Laura Cristin




A MARE in Berlin

Category : around the world, performance Jun 15th, 2019

Laura Cristin at the opening of Biennale di Venezia #58, May 11th 2019, upper left : detail of “Muro di Berlino” oil and collage behind glass, cm 62 x 88, 1990.

Laura Cristin at the opening of Biennale di Venezia #58, May 11th 2019, upper left : detail of “Muro di Berlino” oil and collage behind glass, cm 62 x 88, 1990.

Around the Summer Solstice, from 20 to 25 June, I will be in Berlin to continue “E il naufragar m’è dolce in questo infinito amare”. A series of impromptu will be made for the 30 years after the Fall of the Wall. I will flag Waves of memory/a sort of re-created sea along the once border-wall at Brandenburger Tor and around, to involve London Biennale friends and passers-by.

Sweet Overseas Shipwreck

Category : around the world, mailart, performance May 1st, 2019

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On the 3rd and /or 5th May, Sheren will be in Milan, for a impromptu in Piazza Duomo and/or in a shared garden of Isola, for a wave of good luck at the marriage of Kika and Antonello.
Saturday, May 11th , in Venice, on the occasion of the Biennale # 58 opening, at 1:00 pm Sheren will be with Peter Kuestermann along the Adria-side in front of Giardini, to re-create an a-mare to which to entrust our hopes and fears, and those of the refugees who have eventfully crossed the Mediterranean. From 16:00, the action will move to the 7th sestiere of Mestre, in via Cavallotti 83/B for “Checkpoint”, a parallel event of the Venice Biennale curated by Giancarlo and Giulia Da Lio.
The performances of Laura Cristin Sheren are also part of London Biennale 2019.

Life and love are multi-faceted diamonds where good and evil and a thousand other shades form a single pearl. The world of the Sirens, with its aquatic and earthly contradictions, bears witness to this. Sheren, who from a long time practiced that imaginary, with the arms and baggage of the art/life, in 2019 is particularly inspired, 200 years after its writing, by “e il naufragar m’è dolce in questo mare”, which concludes, with admirable and fluctuating opening, “L’Infinito” by Giacomo Leopardi.
That verse seems all right to be re-lived with engaging waves embracing memories, dreams and fears, personal and collective.
Full text/proposal. The first performance on the theme will be in MILAN, on the 3rd and/or 5th May (piazza Duomo and/or shared garden of Isola) for the marriage of Kika and Antonello, with the unfolding of an auspicious free wave that will flag and wrap without forcing.
The following Saturday, which is May 11th and coincides with the Biennale #58 opening, Sheren will decline Leopardi’s verse in VENICE: at 13:00, along the Adria-side in front of Giardini. Then the action will move to “Checkpoint”, parallel event of 7° sestiere, care of Giancarlo and Giulia Da Lio, in Mestre, via Cavallotti 83/B, from 16:00. Together with Peter Kuestermann and the (mail) artists or passers by wishing to participate, a bridge will be created , with the hopes and fears of those who eventfully have crossed the Mediterranean. It will give the chance to recite a ‘de profundis’ of the value ​of the Western civilization (?) buried in the sea-cemetery together with the castaways who did not make it, but also a small attempt to restore a bit of humanity in consciences.
Peter Kuestermann will bring the messages-in-the-bottles entrusted to him by refugees in Germany who have managed to save (at least physically) their lives and now wishing to leave their thoughts to the big sea of love that has not swallowed them.
In the re-created waves, everyone can immerse themselves, reflect and deliver to the sea, even only a yearning for hope. For those who prefer the ancient art of writing, Sheren will provide ‘blank messages’ to be completed and put into bottles collected around the world, which will be returned in the five continents.
P.S. The performance of Laura Cristin Sheren are also part of London Biennale 2019.

SHEren in A MARE

Category : around the world, exhibitions Mar 8th, 2019

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On Saturday March 9th, 2019, “SHirEn sitting” will take part in the collective exhibition “My Planet” cured by NonSoloBlu in Monfalcone (Gorizia). Opening is at 18:30 in Palazzetto Veneto, via S. Ambrogio, second floor. The exhibition that aims to raise awareness on the theme of sea pollution will last until March 23rd.
“SHirEn sitting participated in ”Carnevale in tela” by Endas c/o the Municipality of Monfalcone from February 21st till March 5th.

