (2007), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2004) and INDEX, Estocolmo (2003).
Currently she is represented by Gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, Mor & Charpentier, Paris and Gallery Parra y Romero, Madrid.