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Lazara Rosell Albear 2018
Short CV - Artist Statement - Filmography
Lazara Rosell Albear (b. 1971, Cuba) is a Cuban-Belgian artist with a cross-medical practice, ranging from the research of sound and performance to the production of events and films. Exchanges and sharing constitute the essence of her practice. Always aiming to explore and enhance our/your experimental awareness beyond the usual stereotypes, expansion at different levels, at different layers. She explores movement, migration, transformation, interactivity and its effects on the human condition. What is our place in a world we have come to take part of? The advance in technologies has brought us “new” means to work with, broadening also the traditional means of dance, music, and theater. Rather than choosing between these different media, she strives for a contrapuntal togetherness and total immersion – both on the inside and outside. The transformations of the intervals textualize the activated spaces, becoming a sensorial commentary of the intersections in the formation of subjectivities, the personal and universal, interior exterior. Questioning society and the geopolitical contemporary situation. Transgressive. Presence. Resonances. Vibrations. New worlds. Poesia.
Graduated in the year 2000 from the School of Arts KASK – Gent, Belgium, medium Film. A member of Les Ballets C. de la B in different productions since 1997. Performing in projects of Alain Platel “Iets op Bach”, Koen Augustijnen “Import/Export” and Lisi Estaras “Bolero” and “Soup”. She cofounded the Xmedia organisation MahaWorks in 2001 together with composer, guitar player and digital media artist Simschka Stein after graduating in 2000 from the School of Arts KASK – Gent, Belgium, medium Film. In 2002 she received the Bunkacho Fellowship – Japanese Ministry of Culture to study traditional Japanese dance and music; learning to play Shamisen and Sho.
From 2004-2006 she was production assistant in two productions of Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker "Hanjo" (Toshio Hosokawa) and "D'un Soir un jour". In 2011 Trancemediamix II project by Walter Verdin to collaborate with photographer Sammy Baloji (COD) on the creation of “Bare Faced” (video installation, photo series, concert/performance). Presented at the VK, Bronx and BRASS (Brussels), Kunsthaus Dresden (Germany), CAM2 Madrid (Spain) and together with her film "Yoko Osha" (2015) presented at the III Biennale Bucaramanga (Columbia). Also in 2011 received the DIVA fellowship (Danish International Visiting Artist) collaborating with musician and composer Jørgen Teller. Worked with Valerie Oka and curator by Koyo Kouoh on the performance “Untitled” for the exhibition “Body Talk” presented at WIELS, Brussels 2015. “The MacGuffin” film, a collaboration with Doris Bloom (ZA) screened at Tate Modern, London, UK, in the frame of the film series "The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen" in july 12th 2015. Artist in Residence at Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre for the entire year 2016.
Invited to present the films "Yoko Osha" and "Bare-Faced" at the conference: AFRO-CUBAN ARTISTS: A RENAISSANCE. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA in April 27th to 30th, 2016. The film “Yoko Osha” screened at Temporary Gallery - Kolhn during ART COLOGNE from 17 to 19 April 2015 part of the program Film Cologne focusing on Flanders and Brussels and at Cinema Nova, Brussels june 3th 2016 before performing her solo "unsurrounded 10.2". Screened at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center on September 10th, 2017 followed by the solo performance "unsurrounded 11". Recyclart Art Center in Brussels presented “unsurrounded 12,0” in the context of Extrafort project curated by Vincent Beekman on december 7th, 2017. Group show "Something Stronger Than Me" curated by Rita Mcbride, Willem Oorebeek, Devrim Bayar at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center (Brussels) opened September 15th through January 7th, 2018. In this evolutive context, Lazara Rosell Albear presentation "Somewhere, Somehow, Somebody" took place from October 24th to November 12th and included the premiere of her new film and second part of a trilogy "Yoko Osha: Volume II", drawings, the photo series “Finding the right Blackness” and performances of her collaboration projects 'Invisible Cities' , 'The Hi Shi Wah Killers'”, 'the art ensemble of brussels' closed the exhibition on January 7th, 2018 and the unexpected. Currently, one of the 10 artists associated to the openning/prefiguration of Kanal Pompidou (30’s Citroen Garage) New Museum in Brussels from May 2018 throughout June 2019. The film Bare-Faced screened recently August 24th at 41e Édition Du Festival De Cinéma De Douarnenez, section Salon d'Images - Essais vidéos du Congo curated by Rosa Spaliviero. On September 20th performance of “Unsurrounded” as part of the series "Raumklänge: Same, Same But Different" 2018, in cooperation with the City of Pulheim and the Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen. Programme selection by Harald Kimmig and Sara Bosquiat Temporary Gallery Koln, Germany.
Filmography – Video – Installation
One of Us - 1999 - 32'
Campos Sagrados - 2000 - 28'
Yu-"trekt - 2001 – 37'
Les Avaleurs – Slikkers – Tragones - MahaWorks - Stephane Broc (video installation)
Cronica de Sitio - 28 min - 2001
Foolish Mothers - 2001 - 17'
Talking Feet (video installation) - 2003 – 14’ MahaWorks-Lightclif Art
Humanity - 2004 - 1'
The Norway - 2006-2007 - 29'
Dark Speeches (video installation) – 2008 – 17'
Talking Feet II - 2009 – 33' MahaWorks-Lightclif Art
Labo Mina - 2010 - 15'
Who What Are You - 2010 - 24'
Soup - 2012 - 27' MahaWorks - les ballets C de la B
Epidemic: Theatre de Cholere – 2012 – 5 films (WIP Installation/Web series) MahaWorks- Novgorod
Tonight, I Love You! - 2013 – 14' MahaWorks-Lara Barçag & Gael Santisteva
The MacGuffin - 2013 -4' MahaWorks-Doris Bloom
Yoko Osha - 2015 - 41'
Bare Faced – 2015 – 23' (video installation) - 2015 MahaWorks-Sammy Baloji
Yoko Osha: Volume II - 2017 - 49'
contacts - links
Lazara RA's work is/was supported by Art Cinema OFFoff, Kunst Centrum Belgie, croxhapox art espace, De Pianofabriek, Buda Kunstencentrum, L'Espace Senghor, Les Atelier Claus, Logos Foundation, Faja Lobi cafe & B&B, L'Archiduc, SKRAEP (Dk) & The Flemish Audiovisual Fonds, SIC 2014 program (Sound Image Culture Program, Brussels), Wiels Contemporary Art Center, SOFAM