Angel Lartigue during training in human remains recovery, 2018
Angel Lartigue is an independent researcher and artist born and raised in Houston Texas. Lartigue's work explores the relationship between the body and land through the use of "putrefaction" matter as raw material. This concentration has lead them to experimenting with processes of decomposition into artworks, incorporating fungi, insects, and even odors captured during fieldwork. As a thinker, Lartigue raises questions on how the body and land are identified, the blurring of those boundaries, and how our bodies return to us from the land in form of non-human organism, spirit matter and political histories.
"As a mystic and rationalist, performer and object maker, entertainer and shaman, butch and femme, Lartigue cuts a compelling figure in culture, science, and nightlife. Encountering them is sure to make an impression, for better or worse. Even if you are encountering the deathly, musky smells of decomposition in a dark nightclub..."
- Outsmart Magazine
Designer of 2017 label book, "La ciencia avanza pero yo no" is part of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Hirsch Library rare books collection. Recommended by Italian curator, Eugenio Viola, Lartigue was accepted as honorary research fellow to artistic laboratory, SymbioticA, part of the University of Western Australia Perth for 2020. Lartigue decided to open an online shop selling forensic burial site drawings and petri dishes containing cultivated microorganisms to fund their residency to SymbioticA, they also created a crowdsource fund, some notable donors included Ron Athey, Kira O'Reilly and Nina Sellars.
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