Photo reportage from the exhibition 'a slash is a dash is a splah' by Laura Cemin at teh Draakon Gallery

January 26, 2022
Author Echo Gone Wrong

Laura Cemin’s personal exhibition a slash is a dash is a splash will be open in Draakon gallery from Wednesday, January 12, 2021. Exhibition will be open until February 5, 2022.

a slash is a dash is a splash is a scenography for a play, a training room, or perhaps a leaky text that escaped the 2 dimensions of the page.

Playing with different degrees of abstraction, Laura Cemin literally translates puns and idiomatic expressions into material objects, while simultaneously creating a new abstract language. A sequence of bodily traces, exhaled sounds and physical impressions to allow slippages away from the straight, the vertical, the controlled.

The exhibition is the latest iteration of the artist’s research on the connection between movement and language and the connotations that language attributes to simple motions. Here falling and slipping, usually associated with failure and defeat, are no longer feared or despised, but seen as possibilities to release control, embrace vulnerability and yield to the support of the earth.

Laura Cemin (1992) is an Italian performer and visual artist currently based in Helsinki, FI. She is interested in performative gestures, which can appear in different forms such as live performances, installations and writings. She holds a degree in Ballet and contemporary dance and has obtained a MFA from Umeå Art Academy (SE) in 2019. Her work as a visual artist has been presented internationally in galleries, theatres and museums, such as Norrlandsoperan (SE), Tallinn Art Hall (EE) and Kiasma (FI).

The biggest thank you to Jessie Bullivant, Mika Helin, Essi Kausalainen, Sille Kima, Kaisa Kruuse, Michael McCrea, Maarit Mustonen, Marie Raffn, Eva Volmerson, Helsingin Kiipeilykeskus, Maa-tila and Septaria Kerasil.

Exhibition by Laura Cemin
Title: a slash is a dash is a splah
Open: 12.01.-05.02.2021

Draakon Gallery, Pikk 18, Tallinn.
Mon-Fri 11.00-18.00, Sat 11.00-17.00
Photography: Anna Mari Liivrand

The exhibition is supported by supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Liviko Ltd. and Arts Promotion Center Finland.