Temnikova & Kasela Gallery: Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour

Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour 

From Thursday, the 14th of February, Temnikova & Kasela gallery invites you to visit Laura Pählapuu's exhibition "Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour" in Müürivahe 22 space.

“In my past art projects, I have worked with the question of staging documentary. I’ve researched, how a believable confusion can be created with artistic means. 'Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour' deals with an oposite process, in a way. Here, I have taken half-accidental real documentary material and tried to add fictional qualities to it.

It is a video work, a system composed of eleven different visuals. I would call it a voice-over documentary, rooted in traditions of voyeurism. The visual material has been shot in the 18th quarter of Paris from a garret window of a house. Visually, these are distant etudes of neighboring house’s windows. For example, a woman ironing, businessmen having a roof picnic, a man with a phone walking back and forth on a balcony, a mother reading a story to a child, an old lady leaning on the edge of the balcony. The camera moves effortlessly between different floors, different rooms, and interactions, stopping briefly but in a concentrated way on each single story.

The title, 'Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour', is taken from Georges Perec `s text of the same name. I’d like to also call my video works postcards, especially since they are exhibited in a rather small format. The result is a kind of mixture of play, perception and moving image. Each individual story is part of a whole – as a chapter of a book. A book you can keep on writing endlessly. And every story is a kind of fragmentary narrative – be it a logical or arbitrary extension of the image.”

Laura Pählapuu lives and works in Tallinn. She has a BA in Scenography and an MA in Drawing from the Estonian Academy of the Arts. Pählapuu works in theatre and art fields. She has exhibited her art at Projectspace März, Tartu Art House, Tallinn Art Hall, Rael Artel Gallery, Art Depo and Crous-Beaux-Arts gallery in Paris. Pählapuu has worked as a scenographer and costume artist at Theatrum, Von Krahl theatre, NO99 theatre, Helsinki City Theatre, among others.

The work has been previously shown at the Artishok Biennial II in 2010 and first copy or it is one of the recent acquisitions of Estonian Art Museum.

We thank: Pernot Ricard Eesti, Ritums Ivanovs, Tanel Teimann, Ksenia Agarkova.

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