Laura Horelli, Returns, 2014, Postkartendesign
Courtesy Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin
Presented in the atrium of Badischer Kunstverein, "Returns" brings together four works by Finnish artist Laura Horelli (*1976). Though Horelli works chiefly with video, she also uses photography and text. Her works revolve around the subjects of identity, representation, and memory. The starting point for Horelli's works is her interest in historical contexts, whose alleged facticity she deliberately undermines.
In her video works "Haukka-Pala" (A-Bit-to Bite, 2009), "The Terrace" (2011), and "A Letter to Mother" (2013) presented as a trilogy in the exhibition, Horelli takes autobiography as her subject, but repeatedly embeds it within a larger social and political context. The story of the emigration of Finns to the United States is a central subject in Horelli's new installation "The Yokinen Trial" (2014). The photographs and texts presented are taken from Horelli's research into the life of August Jokinen, a Finnish communist who immigrated to the United States in 1916 and was accused of racism in a show trial in 1931.
Horelli is less interested in revealing a consistent identity than in utilising texts and images to keep her narration deliberately complex and to maintain numerous potential readings. This practice of "broadening" is precisely what allows ideas to become visible ideas which would otherwise remain concealed behind a purported reality.
Laura Horelli (b. 1976) lives and works in Berlin.
She studied fine arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki (Department of Time and Space) and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt (class of Thomas Bayrle).