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Short CV - Artist Statement - Filmography

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
Short Bio

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” 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 - Kolhn during ART COLOGNE from 17 to 19 April 2015 as part of the program FILM COLOGNE focusing on Flanders and Brussels, at Cinema Nova, Brussels june 3th 2016, before performing the solo “unsurrounded 10.2"; at De Beurschouwburg, Brussels, september 22th and at CC Strombeek group exhibition "Eutopia 28" January 8th through march 8th, 2017. The film screened at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center on September 10th, 2017 followed by the solo performance "unsurrounded 11". Currently part of the group show "Something Stronger Than Me" curated by Rita Mcbride, Willem Oorebeek, Devrim Bayar at Wiels, Contemporary Art Center from September 15th through January 7th, 2018

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
fbpage: MahaWorks.Danscamdanse
insta: @lazara_ra

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

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