Lara Almarcegui

  • Lara Almarcegui

  • Photo : Marc Domage

    Rocks of Spitsbergen, 2014

    Lettrage en vinyle sur mur
    Dimensions variables
    Presented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam et Mor-Charpentier, Paris

    Lara Almarcegui was born in 1972 in Saragosse in Spain. She lives and works in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

    The list of rocks in Rocks of Spitsbergen refers to the island´s past, when the region was shaped by the collision of tectonic plates, forming mountains, and sediments were deposited, producing rocks.

    The work comments on the ways the island territory has changed – and been changed – as a result of geological evolution and mining. The island has a long history of miningwith many attempts to extract its abundant ores. There have been drilling expeditions in the search for copper, asbestos, zinc ore, iron, gold, lead and phosphates. With estimated coal deposits of some 22 million tons, the area around Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic has two active mines, and further extraction will start soon. What will happen to the region if its rocks are extracted for minerals? The artist offers a vision of the island’s possible destruction through an exploration of its geological origins and future exploitation.

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