Swimmers tries to document what happens in the women’s changing rooms of different indoor pools. The changing room is a singular and neutral space, where a calm and trusting atmosphere is generated, which arises from sharing it with people of the same sex.
One of the aspects that makes it peculiar is the lack of distinction, the ambiguity between equals – all women are bathers from the moment we enter until the moment we leave. The stripping of our clothes means that we are not recognised in any style, nor are we framed in any social stratum to which our clothing may suggest we belong.
Thus, we find ourselves before a space where there is no distinction, but where women of all ages come together, with different interests and motivations that, were it not for their love of swimming, possibly would not share that space-time.
The purpose of the project is to observe and document what happens there with the aim of showing and preserving one of the few women-only spaces that remain in today’s society. The documentation will be carried out by means of small pinhole cameras and mini video cameras that will mimic themselves in swimming objects, in this way the intention is to document these situations in the most natural way.
Laura Palau graduated in Fine Arts from the Universitat Politècnica de València in 2015 and she developed her work in this city until 2018. From her stay in Valencia, her work was directed towards installation and photography, making this binomial her means of expression par excellence. Her work proposes a reflection that materializes in the photographic execution and takes various forms (installations, interventions, paintings and the construction of objects) to expose, and question, the excessive credibility that we deposit in the image. She currently lives and works in Berlin where she prepares her next exhibitions at GlogauAir in Berlin, Germany but also in Palma Festival Caen, France.
GloguaAir, Artist in residence program, Berlin
Edits, Centre de Documentació d’Art Valencià Contemporani Romà de la Calle. Curator: Ricard Silvestre, El Corte Ingés Colón, Valencia
Laura i Luci, FAVA 365 Residence. From 30 March to 7 April, Castellón
Sombras, Casa de cultura, from 11 December to 4 January, Valencia
PhotoEspaña, Enaire Prize. Observatory Work selected by the committee of experts. From 5 June to 31 August, Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid
Pam! Pam! 18, Observatory. Curated by: José Luis Clemente. From 2 to 27 October, Atarazanas, Valencia
XX Mostra Art Públic, Gold Machine. Curated by: Alba Braza. From 2 to 27 October, Universitat de València, Valencia.Carmen, October
PAM!17. Exhibition of Artistic Production. To see and not to be seen. Work selected by the committee of experts. From 16 to 20 May, UPV, Valencia
XIX Mostra Art Públic. Trompe-l’oeil. Curated by: Alba Braza. From 17 to 22 October, Valencia
Insitu, Russafart, 27, 28 and 29 May, Valencia
A Summer Story, Espai d’Art Ayuntamiento de Benidorm from 5 to 28 July
Foodtres Fotre’s, Festival Intramurs, Mercado Mossen Sorell, Valencia
Summerland, Boca del Calvari Museum. Curated by: Ricardo Forriols. From 19 June to 13 September, Benidorm
Pinhole/Pin Hall, El Altillo organized by Croatan, Ruzafa
La Forma del Tiempo, Mislata Cultural Centre, Curator: José Luís Cueto Lominchar
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