Lara Bongard (*1995, NL) studied Visual Arts at LUCA School of Arts, Ghent and graduated from her Master’s degree in September 2020. Her multi-disciplinary practice involves in-depth research around questions of self-identity, placelessness and cultural heritage. Through transhistorical research, she merges and fuses ancient narratives and symbolisms to create new stories and images. Her work aims to challenge our relationship to the past and acknowledge the multiplicity of stories and histories that constitute our identity. Questioning who we are and where we belong. She uses colour in word and image to deal with delicate issues and break stigmas. Her practise explores storytelling through the mediums of writing, cooking, drawing, photography, as well as textile work and embroidery.
2019/2020 - M.A. Visual Arts, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent (BE), graduated with the highest distinction.
2018/2019 - Third year of B.A. Mixed Media, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent (BE), graduated with honours.
2017 - Erasmus exchange, B.A. Textile Design, LUCA School of Arts, Ghent (BE)
2015/2018 - B.A. Visual Arts, AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch (NL)
2014/2015 - First year of B.A. Allround Styling and Design, Academie Artemis, Amsterdam (NL)
2014 - Preparation course Design at ECA, Edinburgh (UK)
2021 - Selection of LUCA Master graduates, de Markten, Brussels (BE)
2020 - Spreadmag. #02, Online Magazine Launch & Exhibition
2019 - How Soft Did You Expect This Fruit To Be?, Ghent (BE)
2019 - Synesthesia, Gouvernement, Ghent (BE)
2018 - MOMENTUM #03, DeSingel, Antwerp (BE)
2018 - Stemgeluid, Stokvishallen, Breda (NL)
2016 - Makeba, AKV St. Joost, Den Bosch (NL)
2019 - Artist residency at L’Ane Vert, Tafedna (MO)
2021 - METAL Magazine, Barcelona (ES)
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER THINGS
2020 - The Girl Who Crossed the River with a Tablecloth
2020 - Spreadmag. #02
2020 - Papercult
2019 - The In-between Place (self-published)
2019 - A Placeless Journal (self-published)
2020 - Kunst op papier in coronatijd: Pandemie Magazine & Spread Magazine, Mister Motley (NL)
NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
2020 - Nominated for the M.A. LUCA School of Arts Thesis Price
Things I’m captivated by -
What I’m reading and listening to -
In Our Time, “Bergson and Time”, BBC Radio 4, 2020.
Hirsch, M. (2012). The generation of postmemory: writing and visual culture after the Holocaust. New York: Columbia University Press.
Sholem Aleichem, Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son (1912).
Zygmunt Bauman, “From Pilgrim to Tourist” (1996), in: Stuart Hall and Paul du Gay, Questions of Cultural Identity, SAGE Publications, London, 1996, p. 18-36.
Celeste Olalquiaga, “Dust” in: Brian Dillon, Ruins, p. 32-33.
Fania Lewando, The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook (1938), translated from Yiddish by Eve Jochnowitz, Schocken Books, New York, 2015.
David G. Roskies, A Bridge of Longing: Lost Art of Yiddish Storytelling, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA, 1995.
W.G. Sebald, The Emigrants (1992), translated from German by Michael Hulse, New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, 2016.
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Collected Stories (1953), Penguin Books Ltd, London, 2011.
Amos Funkenstein, Collective Memory and Historical Consciousness, 1989, Indiana University Press, History and Memory, Vol. 1, No. 1., p. 5-26.
Mekhitar Garabedian, I am merely the place, 2013, Critical Arts: A South-North Journal of Cultural & Media Studies, Vol. 27 Issue 5, p. 606-626.
Tim Ingold, The Temporality of the Landscape, 1993, World Archaeology, Vol. 25, No. 2, Conceptions of Time and Ancient Society, p. 152–174.