Artist's book: a singular guide to contemporary ruins in Burgundy, including more than 150 architectural sites grouped by département. Each site, photographed by the artist, is accompanied by a notice.
“These ruins and abandoned buildings have no use, no function. This means that they are left open to all kinds of possibilities. At a time when every inch of land seems to be organized and used with the utmost efficiency, the existence of these blank spaces is something to be grateful for. But it is important to remember that although some of these ruins will remain standing for some time, others will be renovated, and many of them will be demolished before long. It is important to visit them before they disappear.”
This publication follows the artist's residences in Burgundy, France, organized by the Frac Bourgogne.
The work of Lara Almarcegui (born in 1972 in Zaragoza, Spain) develops outside the specific arena of art. Her praxis explores our relations with the built environment, with a preference for abandoned areas: waste land, allotments, ruined buildings and buildings being demolished, all manifestations of the territory's unconscious, which she prompts us to observe, identify, and visit. “The artist thus sheds light on the materiality and temporality which turn a constructed environment (a city, or a garden…) into a breathing ecosystem. As a result, Lara Almarcegui's projects usher in a line of thinking about order, power sharing, and the laws which govern us.” (Chloé Nicolas).