A MARE in London (and around)

Category : around the world, exhibitions, mailart, performance Jan 27th, 2019

Clockwise: a long/involving wave for Field Study Gathering at Tate Britain 5JAN2019; installation “memORiA di Sheren” in Pinacoteca of Gaeta; another picture from A MARE in London; card for London Biennale 2019; images from “Myself box” for microbo.net of Milan; further picture of A MARE involving Nat Fonnesu

Clockwise: a long/involving wave for Field Study Gathering at Tate Britain 5JAN2019; installation “memORiA di Sheren” in Pinacoteca of Gaeta; another picture from A MARE in London; card for London Biennale 2019; images from “Myself box” for microbo.net of Milan; further picture of A MARE involving Nat Fonnesu


On January 5th, 2019, in LONDON, I participated in the 25th Field Study Gathering by David Della Fiora, at Tate Britain nearby gARTen. Then, in the following days I took the chance of developing several art/life WAVes, one of which for London Biennale.
At the same time, my installation “memORiA di Sheren” took part in GAETA ‘s XXX edition of Porticato Gaetano.
On Sunday, January 27th, in MILAN, a “Myself box” of mine was exhibited at Wunderkammern effimere in via Giovanola 19/c. The e-book can be seen at https://www.microbo.net/2018/10/laura-cristin/

LaCura for ‘Xmas 2018

Category : around the world, exhibitions, mailart, performance Dec 19th, 2018


Exactly one month before Christmas a group of friends-artists-and-not wishing to share their humanity and their art/life, met in Laura Cristin’s studio in Bagnaria Arsa, not far from the star shaped city of Palmanova. Early in the afternoon “LaCura”was performed, in the homonymous track composed by Dario Della Rossa for “Healing in London” at the Kingsley Hall (9th September 2017 for Loonies Fest).
“LaCura” is dedicated to Franco Basaglia, Letizia Comba, Angela Fumis and Tiziana Baracchi and to the many who passed away/were not physically present but are still in our heART. Their presence was tangible in the gratitude of the ones who have had the privilege to share part of their journay in life with them.
Video by Maurizio Follin.

Mermaid table for #ILMAREAPALMANOVA

Category : around the world, uncategorized Sep 1st, 2018

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Saturday 8 September, in Piazza Grande in Palmanova, I will participate – with the Tavola delle Sirene – in “Il Mare a Palmanova”, dinner in blue for the 40 years of the law 180, co-organized by Consorzio Il Mosaico and the City of Palmanova, in collaboration with creaa, A+AUD and with the patronage of the Healthcare Company 2, Bassa Friulana, Isontina.
It will be an opportunity to dine with friends on the same or other wavelengths, sharing the experiences related to the direct attendance of the years of Basaglia in Gorizia between 1966 and 1972, to relive and cultivate again, with joy and gratitude, the imprinting of freedom that still animates Sheren’s art/life journey.
Fb page:https://www.facebook.com/events/649109105467383/

En/chantment by Sheren at Synesthesia of Mondolfo

Category : around the world, performance Jul 29th, 2018

"Nascita di Venere..1484 è 2018", cm 9,5x25,5 was painted by Laura Cristin in February 2018 on a little board - rescued from the wood-shed - that had served to test the marine colours (in the Nineties) for bigger paintings. The self-portrait on the left is taken from a photo of the performance "Healing in London" at   the Kingsley Hall (September 2017) set in the atmosphere of the birth of Venus painted by Botticelli in 1484.

“Nascita di Venere..1484 è 2018″, cm 9,5×25,5 was painted by Laura Cristin in February 2018 on a little board – rescued from the wood-shed – that had served to test the marine colours (in the Nineties) for bigger paintings. The self-portrait on the left is taken from a photo of the performance “Healing in London” at the Kingsley Hall (September 2017) set in the atmosphere of the birth of Venus painted by Botticelli in 1484.


On Friday, August 3rd, at Synesthesia Festival in Mondolfo (PU), la Notte Bianca will take place from 7 pm till 2 am. Sheren will recreate a living and participatory installation starting with a metaphorical sea as an open space to navigate in the waves of Love. Starting from the sunset, Sheren’s fluctuating and collaborative presence/installation will take shape and life. One can contribute to the en/chantment by shaking, for example, sachets of sugar like sticks-of-rain, wetting the feet, sharing something Sherenesque or in other sensitive ways suggested by free imagination. At times, SherenaDa (in mp3) by Dario Della Rossa will help along with other tracks on the same wavelengths.
Full program at https://www.facebook.com/events/478116239283620/497590010669576/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1532674390234530

Around Magic June 2018

Category : around the world, mailart, performance Jul 1st, 2018

Clockwise: 13: sentimental  B.day installation with mailart received from Joel Cohen, ATCard “Sheren in New York 15 June 2012” in the centre; 14: Natalia receiving from my mum the diary of my grandma Angela at ADN of Pieve Santo Stefano (Arezzo) – incidentally, Fumis Angela was born on 10 June and died on 17 June 1968 – ; 15: standing at the entrance of the Archive of Diaries; 14: donation of my (art)diaries LC (also containing CG) and ST to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale – incidentally ST that stands for Standards (Tarot paintings) can also stand for Saverio Tutino who founded the Archive and 'created' the myth of Che Guevara (born on 14 June) in Italy – ; 27: with Sticker Dude Banana Cake (new receipe) in connection with the reunion of Grateful Dead in Santa Clara (California); 21 (12:07): attending the meeting “tra pari” at CSM of Parco Basaglia in Gorizia.

