Concerned with shifting landforms and land uses, Almarcegui's work reveals the evolving material qualities of natural and manmade landscapes. Her work has explored sites that are abandoned, derelict or scheduled for redevelopment such as wastelands, underground passages, ruins and construction sites, spaces that are overlooked or inaccessible. Following a site visit to Newcastle, Almarcegui began researching the Science Central redevelopment, which has been extracting coal throughout 2013. In December 2013 the artist organised tours of the site, inviting the public to see the last coal extraction before it was backfilled. These geological tours showed the coal seams and different layers of earth and rock that were removed. The Festival exhibition presented photographs from the guided tours alongside a steel mine shaft cap. The 6.4 x 6.4 x 0.6 metre structure is a medium size cap, the same as those used at Science Central to cap older vertical mine shafts; connecting together the past, present and future of the site.
Lara Almarcegui was born in Zaragoza, Spain in 1972, and lives and works in Rotterdam. She has participated in major international art events including: Spanish Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy 2013; Manifesta 9, Genk, Belgium, 2012; Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, 2010 and 2008; Athens Biennial, Greece, 2009; Moscow Biennial, Russia, 2009; Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, 2008; Sharjah Biennial, UAE, 2007; and Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil, 2006.
Curated by AV Festival. Supported by Science Central a project delivered by Newcastle Science City.
Launch: Fri 28 February 2014, 6–9pm
Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014
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