Lara Almarcegui

Lara Almarcegui
Opening the empty lots to the public. Amsterdam, Brussels, Alcorcón 2000-2002By opening up an empty lot to the public, I wanted not only to question the uses of public spaces and private property, but also to reclaim a territory for the citizens: The city authorities of Amsterdam did not allow me to open up an empty lot to the public on the grounds that such an action would put the population's health at risk. In Brussels, I was able to open an empty lot for one day and whoever wanted to could walk into this space that was normally closes off under lock and key. In Alcorcón, I was able to open an empty lot for a week. It was a piece of private property normally off-limits to the public. I did not add or remove anything from the place, and during the week it was open we talked spontaneously about the past and future of the place.