BT13: Open studios at Estonian Artists’s Association’s buildings

On Saturday, June 30th at 12 – 3pm, ten artists at the Estonian Artists’ Association’s buildings on Freedom square, where the Tallinn chapter of Baltic Triennial 13 is held, will open their studios to visitors.

Participating artists: Marju Bormeister, Sirja-Liisa Eelma, Kai Kaljo, Raivo Kelomees Tiiu Kirsipuu, Kristi Kongi, Tarrvi Laarmann, Tõnis Saadoja, Liina Siib, Mare Vint. 

The event is organised by Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia as part of the opening weekend of Baltic Triennial 13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST at Tallinn Art Hall.

Please note that it is important to pre-register via e-mail or +372 53947169. 

There will be three guided tours:
12pm Tour I (in Estonian)
1pm Tour II (in English)
2pm Tour III (in Estonian)
The maximum size of one group is 15 people.

Participating artists:

As a daughter of two artists, Marju Bormeister (1945) has lived in the Tallinn Art Hall building for half of their life. They are interested in nature and the structures found in nature. Bormeister has also been engaged in various charity art projects.
Together with students and textile artist Kersti Villand everyone is welcome to join a small monotyping and silk painting workshop.

Sirja-Liisa Eelma (1973) is a painter, who in their latest projects has been dealing with the idea of emptiness as something achievable through the medium of painting. In 2016 Sirja-Liisa Eelma was awarded with Konrad Mägi Prize. 

Kai Kaljo (1959) is among the best-known and internationally recognized names in Estonian video since the 1990s. Positioning themselves as an outsider, someone not liked at home, but never more than an observant stranger elsewhere, is an inherent part of Kaljo’s self-image. In recent years Kaljo has engaged with the topics of aging and personal histories.

Raivo Kelomees (1960) is an artist, critic and a new media researcher. They hold a PhD in art history. Kelomees has been published in main cultural and art magazines and newspapers of Estonia since 1985. As an artist they have participated in various international video and new media art festivals and exhibitions.

Tiiu Kirsipuu (1957) is a sculptor whose body of work ranges from coins with a diameter of a few centimeters to eight-metre long wood sculptures. They have used both a realistic as well as an abstract approach to form and worked with a wide range of different materials. They have created multiple famous sculptures in public spaces all over Estonia.

Kristi Kongi (1985) emerged on the art scene during the 2010s. They are an Estonian painter and installation artist whose work focuses on colour, light and space, often in paintings which take the form of installations and are created for specific settings. In their most recent projects Kongi used colour and light as a way to collect and preserve memories, by creating immersive, colourful spacial installations. Kongi was awarded with Konrad Mägi Prize in 2017.

Tarrvi Laamann (1973) is one of the few virtuoses of woodcut technique in Estonia whose colourful prints reference to reggae culture and its bright colours, smells, tastes, warmth, rhythms. Laamann’s works are positive and happy; it is their way of improving the world.

Tõnis Saadoja (1980) is a painter, mostly working with photo-realist format. They are often been interested in site-specific artworks, memories and urban landscape. In 2015 they were awarded the Konrad Mägi Prize.

Liina Siib (1963) is a visual artist who lives in Tallinn, Estonia. In their photo, video and room installations, the artist explores various topics, ranging from femininity and social space to different representations of people’s everyday practices and daily routines, work and leisure time, systems and subjectivity. In 2011 Liina Siib represented Estonia with their project A Woman Takes Little Space at the 54th Venice Art Biennale at Palazzo Malipiero. Since 2015 Liina Siib is the professor of graphic art at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Mare Vint (1942) is a graphic artist whose work mostly focuses on the depiction of “ideal landscapes,” in an attempt to capture a perfect synthesis between nature and man-made structures. Mare Vint’s emergence in the late 1960s coincided with changes in the strict political regime which also brought about a shift in the artistic group ‘ANK’.