Lucia Koch

Porto Alegre, RS, 1966.
Lives and works in São Paulo, SP.

PIPA 2011 nominee.

About the artist

Studied Visual Arts at the university in Porto Alegre (Bachelor and Master degrees at UFRGS) and São Paulo (Doctorate studies at USP).

In the early 90s, Lucia Koch starts to work with temporary interventions in domestic spaces, a practice that would be later extended to art institutions and exhibitions.

From 1992 to 1996, worked in the collective project Arte Construtora, occupying houses, parks and an island in 3 brazilian cities: São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro. Each artist developed a work related to a specific site. Assuming to be influenced by the context, and taking that as a starting point. Individual authorship was eventually dissolved into collaborative actions that transformed the places.

Her works bring altered states of the place, as she explores devices that affect the ambient light of spaces, and also the viewers that experience it. Façades, skylights and windows are covered, either with perforated surfaces, translucent materials, or filters for cinema (specially designed for lighting and color corrections at movie sets), creating new layers between inside and outside, and transforming the skin of the architecture she finds and work with.

Moacir dos Anjos observes that “although the works that may be associated with the vast sphere of an ‘ambiental art’ already contain a coherent and potent set of aesthetic propositions, they do not exhaust the repertoire of poetic devices developed by Lucia Koch throughout the 2000′s, which are constantly being linked together in her work in unexpected ways. (…) A striking example of such a device is the series of photographs started in 2001, and gathered under the generic name of ‘Fundos’ “(…) She photographs the interior of cardboard boxes, that are blown up to ar architectural scale and installed as virtual extensions of the exhibition spaces. This ongoing set of images is an attempt to understand how a space is converted into a place, creating also a sort of collection of “architectural samples”, refering to projects that can be either signed or anonimous, historical or contemporary.

Participated at the Biennials of Pontevedra, Spain in 2000; (Mercosul) Porto Alegre in 1999 e 2005; Istanbul in 2003; Göteborg in 2005; São Paulo in 2006; the first Biennial of the Americas in Denver, USA, and the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, both in 2010. Some of her solo-exhibitions are Conjunto Nacional (House of Mirrors), in São Paulo, 2009; Casa Acesa (Lit up house), at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2008; Correções de Luz (Light Corrections), at Centro Universitário Mariantonia, in São Paulo, 2007; Matemática Espontânea (Spontaneous Mathematics), at Torre Malakoff in Recife, 2006; e Matemática Moderna (Modern Mathematics) at Casa Triângulo Gallery, São Paulo, 2005.

Works of the artist belong to the following collections: MAM-Museu de Arte Moderna in São Paulo; MAMAM- Museu de Arte Moderna Aloisio Magalhães in Recife; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; MAC-Museu de Arte Contemporânea of Paraná; Fundación ARCO – Spain; University of Warwick – UK.

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