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Lazara Rosell Albear is a Cuban-Belgian artist. Dedicated to research, performance practices and production of cross-media projects, events and films. A filmmaker, drummer, dancer/performer, extended voice performer, visual artist. Always aiming to explore and enhance our/your experimental awareness beyond the usual stereotypes, expansion at different levels, at different layers. Exploring movement, migration, transformation, crossmediality, interactivity and its effects on the human condition. Striving for innovation, discovery, fusion, collaborations in touch with integrity and in service. Evolution has brought us “new” means to work with, such as computers and digital semantics, video and 3D which gives new approaches and broaden the paradigms in which we can express ourselves. But also traditional means as dance, music, theater concepts are used in contrapuntal togetherness. Using them in relational combinations creates exponential possibilities. A total immersive performance within and without.

Lazara Rosell Albear has a Masters in Audiovisual Art (medium FILM) from the K.A.S.K (Royal Academie of Fine Arts) in Ghent, Belgium, year 2000. Her projects has been called engaged, avant-gardistic, extreem, magisch-realistic soundscapes permeated with the energy of a strong presence.
Her audiovisual creations and films has been screened at different festivals in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Iceland, Italy, Columbia, Spain. She has worked with production houses Victoria, Het Muziek Lod and with dance compagnie Les Ballets C. de la B. where she performed and toured abroad as a member of three projects by: Alain Platel (Iets op Bach '97-2000), Koen Augustijnen (Import-Export 2007-2008) and Lisi Estaras (Bolero-2009 & Soup-2010). She founded the Xmedia organisation MahaWorks in 2001 together with musician/composer Eli Van de Vondel(CiCliC Records) to develop her own projects and collaborations with likeminded artists. In 2002 she received the Bunkacho Fellowship – Japanese Ministery of Culture that allowed her to study traditional japanese dance (Nihonbuyo) and music: Shamisen and Sho for a period of 6 months in Kyoto and Tokyo. She also curates DANSCAMDANSE-International Dancefilm Festival of Belgium; with it's 5 edition in 2011 in collaboration with Art Cinema OFFoff and The City of Ghent. Currently on drums, electronics, pocket trumpet, voice according to the concept: with Transsonic Knocking Down, Invisible Cities, HI-SHI Wah Killers and her solo UNSURROUNDED. Year 2011-2012 saw her collaborating with Danish enfant terrible Jorgen Teller, as she received the DIVA fellowship (Danish International Visiting Artist) playing concerts with his band Jorgen Teller & The Empty Stairs for ex at ROSKILDE 2012 & Store Vega opening for Thurston Moore).
She has also worked with Xavier Lukomsky, Dirk Verstockt, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Logos Foundation, Ontroerend Goed, Walter Verdin, Sammy Baloji (c), Sofia Hardig (sw), Olga Magieres (pl), Doris Bloom (za) and Valerie Oka (civ) performance piece at the exhibition 'Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists' curated by Koyo Kouoh at Wiels, Brussels from february 13th to May 3th 2015.

A new chapter of the collaboration project 'Bare Faced' with Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji was on view (video installation and photo series) at the exhibition Odyssées Africaines opening April 2nd until May 17.2015 at Brass – Forest, Brussels.

Film 'Yoko Osha' (2015 – 41' – HD) is now part of ARGOS Centre for Art and Media collection and distribution and screened at Temporary Gallery - Köln during ART COLOGNE from 17 to 19 April 2015 as part of the programme FILM COLOGNE focusing on Flanders and Brussels.

June 20th – Sept 20th 2015 Germany Dresden > 'Bare Faced' a collaboration with Congolese photographer Sammy Baloji at Kunsthaus Dresden – Stadtische Galerie fur Gegenwartskunst. As part of the exhibition 'Boundary Objects' (Opening june 19th with crossmedia performance July 10th)
July 10th – July 12th 2015 UK London > 'The MacGuffin' film. A collaboration with South-African artist Doris Bloom (painter/performer) will screen at TATE MODERN the film series ‘The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen’

Upcoming
- Yoko Osha and the Video Installation Bare-Faced have been selected for the Bienal Internacional de Arte en Bucaramanga DESDE AQUÍ, Colombia. opening October 3th to 30th.
www.bienaldesdeaqui.com

*The installation "Bare-Faced" part of Kunshaus Dresden "Boundary Objects" group exhibition curated by Sophie Goltz with artists Asunción Molinos Gordo, Burning Museum, Dierk Schmidt, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Jorge Satorre, Kader Attia, Lisl Ponger, Mariana Castillo Deball, Michelle Monareng, Paulo Nazareth, Peju Layiwola, Penny Siopis, Regina José Galindo, Sammy Baloji and Lazara Rosell Albear.
Opening at CA2M in Madrid (http://www.ca2m.org/es/futuras/objetos-frontera) from November 3, 2015 to February 28, 2016.

*The installation & Performance "Bare-Faced" at Incarnation(s) group exhibition. 
Une exposition sous la direction artistique d'Estelle Lecaille, à l'initiative de mòsso et en coproduction avec la Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion Sociale de Molenbeek Saint Jean -Brussels.
Vernissage le jeudi 19 novembre 2015 à 18h: performances de Patricia Barakat et Lazara Rosell Albear / Audrey Lauro / Aurélie Lierman.
Finissage le mercredi 20 janvier 2016 à 18h: soirée de projections de films de Louis Henderson, Bakary Diallo, Seydou Cissé, Olivier Dekegel et Eric Pauwels.

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

Lazara Rosell Albear – lazara@mahaworks.org
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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. Her new film project Yoko Osha was part of the SIC 2014 program (Sound Image Culture Program, Brussels) as one of the 12 selected participants with the support of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund.

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