Laura Horelli
1976, Helsinki. Lives and works in Berlin
In The Hidden Dimension [23] Edward T. Hall defines a number of social distances, that is to say, customary distances for different forms of communication in the Western Euraopean and American cultural sphere. Intimate distance (0 to 45 centimeters - 0 to 1 1/2 ft.) is the distance at which intense feelings are expressed: tenderness, comfort, love, and also strong anger.
Personal distance (0.45 to 1.30 meters - 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 ft.) is the conversation distance between close friends and family. An example is the distance between people at the family dinner table.
Social distance (1.30 to 3.75 meters - 4 1/2 to 12 ft.) is the distance for ordinary conversation among friends, acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, and so on. The sofa group with armchairs and a coffee table is a physical expression of this social distance.
Finally, public distance (greater than 3.75 meters - 12 ft.) is defined as the distance used in more formal situations - around public figures or in teaching situations with one-way communication or when someone wants to hear or see an event but does not wish to become involved.


Selected solo exhibitions: 2003: Barbara Weiss, Berlin; 2001: Barbara Weiss, Berlin; 2000: AIAV, Yamaguchi.
Selected group exhibitions: 2003: In 2052 Malmö will no longer be "Swedish", Rooseum, Malmö; Ill Communication, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Fallen Angels, Greene Naftali, New York; GNS Project, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 2002: Germinations 13, Bialystok, Poland/ Site, Sheffield, UK; 2001: Neue Welt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; 49a Biennale di Venezia; Arbeit Essen Angst, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen; Frankfurter Positionen, a project in public spaces, BHF-Stiftung, Frankfurt; Ars01, Kiasma, Helsinki; 1999: Cities on the Move, Kiasma, Helsinki.







Social distances, 1999/2001. Photographs, 30 x 45 cm.