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Lazara Rosell Albear 2021
Lazara Rosell Albear (b. 1971, Cuba) is a Cuban-Belgian artist with a cross-media practice, ranging from the research of sound and performance to the production of films, drawings, installations and events. Collaborative 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 theatre. Rather than choosing between these different media, she strives for a contrapuntal togetherness and total immersion – both on the inside and outside. Questioning society and the geopolitical contemporary situations. Transgressive. Presence. Resonances. Vibrations. New worlds. Poesia.
Graduated in the year 2000 from the Royal Academy of Arts - 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 Eli Van De Vondel 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 also to play Shamisen and Sho with Toshihiro Kineya and Naoyuki Manabe. From 2004-2006 she was production assistant in two productions of Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker “Hanjo” and “D’un Jour D’un Soir”. In 2011 Trancemediamix II project by Walter Verdin during which she collaborated with Sammy Baloji (COD) on the creation of “Bare Faced” (video installation, photo serie, concert/performance). The project was 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), Missoury University (United States), Het Bos (Antwerp). Also in 2011 she received the DIVA fellowship (Danish International Visiting Artist) to collaborate with visual artist, 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, Contemporary Art Center, 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 "Bare-Faced" was also part in November 2016 of Vietnam’s San Art Moving Image Festival “Embedded Souths” co-curated by Gabriela Salgado, Zoe Butt and Uyen Lee. The film “Yoko Osha” screened at Temporary Gallery - Cologne, Germany during ART COLOGNE from 17 to 19 April 2015 as part of the program FILM COLOGNE focusing on Flanders and in Brussels, at Cinema Nova on June 3th 2016, before performing the solo “unsurrounded 10.2"; at De Beurschouwburg, Brussels, september 22th and at CC Strombeek group exhibition "Eutopia 28" that took place from January 8th through march 8th, 2017.
The film also screened at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center on September 10th, 2017 followed by the solo performance "unsurrounded 11". Part of the group show "Something Stronger Than Me" curated by Rita Mcbride, Willem Oorebeek, Devrim Bayar at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center openned September 15th through January 7th, 2018.
The film Bare-Faced screened August 24th, 2018 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.
One of the 10 artists selected for the opening of Kanal Centre Pompidou museum Prefiguration year in Brussels - May 5th, 2018 throughout June 2019. Her solo Unsurrounded performed at Temporary Gallery, Centre for Contemporary Art, Cologne 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 September 2018 and at the Videonale17, Bonn, Germany in february 2019. In january 26th a longdurational performance took place with her project "the art ensemble of Brussels" at Kanal Centre Pompidou , Brussels. From february 13th - march 17th "noli me tangere" group exhibition curated by Tania Nasielski with artists Lazara Rosell Albear, Roger Ballen, Claude Cattelain, Pieter Declercq, Nancy Moreno, Benjamin Verhoeven at Abattoir De Bomel, CC Namur . february 18th screening "Yoko Osha: Volume II" and Lazara's choice "Face Deal" by Mary Jimenez Freeman-Morris at Visite Filmseries Festival, Het Bos, Antwerpen. February 19th - 24th screening "Yoko Osha" at Argos Program at Macro Asilo, Rome, Italy. On March 21th we opened HKW Berlin “Find the File” with Aerea Negrot voice/performance, Miguel Toro percussion and Miguel Fata sound design.
Her new film “The Fall: Re-En-Act” (23’-HD) mostly shot in Greece's Ikaria, screened at “Feast of Fools. Bruegel Rediscovered” group exhibition curated by Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eneman at The Gaasbeek Castle, Lennik from April 7th until July 28th. The Installation Bare-Faced (Film 23’-HD-loop + 4 photographs - 2015) a collaboration with Sammy Baloji (COD) was invited to participate at the exhibition “Le jour des esprits est notre nuit/The spirits' day is our night” with o.a Oier Etxeberria, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Candice Lin, Sean Lynch, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Tamar Guimaraes & Kasper Khoj at CRAC Alsace in France from june 13th until 15th september. The project "The Art Ensemble of Brussels was invited in October to celebrate the 10 years of PLOEF! organized by Indirah Osumba joined by a team of volunteers in Jette, Brussels. Performed in November with the AfroCuban collective "Black Guiris" of Ivonne Gonzalez at "Africa Is/In The Future" Festival at Cinema Nova - Point Culture, Brussels. The year 2019 ended on the 21th December with an invitation to open “La Nuit Du Solstice” at Les Ateliers Mommen before the band “Why The Eye” with her audio-visual solo performance “Unsurrounded XVII” for performer, drums, pocket trumpet, poetry, visuals, electronics. Currently editing the sound performance film of “the art ensemble of brussels” at Kanal Centre Pompidou.
