Filthy / Chastity

Lembitu 3

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Artist: Carla Castiajo
Sound: Paul Beaudoin
Where: Bathroom, Lembitu 3, Tallinn
Preliminary review: 3 June at 4 pm
Exhibition: 4 and 5 June, 4–7 pm
The bathroom is an intimate space where we execute contrasting actions and behaviors. We use this private space daily for cleaning ourselves of the impurity that accumulates by washing our bodies, hands and hair. In this space, we face the mirror where our hair can be combed and plaited or remove our unwanted hair. This intimate space is also the place where we expel our filth – our repugnant fluids and excrement.
In my recent works, my attention has focused on exploring the use and significance of human hair as a material in jewellery and art. The work’s purpose is to apply of the often ambiguous features present in hair and its potential to produce different and often opposing/contradictory meanings and reactions.
After washing your hands, you are welcome to touch the objects.
Carla Castiajo has studied and taught jewellery as a medium of expression. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden and is currently a doctoral student at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. The subject of her research is Hair: Purity or Promiscuity? Exploring Hair as a Material and its Meaning in Jewellery and Art.
She has taught at the BNU in Pakistan, the Oakham School in Britain, the ESAD in Portugal and the EKA in Estonia. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Paul Beaudoin is an internationally recognized multimedia artist.
Many thanks to Ester Kruuse / Riigi Kinnisvara AS, Prof. Mart Kalm, Tiit Rammul, Virko Kuusk, Risto Tali, Andreas Kivisild, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and with special thank to Prof. Kadri Mälk.

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