Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre on her practice
November 27, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ana Laura López de la Torre (b. 1969, Uruguay) is an artist and writer based in London. Using the overlooked and the underrated as a starting point, her work creates visible and unexpected connections between things, people and places. Her practice unfolds slowly in time and space, and often involves bringing together disparate constituencies with common interests but conflicting agendas, exploring the local as a critical context for artistic production, with most of her work developing in and around her place of residency in Brixton (South London), where she has lived since 1995.
Ana Laura’s commissions record includes projects at the ICA, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Arts & Business, Gasworks, La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Independent Photography (now Stream), Tate Modern, Tate Britain and the South London Gallery. She works collaboratively with other artists, community organisations and people from all walks of life.
During 2008-9 Ana Laura was the holder of the Southwark Studio Residency, awarded by ACME Studios, the South London Gallery and Southwark Council, culminating with the publication of Night Time, an artist book. A recent exhibition at Gasworks presented her long-term project Do you remember Olive Morris? done in collaboration with community activist Liz Obi, Lambeth Archives and the Remembering Olive Collective.
Ana Laura graduated in 1997 with an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins College of Art & Design, and is currently undertaking a PhD at Chelsea College of Art &Design (University of the Arts, London), with a UAL scholarship award. At UAL, she is part of the Latin American Art Study Group, and a facilitator of the seminar series The Practice Exchange. Ana Laura is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, where she teaches Performed and Live Practice.