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Lucia Koch

Lucia 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.

Lucia Koch (b. 1966, Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo. Her work has been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Museo de Arte Contemporânea do Rio Grande do Sul (MACRS) in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2022), the Instituto de Arte de Inhotim in Brumadinho, Brazil (2022), the Anton Kern Gallery in New York, USA(2020), Casa de Video 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 Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia in Lisbon (2019), Portugal, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Los Angeles, USA (2014), and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Fransisco, USA (2009), among many others. She has won the first edition of the Marcantonio Vilaça Award (2004), and has participated in several Biennales, including the 11th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, the 11th Lyon Biennial in France, the 27th São Paulo Biennial in Brazil, and the 8th Istanbul Biennial in Turkey.