On Hannah Arendt: The Concept of History
8 March – 16 April
To accompany Richard Saltoun Gallery's 'On Hannah Arendt: Eight Proposals for Exhibition', Laima draws on her multifaceted identity as a producer, musician, activist, artist, mother and teacher to create eight unique sound pieces in response to each exhibition in the programme and each chapter in Arendt's book. Titled collectively as Infinite past, infinite future and NOW, the works together engage with themes of time, culture, truth and spirituality.
Humans are Humans they stick to their truths.
Humans are Humans again and again.
Humans are Humans, the makers of Nature.
Humans are Humans disposing of their past.
Chaos and data. Chaos, and data, Chaos, and data, Sound...
On one name, mean yes.
"In the Ancient World, extraordinary events defined history with impartiality, clarity and objectivity. The shift of the Modern Age sealed history as a human-made process, where man's actions are processes that have an impact on the world, thus defining history. 'Amnesia' is about which actions have we been learning? Who are the humans that “make history”? Who are the humans that “make nature”? Who are the forgotten humans in this process? Although history and music seem linear in time and space, I find that the beauty is that they transcend time and space into a non-linear existence connecting with memory and remembrance. Amnesia (αμνησία) and Hysteria (υστερία) are Ancient Greek words that I use to play with language and sounds, inciting the power of memory and its lack."
– Laima Leyton
Rooted in the São Paulo contemporary art scene, Laima's credentials in the world of music are firmly established as one half of Mixhell alongside her husband Iggor Cavalera and for her work with Soulwax. Her last work ‘Home’ is a conceptual double album released by DEEWEE in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory that revolves around the themes of routine, power, life and death. She has performed her music in people’s own homes, creating intimate spaces for audiences to reflect upon themselves, including a performance at Richard Saltoun Gallery in early 2020. In 2021, Laima will explore opportunities where the audience can experience sound as a reflective and healing tool.
'On Hannah Arendt: The Modern Age'
11 January – 26 February 2021
Lack of is a dreamy and meditative piece inspired by the idea that science unsettles truth since it is based on doubt and mistrust. Without passing judgement on this idea, Lack of ponders the losses and gains of this ‘lack of tradition’ or ‘lack of truth’ and suggests that, ultimately, the truth sits inside each one of us.