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On 27 August at 7 PM, Vaal Gallery in Tallinn will open the exhibition of Laura Põld and Piret Karro, Shedding Skin. The exhibition project was born in joint creation of the two authors and brings together Laura Põld’s site-specific installations, drawings and ceramics and Piret Karro’s poetry, prose and photos in the format of a notebook series.

Shedding Skin refers to changing, hardening, and the need for self-creation. The dialogue between Põld and Karro took place in the context of the movement restrictions established in the course of this year’s global events. Particular focus was set on the practical issues of living arrangements and cohabitation constellations as well as the survival strategies of cultural workers.

Piret Karro’s texts are straightforward and convey Eastern European realism. She uses assertive and poignant free verse to write about intimacy and violence and the relationships between body and space, locating herself en route between Tallinn–Berlin–Budapest.

Laura Põld uses metal structures, unfired clay slabs, pencil drawings and ceramic paintings to tentatively talk about things that can be associated with ritualistic space-creation practices and the urge to somehow systematise the surrounding chaos by observing simple objects around us.

The authors invite you to spend time in the space, browse the notebooks of Piret Karro and enter the installation of Laura Põld.

Piret Karro is a poet, semiotician and journalist, whose texts have departed from themes of gender and sexuality towards assigning meaning to precarious living conditions. She has studied semiotics at the University of Tartu and gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest. From 2015 to 2018, she worked as a cultural and environmental editor at Müürileht. She has published critical reviews, poetry and prose in various cultural publications both in Estonia and abroad.

Laura Põld is an artist whose recent creative work has focused on nature and the environment. Her most favoured medium and area of study is clay and soil and the natural behaviour of materials. Põld has studied ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts, painting at the University of Tartu, and sculptural conceptions and ceramics at the University of Art and Design Linz.

Graphic design: Helmi Arrak

Special thanks to: Mihkel Lember, Tõnu Narro, Keidi Jaakson, Triin Türnpuu, Ingrid Allik, Lukas Eggerth, Kirsika Kolga, Helmi Arrak, the Ceramics Department of the Estonian Academy of Arts, the Department of Sculptural Conceptions and Ceramics of the University of Art and Design Linz, Tiina Määrmann and Vaal Gallery, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

The exhibition is included in Tallinn Music Week’s Tallinn Thursday Gallery Night programme. The exhibition is open until 10th of October.

Gallery name: Vaal galerii

Address: Tartu maantee 80d, Tallinn

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 12:00 - 18:00, Sat 12:00 - 16:00

Open: 27.08.2020 - 10.10.2020