LALU DELBRACIO UY
Lalu Delbracio (b. 1983) works with multiple media, such as photography, video, installation and performance. Interested in the historical and symbolic qualities of the materials she uses and making reference to narrative media such as theater, film and dance, she creates scenarios that invite the viewer to contemplate and question the power of storytelling and our own participation in this ritual or theatrical act. She earned an MFA in Photography from the University of the Arts London (UAL) and a BA from the University of the Republic of Uruguay (CDI). Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Copeland Gallery (London), Materia Gallery (Rome), MC2 Gallery (Milan), as well as the Pingyao Photography Festival and the Manifesta 12 side event program in Palermo, Italy. She is an educator and currently works as a professor at the University of the Arts London (UAL).
Responding to the festival theme On Progress, the installation Telón Nocturno examines our relationship with narrative, time and darkness as a symbol of mystery. In this installation of several layers of torn and patched fabric, mounted on a crossbar, Lalu presents us with a recreated or theatrical image that can remind us both of a theater backdrop, an awning weathered through time, the entrance to a cave or the vastness of the night sky. In Telón Nocturno, Lalu proposes an alternative to the linear idea of technological progress as an instrument of conquest. She invites us to enter the space of mystery and the unknown, not as something that must be conquered or deciphered, but rather as a place to be inhabited and revered.