In Between: The Warmth
2017-2020 – Inkjet print on Fine Art paper – various materials
What do you feel when you hug? The photographic series In Between: The Warmth shows two bodies embracing, close enough to sense each other’s movements, sounds, reactions. Cemin made the work through a performative act: she asked family members, friends and acquaintances to hug her for ten seconds, the default duration of her camera’s self-timer. The results are not just images, but something sculptural: they are the attempt to capture the bodily sensation of a moment of intimate exchange. The artist describes the series as ‘An exchange of flow that, as happens to every material as it reaches its melting point, slowly softens the solidity of the structure. It is a tangible sensation, different at every touch, material by material, body by body.’ In times of Covid-19, social distancing and fear of physical intimacy, this act becomes an even more valuable and precious possibility
Laura Cemin― Artist
Laura Cemin (1992) is an Italian performer and visual artist currently based in Helsinki, FI. She is interested in performative gestures, which can appear in different forms such as live performances, installations and writings. In her current work, she explores how language shapes and influences the way we move and physically interact. After having performed as a ballet dancer in the USA, she studied photography in Italy and recently obtained an MFA from Umeå Art Academy (SE). She has performed live at international festivals and her work as a visual artist has been presented internationally at galleries, theatres and museums, such as Norrlandsoperan (SE), Bildmuseet (SE) and Kiasma (FI).