Clockwise: 13: sentimental B.day installation with mailart received from Joel Cohen; 14: Natalia receiving from my mum the diary of my grandma Angela at ADN of Pieve Santo Stefano (Arezzo) – incidentally, Fumis Angela was born on 10 June and died on 17 June 1968 – ; 15: standing at the entrance of the Archive of Diaries; 14: donation of my (art)diaries LC (also containing CG) and ST to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale – incidentally ST that stands for Standards (Tarot paintings) can also stand for Saverio Tutino who founded the Archive and ‘created’ the myth of Che Guevara (born on 14 June) in Italy – ; 27: with Sticker Dude Banana Cake (new receipe) in connection with the reunion of Grateful Dead in Santa Clara (California); 21 (12:07 Summer Solstice): attending the meeting “tra pari” at CSM of Parco Basaglia in Gorizia.


In 2018 many anniversaries occur, such as the 40th from Basaglia’s law #180 (May 1978) and of my marriage (February 1978), the 50th from my trip to Bandiera Gialla (January 1968) in Rome with the psychologist Letizia Comba. This June, special coincidances took place around my B.day. The above card can reveal/explain more. Though, the core of it is only detectable by heART!

The Tarot Room for “Le Stanze delle Meraviglie” in Verbania

Category : around the world, exhibitions, performance Mar 19th, 2018

Clockwise: “LoveS” VI standard 2009,  “Wonderbookcase” oil on glass 1987, detail of velella in ensign XII “(la) vie” 2015, page from the diary “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-'16”.

Clockwise: “LoveS” VI standard 2009, “Wonderbookcase” oil on glass 1987, detail of velella in ensign XII “(la) vie” 2015, page from the diary “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-’16”.


From 10 to 15 April 2018, in Verbania, at Villa Giulia, on the lakeside of Pallanza, there will be the third week of “Le Stanze delle Meraviglie Wunderkammern”. The event is curated by Marisa Cortese for the association Siviera, with the patronage of the Municipality.
The “Stanza dei Tarocchi come tra-s-formazione” is a contribution of mine for Room number 12, set up in the corridor of the first floor.
Vernissage : Tuesday, April 10th at 5:30 pm
Visiting hours of all the exhibitions: every day from 3 to 7 pm
Talk-participatory-performance about the Tarots: Thursday April 12th, from 5 to 6 pm, in the hall of the reception room.

THE TAROT ROOM. A selection of Tarot ensigns manufactured since 2004, will be exhibited. These are painted on (disposable) blue textile, with the primal intent to fix the emotions felt during the performances as Sheren. Similar to the scroll paintings of the Tibetan tangka, in the end, they have turned to be mostly, pages from a diary of my art/life. With the attempt to give a temporary order to the turmoil of the soul, each of the Arcana has been re-invented with free spirit and a pinch of irreverence. In handmaking them, never I felt obliged to start from the Tarot # 1, nor to plan to complete the series of 22. The whole path of ensigns/standars so far produced, appear to me as a sort of roadmap to enlightment. The selection chosen for Verbania reveals neverending transformations from chrysalis to butterfly (VI “LoveS”, IX, XV and XVIII of the Irish triptych, in particular). It recalls sea voyages among the dolphins and the velelle velelle coming from the Ocean to the Mediterranean. If beached, the latter – aka “By the Wind Sailors” – dye the shores in blue. A velella – recreated in white organza – rests on Standard XII, renamed “(la) vie”, which is the remake of an optical color changer used during the Great War to communicate in Morse, where there was no electricity.These revisited Arcana speak of the attitude of “looking at the sky, feet on the ground”, reminding of journeys in the past times, that the full immersion in the dimension of heART makes us feel still close.

