SPINNEREI HALLE 14 / Ground floor Spinnereistrasse 7 04279 Leipzig-Plagwitz, Sachsen, Germany
Opening: 2015/07/01 20:00
Finissage: 2015/07/01 23:00
Opening times: 20:00 - 23:00
Laure Cottin Stefanelli, Tramaine de Senna
As part of a one-month exchange between the H.I.S.K. (Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts; Ghent, Belgium) and the Spinnerei (Leipzig, Germany), two artists, Laure Cottin Stefanelli (FR) and Tramaine de Senna (US), will introduce their work.
LAURE COTTIN STEFANELLI
« As a visual artist Laure Cottin Stefanelli is dealing with very basic issues of conceptual photography and film: Where do « I » – in a philosophical and personal way – end, and where does the other start?
How can the limits be exposed, how can this dark and wild in-between zone be embraced? Which role does the camera play, is it rather receiver or producer, and if it’s something in between, how to expose that?
In that sense it is a highly contemporary practice in between the eroticism of participation and the distance of observation. »
Martin Germann, senior curator S.M.A.K, Gent, BE.
Laure Cottin Stefanelli is a French artist based in Paris and Ghent, working in film and photography.
Since 2014, she is an artist in residency in HISK, Ghent, BE. She studied literature and cinema at Paris III University and graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 2010 with honors.
She has exhibited in group shows and festivals across France, as well as in Los Angeles, Montréal, Taiwan, London, Brussels and Essen, among others.
In 2009, she was recognized as one of the laureates of the Leica Prize for her work in photography. In 2011, her film, No Blood in my body, won the prize for best short film in Écrans Documentaire, Arceuil, France.
In 2013, She was awarded the International Stipend for Young Artists in Fine Art from the Federal State of Lower Saxony and Braunschweig HBK (Germany). She is currently editing her last film : "Comme si on avait une passion".
TRAMAINE DE SENNA
As an object-maker, Tramaine de Senna is interested in the modes of how culture represents itself within the appearance of things: a “surface” as container, a migration of forms and attitudes, under which intangible histories manifest, revealing “the nature of the ambiguous presence.”^1 This involves a negotiation between assimilation, internalizing, and interpenetrating material culture; what is appropriate is imprinted, shaped, and formed.
The re-presentation of historicization is salvaged; for example, the African-American diaspora by virtue of Afro-futurism as substituted through allusions of ancient Egypt fused with space technology's aura; the aerodynamic streamlining of domestic material culture within such things as refrigerators, bras, and desk lamps brought on from the ideology of WWII’s bombs, bullets, and planes; and the mythical stereotypic images of stupidity, criminality, and laziness associated with specific ethnic groups - like Blacks and Latinos in the US - used to justify and maintain economic disparities.
1. Jan Verwoert, “Living with Ghosts.” 2007
Tramaine de Senna is an multi-media artist from California. Currently based in Ghent, Belgium. Since 2013, she has been a candidate laureate at the H.I.S.K., a post-graduate, practiced-based research institute in Belgium. She earned her M.F.A. from St. Joost in Breda and 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in 2013; a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with High Honors, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Practice with Honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004. She has exhibited in solo and group shows within Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Germany, and of course across California. Upcoming in the fall of this year, she will have a solo show at Art Center Hugo Voeten in Herentals, Belgium; and early next year will begin an artist residency to undertake a new body of ceramic works at the Europees Keramisch Werkcentrum in the Netherlands.