Ana Laura Aláez
Ana Laura Aláez’s work came to public attention in Spain in the early 1990s, primarily as a result of an exhibition held in 1992 in Espai 13 of the Joan Miró Foundation, and through her work with the Madrid gallery owner Juana de Aizpuru. Throughout the last decade of the twentieth century, her work focused on the fun side of life, particularly club culture. At the beginning of her career she made stand-alone pieces, but these soon gave way to works in series. At the same time, she made photographs in which she was often the model, including a number of works produced in 1995 during an extended stay in New York. In 1997 she created a large-scale installation in the Sala Montcada of Fundación ”la Caixa”, constructing a clothing shop that occupied the entire exhibition space. In the case of Dance & Disco, a project staged at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in 2000, she transformed the exhibition room into a club that offered a series of live performances by DJs. Adopting installation as a new working method led to a qualitative leap in her work. At the same time, she started collaborating with creators in other fields, including musicians and fashion designers. Her output since 2000 has centred on a re-examination of pop culture and an attempt to define what it means to be a woman in the contemporary world. During this period her work has become more diverse; she has collaborated in the design of fashion shops, developed graphic images for musicians, and produced a range of publications. Since the late 1990s she has participated in major international exhibitions, including the Istanbul Biennial (1997) and the Venice Biennale (international section, 1999; Spanish Pavilion, 2001). She has also carried out projects at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; and in 2008 the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC) presented a major monographic exhibition of her work.
David G. Torres