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Lara Dâmaso (b.1996) is an artist and performer living in Zurich. Lara's central medium is the body. She explores the expressive, therapeutic and political potential of the voice. More than an enunciation tool of the intellect, its setting in motion is closely linked to that of the body; it establishes a vibratory link that is more a matter of sensitive experience than of reason. In doing so, the artist bypasses the structures of power embodied in the disciplined use of the voice. Her work exists in the form of live performances, videos, or audio works.
After several years of intensive training in ballet and contemporary dance, Dâmaso studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in the field of art and media and at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK), where she gratuated with Bachelor of Fine Arts. Her work has been presented in various institutions, off-spaces and festivals, including Masi Lugano, Zürich Moves, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Istituto Svizzero, Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, Kunsthalle Zürich, Theater Neumarkt, Cabaret Voltaire, Plymouth Rock, Kunsthalle Bern, Centre Pasqu'Art. Lara is an associate artist at Theater Gessnerallee in Zurich. In 2020 she was nominated for the Kiefer-Hablitzel Göhner Art Prize and is nominated for Plattform21 and the Swiss Performance Award 2021. As a performer she has worked with and for Jade Kuriki Olivo (Puppies Puppies), Tarren Johnson, Isabel Lewis, Nile Koetting, Nikima Jagudajev, Dora Garcia, Cally Spooner/Offshore, Debora Delmar corp. and Alicia Frankovich.