Noëmi Lakmaier was born and raised in Vienna, she now lives and works in London.
She studied for both her BA (2003) and her MA (2004) in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including We Are For You Because We Are Against Them, The LAB, Dublin, Essence, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London 2008, The Works of Others, Whitechapel Gallery Project Space, London 2006, Redundancy, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2005. In 2008 she was artist in Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London and from 2008 – 2009 she held a studio residency at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin. She has won awards and bursaries including NAN New Collaborations, the Adam Reynolds Bursary, a Fire Station Studio Award and an Arts Council England Grant For The Arts. Lakmaier has guest lectured at the University of Brighton, Brighton, the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and NCAD, Dublin.
Her work explores notions of the ‘Other’ ranging from the physical to the philosophical, the personal to the political. The individual's relationship to its surroundings, identity, and perception of self and other in contemporary society are core interests in her predominantly site-responsive, installation-based and live practice.
Her work aims to emphasize and exaggerate the relationship between object, individual and space. Through the use of everyday materials as well as her own body and the bodies of others, she constructs temporary living installations - alternative physical realities - exploring the psychological implications of power, control and insecurity, the drive to belong and succeed as well as feelings of self-doubt and otherness.
She is interested in the presence of the viewer as voyeur and how this presence can act as the catalyst that galvanizes an event and creates a tension and a divide between ‘Them’ – the passive observer - and the ‘Other’ – the objects of their gaze.