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About Ana Laura Aláez

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.

Basque, b. 1964