Lara Gasparotto
at Carleton-sur-Mer


Le chant des caresses (The Song of Caresses)

Lara Gasparotto, Anthisnes, Belgium |

“Expenditure, loss, forgetting, inversion. It’s first of all that. The mists of the days after travel or celebrations. But as the images go by, something else emerges. Questions arise. Who takes care of us? What are the actions, the materials or the shadows that protect us? As if in search of a new ethics, with her own means, her camera, her pieces of chalk, her sheets, her tracing paper, Lara traces pathways, lines; makes choices. In the folds of bedding, ears of wheat, sheets of rain. Nature in all its forms. Skin, hair, stone. Lara plays with the frontier, mixes the human with its Other, shows us the care taking shape all around. Far from injunctions, lessons, she narrates. She draws, she underscores the invisible ties that form from one end to the other of our worlds. With chalk, on faces, the arms of those she loves, she adds the shadows of trees that will soon no longer exist, the light from suns that are possibly not yet shining. She creates echoes, she talks to us about ourselves, our worlds that are disappearing, but also about the possibility of creating new ones. And above all about the beauty that lives or survives in the middle of ruins.” – Eva Mancuso


Le chant des caresses (The Song of Caresses)

Lara Gasparotto (Liège, 1989) is a graduate of the École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc, in Liège. She lives and works in Anthisnes, Wallonia, Belgium. Her work has been exhibited on numerous occasions in Belgium and abroad, including at the Biennale de la Photographie de Liège, at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, at the Guandong Museum of Arts in Guangzhou, at the 3 Shadows Arts Center in Beijing, at the OCT Arts Center in Shenzhen, at the FotoMuseum Den Haag in the Hague, at the Botanique in Brussels, and at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris.

She has published five books, and occasionally works as a curator. Since 2019 she has also worked on the project African Vox, created with the museologist Basika Paola. African Vox was launched with the aim of stimulating the creation of contemporary Belgian art by inviting young Belgian and Congolese artists to reclaim their colonial history. The complex history that connects these two countries remains to this day a taboo subject on both sides of the hemisphere.