Previous Exhibition

Laura Brinin —
sleepover

Jun 20 – Jun 25, 2022

About the Artist      

A week-long residency at Side Gallery is proposed to further explore components of the artist’s relational aesthetics practice. In previous work, the artist has created installations that were conducive to conversation, prompting dialogue exchange which was later removed from context and formed separate works. Documenting private conversations and removing context from isolated sentences has been a reused method of delivering snippets of dialogue by the artist, and a tool to retain the anonymity of the conversationalists. 

Within the sacred sleepover spaces of childhood and teenage memory, the artist and her closest friends would share secrets. In this memory-rich environmental recreation, bringing the attendees together for no other reason than to enjoy each other’s company and share an intimate space and experience is core to the concept of the work. The resulting dialogue is an uncontrolled, unscripted outcome, which is then used to create individual text-based works.

Referencing relational artworks by Tracey Emin, Marina Abramovic and Sophie Calle, the artist aims to create (or recreate) an environment conducive to intimacy and vulnerability; one in which visitors to the sleepover can share secrets and desires anonymously with the wider public.

About the Artist

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin (she/her)

Curator at Side Gallery | Sausage dog enthusiast | Visual Arts writer + Consultant | Multi-hyphenate | Interior design lover

Laura Brinin is a curator of contemporary art, currently facilitating the program at Side Gallery in Red Hill, Brisbane. Laura is passionate about building relationships with emerging and established creatives, as well as providing opportunities for practice development through social media, branding and identity. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane for over 10 years. During her time off, you can find her reading, travelling, or stalking dogs.