Lara Almarcegui

The potential of urban waste lands

L'île de la Chèvre - A site in Chemical Valley in the process of being abandoned

Lara Almarcegui marches back and forth all over the Clochettes district in Saint-Fons on the lookout for "places of interest", "vacant lots, wasteland, buildings due for demolition; places which, because of neglect [...] are open to all sorts of possibilities". At the end of her investigations in the heart of the city, she invites the public to experiment, explore and preserve as long as possible the spaces thus reclaimed.


At LE CAP – Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons

Lara Almarcegui's project in Saint-Fons explores the situation of the "île de la Chèvre", located on the Rhône river, and its stages of development, since its arrangement in the 60s until its current abandonment. The island itself is an artifical product from the industrial activity in the Chemical Valley. Its exploitation, access and future depend on this particular and sensitive location. Lara Almarcegui's research takes shape in a publication, as well as an exhibited list of the various materials constituing the island. 


From the 18 Sept. 2017 to the 6 Jan. 2018
Opening night Friday 15 Sept. 6 pm

At LE CAP – Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons
Rue de la Rochette, 69190 Saint-Fons

Take the free shuttle from Bellecour !
Departure at 6 pm  
Return time 9 pm   
To book a space : 04 72 09 20 27


Opening hours

From Tusday to Saturday, 2 pm-6 pm
Free entry


Meet the artist Lara Almarcegui

Monday 18 Sep. 6 pm

 At LE CAP – Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons

Bike tour

Saturday 28 Oct., from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Discover Veduta projects from the Sucrière to Saint-Fons going through Oullins.


9.30 am
Meeting on the forecourt of the Mémo, Oullins
10 am
Visit of the Veduta's exhibition:
Cycle et Régénération at the Mémo, Oullins
10.45 am
Departure by bike towards Saint-Fons
11.30 am
Arrival to LE CAP - Centre d’arts plastiques
de Saint-Fons
Visit of the Veduta's exhibition:
Lara Almarcegui, l’île de la Chèvre
12.30 pm
Picnic at the Victor Basch Park
1.30 pm
Departure by bike towards La Sucrière
2.15 pm
Arrival at La Sucrière
2.30 pm
Visit of Mondes flottants at La Sucrière
3.45 pm
End of the day and sharing moment
4.30 pm
Return to Lyon


Limited number of places / Mandatory inscription
Please contact Jessica Palm | 06 35 10 12 93

Do not forget to bring...
Your bike (please contact us if loan needed)
Your own bike lock (mandatory)
Your helmet (optional)
Your picnic!

in partnership with the organisation Janus France, LE CAP - Centre d’arts plastiques de Saint-Fons and the Mémo, Oullins.



In her explorations of Saint-Fons, Lara Almarcegui will also be accompanied by LE CAP - Centre d'arts plastiques de Saint-Fons (Visual arts centre) team, which is also in Résonance of the Biennale de Lyon.

 Le Cap

Lara Almarcegui, L’île de la Chèvre – A site in Chemical Valley in the process of being abandoned, 2017 © Lara Almarcegui

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