LARA RITOSA ROBERTS

I’m a visual and performance artist, lecturer and workshop leader showcasing my work regularly both in the UK & internationally.

Born in Croatia, I have lived and worked in South London since 1994. I obtained an MA in Fine Art (by Performace art project) from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL in 2007, and have also studied sculpture (2001 – 2004: Camberwell College of Arts) and physical theatre and corporeal mime (1995 – 1999: Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique, London & Desmond Jones School of Mime & Physical Theatre, 1995).

In my work I explore the relationship between ideology and the body with the aim of evoking a sense of fractured and displaced identity. Through my interdisciplinary practice I hope to provoke the viewing of the body as a cultural and political construct. I often refer to the visual heritage and seminal historical moments of my youth, such as socialist-realist aesthetics, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the disintegration of communism and the subsequent war in my homeland.  I’m re-appropriating the symbolic language found in the domain of public monuments, mass physical exercises and pageantry and juxtaposing it with the private and the everyday. The intended outcome is a personal narrative that raises questions around collective experience and individual encounters.

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RECENT PERFORMANCES, PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):

2019

‘Retrograde’, solo exhibition at ArtKIT, Maribor, Slovenia

Euro Yoga at the Exploding Cinema, London

2018

Museum of Contemporary Art of Istria, Pula, Croatia

2017

Uniqlo Tate Lates November, Tate Modern, London

Assembly of Disturbance festival curated by Test Department, Red Gallery, London

2016

Festival Art Stays ‘Politic(s)’, Ptuj, Slovenia

2015

INK (Istrian National Theatre), Pula, Croatia

2013

KaLibar bestiVal & Vox Feminae festival, Zadar / Zagreb Croatia

Festival City of Women, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Arterija IV – Festival of Visual Arts, Novigrad, Croatia

2012

Emergency 2012, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Bodies of Memory  directed by Fiona Templeton, Tate Britain

Whitstable Biennale 2012

Gi20 festival, National Theatre & SIRF 2o12

Big Dance 2012, Pump House Gallery, London

Suffragette Slet 2012, Construction Gallery, London

2011

Museum of Yugoslav History Belgrade, Serbia – Artist in residence

Slet 080311 – Flocking of Birds, curatorial and performance project featuring international female performance & video artists in celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day.

2010

Transformation of Narrative in the Post-colonial Era, Goldsmiths College, UCL

Yugo yoga on Motovun Triglav, live art performance during 12th Motovun Film Festival, Croatia

Crossing Boundaries, Humanities, the Arts and the Impact of Cultural Globalisation conference, video performance, Roehampton University, London

Shards of Utopia, Late at Tate Britain event curated by Cecilia Wee, Tate Britain

2009

You & Your work 7, Easton Community Centre, Bristol

Manifest of oblivion, Max Art Fest, Zagreb, Croatia

Create 09Adventures in movement festival, Arcola Theatre, London

2008

ScenePool , Camden People’s Theatre, London, UK

In the Flesh festival, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, UK

Scratch festival, BAC, London

Festival of Performing Arts, Katarina-Monumenti, Pula ,Croatia

East End Collaborations Platform, Queen Mary University London, UK