On December 8th opens Laura Pählapuu’s exhibition Võta mind oma jõkke (Take Me To Your River) at Narva Art Residency.
The exhibition will be open until December 28th (Wednesday – Friday 12pm-8pm and from Saturday to Sunday 12pm-6pm).
We are used to thinking about war as an abstract political phenomenon, but war is always personal. War is the most drastic force when transforming a space – it happens at a certain state, land, street, backyard, apartment, room. Idyllic landscapes become bomb holes, cities become ruins. Churches are turned into hospitals, schoolhouses an ammunition storages, living houses a headquarters. The artist has avoided to show mere violence by placing soldiers in to a public space or in a private room, she has added pathetic hollywood-kind of music and recognizable symbols from classical painting. A space where hyper-pathetic and absurd meets is put in a dialogue with a historic figure – Sadako Sasaki. She is a Japan girl, a war victim and a symbol of Hiroshima atomic bombing.
Laura Pählapuu’s exhibition deals with identifying the meanings of space and how to transform these discoveries. The artist is interested in, by using simple videographic elements how to change a formal clean room into something subordinated, lost and destroyable.
Laura Pählapuu (b.1984) is an artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. Her work has been exhibited at KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn Art Hall, Project Space März, Tartu Art House, Rael Artel Gallery, ArtDepoo and Crous-Beaux-ArtsGallery in Paris. She has worked as a scenographer at Tartu New Theatre, Theatrum, Von Krahl Theatre, Theatre NO99, Theatre Centre Vaba Lava, Helsinki City Theatre etc.
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.