Elena Khurtova & Marie Bourlanges present an interactive sound installation “Whispering Stones” inspired by a peculiar text dedicated to the star constellation of Cephea. Playing with the double etymology of Cephea as “stone” and “head”, the duo explores the fictional narratives superimposed on natural elements like stones, and attempt to give them back their own “voice”. Referring to ritual practices with healing stones found in the Cévennes region of France, Khurtova and Bourlanges experiment with touching over recreated stones, enabling them to “speak”.

Playing with the acoustic and spacious quality of the exhibition space in dialogue with the tactility of porcelain pieces, the installation will generate an immersive sound and visual experience. “Cephea’s chanting stones” is part of the fourth chapter of Khurtova & Bourlanges’ current project “the Sky is on the Earth” based on the archive of Jacques Bourlanges, connecting star constellations and land geography.

This project is made possible with the support of Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Stokroos.

Guided tour on 26th of September at 7.30 pm, the event is part of Tallinn Tuesday programme.

Event is produced by Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Supporters: French Institute, Beweship Eesti, EKA Gallery

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On 4 May at 6pm EKA Gallery is opening a new exhibition, “Are we closer now?” by Laura Cemin and Lena Schwingshandl.

“Are we closer now” takes a look at intimacy and its various forms expression. The artists explore the notions like personal space, intimacy between strangers and question how to measure closeness. They both approach the subject matter in slightly different way – Laura Cemin’s work takes a more of an analytical stance, while Lena Schwingshandl looks at the poetics of strangeness. Together they create a space for exploring physical and mental distances and observing the sometimes uncomfortable process of getting closer to another person.

Laura Cemin (1992), is a young Italian artist working on the border areas of documentation, photography and performance. In July she will receive her BA degree from Photography Department of LABA, Free Academy of Fine Arts, Brescia (Italy), after spending a semester in Estonian Academy of Arts as an Erasmus student.

Lena Schwingshandl (1994) is a young Artist born in Vienna. She is on her
third year of BA in Photography in the University of Art and Design Linz and is currently studying in the Printmaking Department of Estonian Academy of Arts as an Erasmus student.

The exhibition is open until 27 May.

Graphic design: Ran-Re Reimann

The artists and the gallery would like to thank: Andre Joosep Arming, Laura Kuusk, Laura Toots, Marko Nautras, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, EKA Printmaking Department and Photo Department.

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