Luciana Lamothe (b.1975, Mercedes, Buenos Aires). Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lamothe received her degree of Professor in Fine Arts, specialization in Sculpture, in the year 1999 at the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredon, Buenos Aires. Between 2010 and 2011 Lamothe participated in the Kuitca Scholarship at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, directed by the artist Guillermo Kuitca. In 2013 she was invited to take part in the residence Air Antwerp in Antwerp, where she developed a site-specific project. In 2007 she was artist-in-residence at Skowhegan, Maine, where she produced a body of work linked to the context of Skowhegan. In 2016 she was artist-in-residence at MANA Wynwood. During March 2019 she took part of the Artist-in-Residence program of Art Dubai, UAE.
She has exhibited in numerous shows worldwide including: Persisting Realities, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin (2019); Intérieurs sur mesure,Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris (2019);Extended Architectures, Galerie Alberta Pane, Venice (2018); Place: Contingencies of Use, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2017); Free function, Steve Turner LA, Los Angeles (2016); My Buenos Aires, La Maison Rouge-Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (2015); Nouvelles Vagues, Palais de Tokyo-Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris (2013); Doble penetración, Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires (2011); Fluiten in het donker, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2011); Arte in Loco, Da Maré Museum, Rio de Janeiro (2010); Vertical hole, Punch Gallery, Seattle; Violencias, Museo del Barrio, New York (2008).
Presentations in Biennials include: Une terrible beaute est née, 11th Lyon Biennial, Lyon; When things cast no shadows, 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin; 3rd Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo: El Espejo Enterrado and in a satellite exhibition on the occasion of the 7th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Göteborg and the upcoming edition of the Vancouver Biennial.
Recent solo exhibitions: I’m burning here, Steve Turner LA, Los Angeles (2019); Mutation, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris (2018); Ensayos de Abertura, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires (2018);Metasbilad, Prisma KH,Buenos Aires (2016); Patio de la fuente, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires (2016); Bidimensional Bisagraat Haroldo Conti Center, Buenos Aires (2015); Prueba de tensión, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires; The Function of Form, Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris, both in 2014 and Contacto at The Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, in 2013.
She participated of the Basel Cities Public Art Programin Buenos Aires curated by Cecilia Alemani in September 2018 and of the large-scale projects sector Meridian, curated by Magalí Arriola, in the 2019 edition of Art Basel.
Lamothe was awarded with the First Prize of the Lichter Art Award, Frankfurt; and the First Prize of the Itaú Cultural Award, Buenos Aires. And was a recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Grant for Artists by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, in the year 2019.
My artistic practice involves sculpture, performance, and activation. The concept of my work focuses on the dialectical relationships between construction and destruction within the same logic of operation in the construction processes.
Through my sculptures I also draw similarities between body and architecture to achieve a communion of these two elements to understand how the space interacts with them. I work with ambivalent construction materials such as iron, steel and wood that allow me to test them in terms of strength and ductility, softness and hardness to yield to the maximum of
their resistance in order to show the scope of a transformation that may lead to a new representation of the material itself.
To give account of this transformation I create unsettling participatory site-specific sculptures that can be walked through and used by the public in order to relate to them physically.
My participatory sculptures blend form and function with the purpose of generating mechanisms that can be activated by the viewer and in which a relationship can be established between them.