Va Artist-in-Residence

Laura Põld and Johna Hansen
Artist Collaborative

Va Artist-in-Residence
April 5 – May 5, 2017
One-Month Residency to Prepare for “Guest”, an Interactive Performative Installation, as Part of the Exhibition “Structured Frustrations” at CC Isfahan, April 28-30, 2017

Project Description
“Guest” is an interactive performative installation and a poetical space contemplating on home – the withheld private sphere in Iran. The combination of moving wooden structures, textile, embroidery and ceramic objects is becoming a backdrop for the interactive performance lasting for three days and functioning also as a research field for the artist collaborative Johna Hansen and Laura Põld. The visitors are invited to draw a picture or share stories about their domestic scenes. The participatory artwork is gradually developing on site and collected information is being archived both in the gallery space and on the Instagram page of the event.*
* Text Courtesy of the Artists and CC Isfahan

Biography

Laura Põld (b. 1984) has an MA from the Department of Painting at the University of Tartu and a BA in Ceramics from the Estonian Academy of Arts and is now based in both Tallinn and Vienna.

Johna Hansen (b. 1982) has an MA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. She is currently living and working in Copenhagen.

Laura Põld (EE) and Johna Hansen (SE/DK), is an artist collaborative established in 2015. They realize their site-specific artistic research in performative installations, which mainly revolve around the domestic and private sphere of human communication, focusing on behavior at private social gatherings. In the collaboration, their practices in architecture and fine arts become intertwined within minimal poetical activities carried out while interacting with the audience in the gallery space. The stage with objects, structures, paintings and the interactive performance is functioning also as a research field – the same basic actions carried out in culturally distant areas may first follow a pattern of clumsy approach to the unknown. Põld and Hansen have previously exhibited together in Estonia, Denmark and Japan.