Lucia Koch's (b. 1966, Porto Alegre, Brazil) works often engage with investigations around space and its possibilities, seeking to offer ways of understanding, experiencing and inhabiting it. By establishing a dialogue between her artworks and architectonic aspects present in the space they occupy, Koch reimagines and interferes with materiality, light, textures, colors and other tangential lines.


According to critic and curator Moacir dos Anjos, the artist 'reorganizes the understanding of visual spaces [...] and establishes an interaction with the public, through negotiating with uprooting perceptions and the disconcerting effect this causes'. Using light filters and textiles, Lucia plays with light and its chromatic effects, creating tensions between the inside and the outside, transparency and opacity, thus altering the nature of space.


Since 2001, Lucia Koch has been photographing the interior of carton boxes and empty packaging in such a way that they come to resemble architectural structures. Also playing with notions of perspective, once these images are hung on a wall, they seem to allow for an extension of the space they exist in. Koch also experiments with scale, where the typically small becomes enormous and seems to become inhabitable, raising the question of what turns space into place and uproots the norms that dictate our spatial expectations and experiences.


Lucia Koch lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Recent solo shows include: Double Trouble, at Palais d’Iéna (2022), in Paris, France; PROPAGANDA, at Instituto de Arte Contemporânea de Inhotim (2021), in Brumadinho, Brazil; Casa de vento, at Casa de Vidro (2019), in São Paulo, Brazil; Uma boa ordem, at Casa Wabi (2019), in Puerto Escondido, Mexico; A longa noite, at Sesc Pompéia (2018), in São Paulo, Brazil; La Temperatura del Aire, at Fundación Caja de Burgos (2015), in Burgos, Spain. She featured in the 1st Rabat Biennial, Marocco (2019); 11th and 13th Lyon Biennale, in France (2011 and 2015); the 11th Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2013); the 27th Bienal de São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil (2006); the 2nd, 5th, and 8th editions of the Mercosul Biennial, in Porto Alegre, Brazil (1999, 2005, and 2011); the 8th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2003). Recent group shows include: Visions of Modernism, at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) (2017), in Los Angeles, USA; Cruzamentos: Contemporary Art in Brazil, at Wexner Center for the Arts (2014), in Columbus, USA. Her works are included in important institutional collections, such as: Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France; Instituto de Arte Contemporânea de Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil; Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, USA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA; and at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, in São Paulo, Brazil.






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