September/October Estonian art news

CCA, Estonia publishes a newsletter on contemporary art news in Estonia in every two months. September/October 2017 newsletter can be found here.


The Fourth Tallinn Photomonth

@Tallinn Art Hall / various venues
The fourth Tallinn Photomonth biennial began on September 1st with the opening of the exhibition ‘Image Drain’ curated by Anthea Buys at Tallinn Art Hall (open until October 8th). The exhibition combines artworks from international artists with a fictional story about a Russian businessman, his dreams and his interest in the technology of photography. The exhibition deals with understanding and defining photography in the era of visual saturation. Included in the main programme of the festival are exhibitions opening throughout September and October at various art venues, as well as The Photographic Art Fair. A satellite programme will run in Tallinn’s public and commercial galleries. The exhibitions are contextualised through a programme of public events and an education programme for schools. The directors of the Photomonth are Tallinn based artist-curator Laura Toots and art manager Kadri Laas. Professional week info and registration can be found here.

The Prelude to the Baltic Triennial 13

@Vilnius Contemporary Art Center
For the first time in its history, the Baltic Triennial will take place in the three Baltic countries: Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, from May to November 2018. The Prelude to the Baltic Triennial 13, which will open on 14th of September at CAC, Vilnius, gives the first insight into the triennial. It highlights its political stance while acting as a poetic gesture: it will address class, gender, race, disabled bodies, feminism, decolonisation of desire, and territories, eager to transcend the fixed notion of identity to embrace the moving concept of belonging. Where do we belong? How do we belong? The Baltic Triennial 13 is titled ‘GIVE UP THE GHOST’. It is curated by Vincent Honoré.

Maria Kapajeva ‘The Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’

@Narva Art Residency
London-based Estonian artist Maria Kapajeva’s largest solo exhibition so far, titled ‘The Dream is Wonderful, Yet Unclear’, opened on September 8th at Narva Art Residency. For 150 years, Krenholm – the textile manufacturer that was declared bankrupt in 2010 – was the most important enterprise in Narva, shaping the social, cultural, and architectural atmosphere of the city. The exhibition focuses on the mill in the late socialist period, when its workshops employed a collective of 12,000 mainly female workers. The exhibition is accompanied by a diverse trilingual public programme, including Maria Kapajeva’s master class, artist talks, and a curator’s tour, as well as an education programme for the schools of Narva and a lecture by Reverse Resources on contemporary global textile production. The exhibition is part of the Tallinn Photomonth programme.

Lecture series on contemporary curating and writing

@Estonian Academy of Arts/the hall of Estonian Academy of Sciencesy
CCA, Estonia together with the department of Visual Culture of the Estonian Academy of Arts have curated a lecture series including international curators and writers, taking place from Autumn 2017 to May 2018. The speaker list includes writer and documenta14 catalogue editor Quinn Latimer, curator and writer Martha Kirszenbaum, curator of 13th Baltic Triennial Vincent Honoré, writer Andrew Berardini, art historian and curator Antonia Alampi, documenta14 curator Dieter Roelstraete, feminist curator Maura Reilly, New York Project space The Kitchen curator Lumi Tan. Information about the schedule will be published on the CCA website.

See the full list of recommended art events in the newsletter here.