THE FINGER RUB RUG
May 8, 2020 - May 23, 2020
Opening: May 8, 17.00
An exhibition by Laura A Dima
In her latest work, multidisciplinary artist Laura A Dima explores touch through approximately 1,300 silicone replicas of her partner’s fingers. Human touch is at the core of who we are. Studies show that babies who are held often and touched frequently have higher scores on physical, emotional and interpersonal scales. Loving touch triggers the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the “bonding hormone.”
Replicated over and over, receptively pointing upwards, the fingers are an incredible spectacle to behold. Pushing the boundaries of space and sculpture, the artist utilises sublime erotics, sound and performance. Reach out, grasp one, don’t be shy. Often in gallery spaces strict rules prevent the viewer from actually interacting with artworks. Yet here getting intimate is actively encouraged. In this wordless, tactile encounter, what is transferred? Are a multitude of fake fingers preferable to real flesh? How far are we permitted to go with the silicon fingers of someone else’s lover?
After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2015, Laura A. Dima has been interested in how altered spaces can manipulate bodies. Utilising the language of contemporary performance art, she develops virtual bodies and identities, reimagining figures from popular or artistic culture through design, clothes and surroundings. Fetishism is a binding concept through her work, as well as the desire to explore how emotions are transferred through “dead” matter.
With the support of the Amsterdams Fonds door de Kunst