TALK-PARTICIPATORY-PERFORMANCE. On the occasion of the interactive meeting of Thursday, April 12 (17-18 pm), the Tarot ensigns of Room 12 will be temporarly moved in the hall of the reception. Before any talk about them, the Standards will be re-lived, re-animated and re-discovered with those who will like to take part. An original karaoke with the Music composed by Dario Della Rossa will occur. Guest of honor: the original DIARY “Memorie di Fumis Angela 1914-16”. My grandmother wrote it in “… Intra e Pallanza due belle cittadelle… ” as a refugee from Staranzano, North East of Italy. Soon the original diary will be donated to Archivio Diaristico Nazionale of Pieve Santo Stefano (AR).
Beside, some significative and inspirational objects met along the Tarot way – such as the rain stick or the EVA Mariposa butterfly – will attend the meeting.

Books of “Memorie di Fumis Angela” will also be available (transcribed and printed in 2016, online edition http://memoriediangela.alicepaviotti.com), as well as some artist books “ST”, featuring my diary/memoir 2017 about the Tarots as STandards and ways of tran-s-formation.

… and the story goes on

“Healing in London” in/around Loonies Fest 2017

Category : around the world, exhibitions, performance Sep 1st, 2017
“go-cart VCE-LDN”, alias VII Tarot. Clockwise: “ShirEn on gondola” and “looking from pink curtains” masks made in 2003,  disc OB-LA-DI'-OB-LA-DA' revisited 1968-2016, “il terapeuta..1962è2017” and “Totem 2004-2008-2017” acrylic on wood 2017, textile panel in jeans and tulle. At the side, details of the ensign.

“go-cart VCE-LDN”, alias VII Tarot. Clockwise: “ShirEn on gondola” and “looking from pink curtains” masks made in 2003, disc OB-LA-DI’-OB-LA-DA’ revisited 1968-2016, “il terapeuta..1962è2017” and “Totem 2004-2008-2017” acrylic on wood 2017, textile panel in jeans and tulle. At the side, details of the ensign.

In September 2017 I will be in London, at the LOONIES FEST – Creating Healing Lunacy – in Kingsley Hall. The one day event of Saturday 9th (10am-10pm) includes Exhibitions, Performances, Poetry and a panel discussions.

The Private View for the “Survivors Stories”, a visual art group exhibition, is on Tuesday 5th (5-7pm), finissage on 19 th September. The Fest is run by FEEL (Friends of East End Loonies) and it is about mental health from the point of view of those who are often silenced by the system. Web page and full program at http://friends-of-east-end-loonies.blogspot.it/p/loonies-fest.html
Kingsley Hall Community Centre, Powis Rd, London E3 3HJ

My participations at the Fest, from the 5th to the finissage of 19th September relate to the frequentation, together with my family, to the Asylum in Gorizia (Italy) during Basaglia’s years (1962-72), ‘important imprinting’ of freedom for the courses of my art/life. The Fest offers a precious opportunity to go on with the ‘recovery tour’ started last year in Rome; a chance to immerse my autobiography in meaningful stories and places, so that to bring out something that can be shared and further developed.

The textile panel “go-cart VCE-LDN” will be shown in the Survivors Stories. It refers to the 7 th card of the Tarots, that deals with the body of the anima helping us in the human achievements. My work displays 2 gondola (masks) in place of the traditional Arcana #VII’s war-chariot. Basaglia – The Man who closed the Asylum (crf. J. Foot, Verso 2015) – was from Venice. San Clemente Asylum, closed in 1980, was also in its laguna. The disc OB-LA- DI, OB-LA-DA revisited 1968-2016 has to do with London and the Beatles and with the psychologist Letizia Comba, scholar of A. D. Laing. The painting “il terapeuta..1962è2017” included in the ensign, highlights the role of music.

“Healing in London” will be performed at the Loonies Fest on the afternoon Saturday 9th.
A panel discussion on the theme of the benefits and importance of the Arts as Healing Mediums will follow.
My action is a belated ‘thank you’ to Letizia Comba (1932-2000), psychologist in Basaglia’s team. As a teenager in difficulty, fifty years ago, I was “handed” to her care. She explored brand new ways to help me, with personal involvement/responsability, also accompaning me to Rome to attend “Bandiera Gialla” pop song radio program. Later I realized how precious have been the seeds received. I felt the task to guard them carefully and to cultivate them so that they had blossomed and fructified at the right time. Love can heal, can be a wave that caress, cuddle and support us. The action will re-create not-only- metaphorical-waves of memories in the original music composed by Dario Della Rossa. The gratitude is also for the many that donate their humanity and live through the daily practice of love, passion and freedom.

Last but not least, in and around Loonies Fest in London, I will fully explore the beauty and strenght of human relations, with old and new friend-artists, such as Dawn Redwood at aardverx. This fortnight 5-19 September will also serve for a fully immersion in U.K.’s mental health policies, comparing the state of the arts to the Italian ones.