Lara Almarcegui - Basilea
with Isabel Lewis and Recetas Urbanas
In the weeks before, and during Art Basel, Lara Almarcegui will creat a large-scale installation of gravel deposits from an active quarry around Recetas Urbanas’ civic structure on the Messeplatz in Basel. ‘Growing daily in increments mirroring the average volume of gravel extracted from a Basel quarry, the work serves as an invitation to reflect on the consequences of our extractive relationship to the land.
‘Basilea aims to create awareness of the active role we, as citizenry, have to intervene and alter any given urban environment, at any individual and collective level, encouraging discussions about the use and ownership of public space.’ This project, presented by Creative Time and commissioned by Art Basel, is conceived by the artists Lara Almarcegui, Isabel Lewis and studio Recetas Urbanas. It consists out of a collectively built structure, a large-scale installation, a series of events, workshops and 'occasions'.
Location, Performances and Talks
The growing installation will be shown at the Messeplatz, Basel. With performances taking place from Monday June 11 to Sunday June 17.
On Saturday, June 16 from 15-16h, Isabel Lewis, Enrique Fontanilles, Senam Okudzeto and Elvira Dyangani Ose will be discussing the role of citizens, communities and artists in activating public spaces as part of Art Basel's Conversations program and in relation to the Messeplatz project.
Location: Auditorium, Hall 1.1
Image: Lara Almarcegui, The Gravelpits of Basel, 2018