Luciana Lamothe (b.1975) is a visual artist working in sculpture, installation, photography, and video.
Her practice experiments with architecture as a conduit to illustrate the social values subject to the rigidity of vertical structures, in which control, patriarchal hegemony and strongly established cultural models predominate and influence ideas of gender.
Lamothe creates artworks that challenge the viewers to establish certain conditions between their bodies, the exhibition space, and the materiality of the artworks. Her sculptures are composed by vertical structures that often trigger instability and vertigo, as a metaphor of the fragility of socially established structures. In other words, Lamothe’s practice highlights the intentionality of demanding the spectator’s interaction as an essential aspect for its activation and conceptual reflection.
By testing the resistance, ductility, flexibility and hardness of construction materials, Lamothe examines their maximum possibilities to demonstrate how the scope of a transformation process can lead to a new representation. In this sense, the technique Lamothe develops to “soften” or “fragilise” the metals and woods, is a non-traditional process of transformation, since it does not resort to conventional sculptural techniques. Her sculptures can be rigorous and strong depicting masculinity, and yet flexible and soft depicting femininity, allowing a transexuality of the constitutive materials employed. And is this same ambivalence of the materials, and the way they relate to the viewer, and the architecture of the exhibition space that can become descriptive terms of value of the constructed concepts of gender, the compelling and challenging sexual politics, and the patriarchal valuation of power and control ruling our society.
Lamothe’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows worldwide including: Kunstraum Kreuzberg/ Bethanien, Berlin; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela; La Maison Rouge-Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Da Maré Museum, Rio de Janeiro; Museo del Barrio, New York; MAMBA, Buenos Aires; Fundación PROA, Buenos Aires; MNBA, Buenos Aires; Art Basel Miami Beach Meridians; and took part of 11th Lyon Biennial, Lyon; 5th Berlin Biennial, Berlin; 3rd Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo and will participate of the upcoming Vancouver Biennial (2021).
She was an Artist-in-Residence at MANA Wynwood; Art Dubai, UAE; Air Antwerp, Antwerp; Skowhegan, Maine, and was awarded with the First Prize of the Lichter Art Award, Frankfurt; the First Prize of the Itaú Cultural Award, Buenos Aires and was a 2011 fellow at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Artists Program, Buenos Aires. Lamothe is the recipient of The Pollock-Krasner Grant for Artists by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York (2019).
She lives and works in Buenos Aires.