Laura Gonzalez

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19 Jan 2006

2006 Artist of the month – 1

I first encountered Pilar Albarracin’s tragicomic work on the 51st Venice Bienale. Her incisive look into the popular culture and folklore of her nation (which is also mine), together with her extraordinarily visual video, performative and photographic composititions have won her the first 2006 Artist Of The Month special mention and a firm and well-deserved nomination for the 2006 Artist Of The Year award.

As a taster, here are some images from her Video performance Bailar?© sobre tu tumba / I Will Dance on Your Grave, 2004 (with the collaboration of the dancer Andres Mar??n)

For a fuller account of her works (including a short excerpt of the video mentioned above), visit her website http://www.pilaralbarracin.com/home.htm

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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.