Lúcia Koch

Lives and works in São Paulo.

Lúcia Koch investigates matters of space, consistently proposing new relations of scale, occupation, and materiality.  She engages with these themes through a variety of media, including installations, photographs, and videos. Koch’s practice establishes a profound dialogue with architecture, both through the way in which her work interacts with the space it occupies, respecting its physical and historical specificities, and by creating imaginary spaces from banal objects, provoking and reorienting perception. Since 2001, Koch has been photographing the interiors of empty cardboard boxes and packaging. These images appear as virtual extensions of their exhibition spaces and bring, in an unorthodox way, the artist’s research gradually closer to architecture when inquiring about processes whereby space turns into a place. On the other hand, in using light filters, fabrics, and other materials, she plays with lighting and its chromatic effects, continuously paying mind to the relationships between inside and outside, transparency, and opacity in creating unique and sensitive atmospheres.

Her work has been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Palais de Iena in Paris (2022), the Museu de Arte Contemporânea MAC-USP, São Paulo, Brazil (2021), the Instituto Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil (2021), Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro, in São Paulo, Brazil (2019), Edifício Peninsula, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2019), and the Fundación Caja de Burgos in Burgos, Spain (2015). She has participated in group exhibitions at the MAAT-Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon (2019), Portugal, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Los Angeles, USA (2017), Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus, USA (2014), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fransisco, USA (2009), MOT-Contemporary Art Museum, Tokyo (2008),  among many others. She has participated in several Biennales, including the 1st Rabat Biennial, in Morocco; the Architecture Biennial in Orleans, France;  the 11th  Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates; the 11th  Lyon Biennial in France; the 1st Aichi Triennial in Nagoya Japan; the 27th  São Paulo Biennial in Brazil; the 3rd Göteborg Biennial in Sweden; the 8th  Istanbul Biennial in Turkey.