Lara Salmon is a performance artist whose body-based practice explores socio-historic formations of landscape. Her research takes cross-disciplinary approaches with fields such as archaeology and oceanography. She performs internationally, allowing location to attribute meaning to the work. Lara’s current practice involves site-specific performance and film relating to her inherited relationship with the mining landscape of Cyprus.
Lara’s practice is influenced by her ongoing struggle with chronic pain. Due to a condition in her legs, Lara lost the ability to move, sit or exist freely as an adolescent. In constant vigilance to pain, she is hyper-aware of her physicality. The fight to retain mobility taught her the balance of determination and patience, finding expression in the extremity and duration of her art.
Lara lives in Los Angeles, California. She has had nine solo and over thirty group exhibitions in the U.S., Cyprus, Germany, Lebanon, Morocco and Cuba. Lara has presented work at institutions such as The Wende Museum of the Cold War and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, California; as well as at SomoS Arts and The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, Germany. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Lara was awarded the Grand Prix of the 2021 Larnaca Biennale in Cyprus for her performance saline dissonance. Her work has been reviewed in Los Angeles, Berlin, Beirut and Cyprus in publications such as The Invisible Archive, Alpha News, and the Los Angeles Daily News.
In addition to her solo practice, Lara collaborated with Regina Mamou as Research for the Bermuda Triangle from 2018-2022. For more on their work together please visit: researchbermudatriangle.xyz