LARA RITOSA ROBERTS

I’m a visual and performance artist exhibiting regularly both in the UK & internationally. I often present my work under the name PK Fiskulturnik – a project I started in 2007.

Born in Croatia, I have lived and worked in South London since 1994. I obtained an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, UAL in 2007, and have also trained as a sculptor (2001 – 2004 BA Hons. Sculpture, Camberwell College of Arts) and as a physical theatre performer (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 sculpture, installation and performance, 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.

RECENT PERFORMANCES, PROJECTS & EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION):

2017

Assembly of Disturbance festival, 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 London

2011

Museum of Yugoslav History Belgrade, Serbia – lead artist in residence with Performance Klub Fiskulturnik. Supported by Reconstruction Women’s Fund & European Cultural Foundation.

Slet 080311 – Flocking of Birds, curatorial and performance project featuring international female performance & video artists in celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day. Screened 24 hours on-line and live at number of European venues including The Women’s Arts Library (MAKE) – London; ArteFacto Centro Cultural, Valencia; ‘If Not Then What’ at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.

2010

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

 

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