2020 May 1st > Performing "Live to Tape" "Unsurrounded 2.0" at Oscillation Festival. The second edition will take place as a 3-day radio marathon over the first weekend in May (30/04 - 2/05/2020), in resonance with the International Day of Workers. A project by Q-O2 werkplaats conceived and coordinated by Julia Eckhardt, Caroline Profanter, Henry Andersen, Ludo Engels and Christel Simons. Q-O2 is a laboratory for experimental music and sound art located in Brussels. A tape of his event and her fist was released on Oct 2nd by O-O2 http://www.oscillation-festival.be/2020 . Commissioned Soundwork and Released on May 22nd on Soundcloud, UNSURROUNDED: / Soundscape from a deserted building/NOTAS DE LA QUARENTENA LIVE at Wiels" Lazara Rosell Albear, resident at WIELS in 2016, took advantage of the lockdown to record a soundscape in the WIELS building that had been vacant for several weeks. For this she used field recordings mixed with her own voice, electronic music and sound resonance experiments. You can listen to the world premiere here: https://soundcloud.com/wiels_brussels/a-soundscape-from-a-deserted-building-notas-de-la-cuarentena-live-at-wiels Invited for “De Wand” solo exhibition at Cultuurcentrum Strombeek Grimbergen from October to December 2020.
2021 “As Close as That” groupshow at MUKHA Antwerpen curated by Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eneman from January 13th to February 28th invited by NICC vzw with the publication of an edition of her ephemeral intervention "Sin Titulo / Fill'in The Blacks" 121 + 7A.P.
Woman/Flowers as part of Kriestien Daems show at Arcade Brussels from April 29th to May 29th.
Currently her new crossmedia project "Yoko Osha Chapter III or The first day is the day of the river" is on view at the group exhibition-forum “BXL UNIVERSEL II : multipli.city” at DE CENTRALE for contemporary art curated by Carine Fol and Tania Nasielski from March 25th to September 12th, 2021.
Invited to present the piece "POCKETS" with Sofia Kakouri both on Pocket Trumpets and Movements on July 7th at The eleventh edition of Trouble festival (1+1) > 2 curated by Antoine Pickels from July 7th to 11th at Thor Studio in Sint Joost and different locations indoor and outdoor in Brussels.
Bare Faced (2015) Film project collaboration with Sammy Baloji is part of the project "Never Cross the Same River Twice (Chapter 2: Transhistorical Investigations)" opening on the 12th of June until September 25, 2021 at space52, Athens, Greece curated by Kisito Assangi and Ariana Kalliga.
Performing with Audrey Lauro and Sofia Kakouri at SUMMER BUMMER FESTIVAL 2021 - August 26th at De Studio, Antwerpen
Bare Faced (2015) film collaboration with Sammy Baloji (DRC) at HANGAR (Lisbon, PT) as part of a video exhibition NEVER CROSS THE SAME RIVER TWICE Semiotics of Subjectivity - Vol 2 curated by Kisito Assangni.The program ran from November 3rd throughout November 10th, 2021.
Resonare Festival 2021 - November 20th at PLOEF!, Jette, Brussels with GEORG WISSEL, AUDREY LAURO, CHRISTOPH IRMER, CECILE BROCHE, JACQUES FOSCHIA PAULA DEFRESNE, MIKE GOYVAERTS, LAZARA ROSELL ALBEAR
The year ended with a work in the collection of the Flemish Community Collection (VGC). Celebrating MahaWorks 20 years!
Lázara Rosell Albear has works that are part of the collection of Argos, Center for Art and Media, the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kanal-Centre Pompidou and the Flemish Community Collection (VGC) .
1- “One of Us”(1999–32')
2- ”Campos Sagrados”(2000–28')
3- ”Yu-"trekt” (2001–37')
4- ”Foolish Mothers” (2001 – 17')
5- “Talking Feet” (3 monitors video installation) (2003–14’) Lightcliff Art (IS) & MahaWorks
6- ”Humanity” (2004–1')
7- “The Norway” (2006-2007–29')
8- “Dark Speeches” (9 screens video installation) (2008 – 17')
9- “Talking Feet II” (2009–33')
10- “Labo Mina” (2010–15'-Color+BW)
11- “Who What Are You” (2010–24'- BW)
12- “Soup” (2012-27') MahaWorks-les Ballets C. de la B.
13- “Epidemic: Theatre de Cholere” (2012–5 films 45’to 50’each chapter - WIP Installation/Web series) MahaWorks-Novgorod
14- “Tonight, I Love You!” (2013–14') MahaWorks-Lara Barçaq & Gael Santisteva
15- “The MacGuffin” (2013-4') MahaWorks-Doris Bloom
16- "The Tub Tube" (2014-WIP performance film - miniseries)
17- “Yoko Osha” (Making Saint-Hacerse Santo) (2015–41'-Color&BW)
18- “Bare-Faced” (video installation) (2015-23’) MahaWorks-Sammy Baloji
19- “Yoko Osha: Volume II” (2017–49’-BW)
20- “Secuestrando a Barbie/Mono No Monogatari” (2019–24-BW) MahaWorks-Aerea Negrot
21- “The Fall: Re – En – Act” (2019-21’18)
22- "La Croisière Des Pieces Détachées Non Localisèe" part1". performance by "The Art Ensemble of Brussels" at Kanal Centre Pompidou January 26th, 2019 ((2019-2020 - 49'49 - color)
23- "Yoko Osha Chapter III or The first day is the day of the river" (2005 - 2021 - 3 screens video installation - 43min - color & BW - sound - loop)
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