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Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Artist

Lani Maestro

For many years Lani Maestro has been concerned with questions of how we occupy space, how space occupies us, as well as how our space is occupied with and by others. This direction is inevitably affiliated with the themes of home: are we at home by belonging or as difference, that is, by way of non-­‐belonging?

Initially intellectually enigmatic but sensuously resonant, Maestro’s formally restrained work is almost (in today’s context) elegantly classical in spite of the raw emotion sometimes embodied there. Many of Maestro’s works situate places within places as a means by which to have us travel in and out of the home, inside and outside space, hoping to erode binary opposition. In this sense we might describe Maestro’s work as architecture of the body, with the proviso that the effect of such works, which emphasize passage rather than permanence, ultimately erode architecture’s claim to authority.

Maestro’ most recent collaborative exhibition, Digital Tagalog was shown at Mo_Space, Manila, 2012. Forthcoming individual exhibitions include two commissioned site-­‐specific works in Lorraine and l’Ardeche in France (2013), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manila and the Vargas Museum, Manila, 2014.

Recent solo shows include “Her rain” (she laughs) 2011, Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, “Her rain “, Centre A, in Vancouver, 2011, l’oubli de l’air (with Malcolm Goldstein), Fonderie Darling, Montreal, 2010, cine-­‐ma, Campo Santa Margherita, Venice, Italy, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, 2007, Sing Mother, Twilight Eats You, Dalhousie University Art Gallery, Halifax, 2006 and je suis toi., Eglise Saint Nicolas, Caen, commissioned by Wharf, Centre d’art contemporain de Basse-­‐Normandie in 2006.

A selection of group exhibitions include: Encounter: the Royal Academy (London)/Asia, La Salle, ICA Singapore, 2012, Points of Ellipsis, Osage Gallery, Hong Kong, 2011, Complete and Unabridged, ICA Singapore, 2011, The Limits, Kitchen‐Waterloo Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada, 2011; Sharjah Biennial, The Museum of Sharjah, UAE, 2009, Mixed Bathing World, The Beppu Project, Beppu, Japan, 2009, Tempo ao Tempo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain, 2007, Busan Biennial, Busan Museum of Art, Korea, 2004, Mind Space, Ho Am Gallery, Samsung Foundation, Seoul, Korea, 2004, Billboard Project, Goodwater Gallery, Toronto, 2003, Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai Art Museum, China, 2000, Territorios Ausentes, Casa de las Americas, Madrid, Spain, 2000, Sydney Biennial, Australia, 1998, Istanbul Biennial, Turkey, 1997, Crossings, National Gallery of Canada, 1998, Havana Biennial, Cuba, 1994, 1986, Canadian Biennial of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1989.

Lani Maestro lives and works in Canada, France and Manila.





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