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Ana Laura Aláez

Basque, b. 1964

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Ana Laura Aláez

Basque, b. 1964

Biography

For Ana Laura Aláez, who represented Spain at the 2001 Venice Biennale, being an artist enables her to take charge of her own identity and independence as a woman. She came of age during the political and cultural repression of Francoist Spain. In Aláez’s words: “If I had allowed myself to listen to the people around me, I would have been imprisoned by their reality. I think my intuition told me that art could fight back against the authoritarian and institutional language. But above all, I would allow myself, as a woman, a very different role to the one that society sought to impose on me.” Aláez fights back through sculptures, installations, performances, videos, photographs, and sound pieces. She unflinchingly foregrounds a fierce femininity and unabashed sexuality, while both elevating and undermining work traditionally associated with women.

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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

For Ana Laura Aláez, who represented Spain at the 2001 Venice Biennale, being an artist enables her to take charge of her own identity and independence as a woman. She came of age during the political and cultural repression of Francoist Spain. In Aláez’s words: “If I had allowed myself to listen to the people around me, I would have been imprisoned by their reality. I think my intuition told me that art could fight back against the authoritarian and institutional language. But above all, I would allow myself, as a woman, a very different role to the one that society sought to impose on me.” Aláez fights back through sculptures, installations, performances, videos, photographs, and sound pieces. She unflinchingly foregrounds a fierce femininity and unabashed sexuality, while both elevating and undermining work traditionally associated with women.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more