Karen Lamassonne: Ruido / Noise




Edited by Simon Castets, Krist Gruijthuijsen, Laura McLean-Ferris, Emiliano Valdés. Text by Inti Guerrero, Miguel González, Maria Wills Londoño. Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König.

A central figure in the Cali and Bogotá art and film scenes of the 1970s and ’80s, Karen Lamassonne has maintained a focus on self-portraiture and depictions of intimacy across private and public spaces in her work. From the peaceful atmosphere of cool, tiled bathrooms to urban bridges and parks, Lamassonne depicts bodies in relation to their environments with an insistently erotic sensibility that, at times, has been highly politicized within male-dominated cultural spheres. Ruido / Noise, the first monograph devoted to the artist, brings together her paintings, photographs, videos, installations, and contributions to “Caliwood” cinema for the first time, providing a topography of the artist’s work amid shifting sociocultural landscapes. New essays by Inti Guererro and Maria Wills Londoño, and a new interview with Miguel González, trace Lamassonne’s career and analyze the continuing impact of her work in Colombia, the United States, and beyond.