Book launch: Jaanus Samma at WIELS Bookshop, Brussels

Brussels-based curator Romuald Demidenko will join Jaanus Samma, current artist-in-residence at WIELS, in a conversation for the launch of 'Jaanus Samma. Outhouse by the Church'.

The event takes place on December 8 at 4pm at WIELS Bookshop in Brussels. The event will be free of charge and the discussion will be in English. 


The book is accompanying Jaanus Samma's solo exhibition, 'Outhouse by the Church' (2018), curated by Eugenio Viola, currently on view at Nomas Foundation in Rome.

Following a long anthropologic fieldwork, 'Outhouse by the Church' is a project that focuses on public toilets, an ostensibly humble and sometimes underestimated subject that is closely related to such issues as hierarchy, inequality, the body, aesthetics and politics. The public toilet is a space where the border between public and private is blurred, a space which is often discreetly disregarded and for this reason, during its long history and in different social and cultural contexts, has created opportunities for a variety of social interaction.

With essays by Eugenio Viola, writer Travis Jeppesen, folklorist Andreas Kalkun and a conversation between conservator Hilkka Hiiop and Jaanus Samma.

The event is hosted by WIELS and Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and WIELS, and supported by the Estonian Embassy in Brussels. The participation of Estonian artist at WIELS residency is supported by Estonian Ministry of Culture.


Jaanus Samma. Outhouse by the Church.
Designed by Brit Pavelson
Published by Mousse Publishing
88 pages, 16 x 24 cm, softcover
In English
Printed by Tallinn Book Printers
ISBN 978-88-6749-354-8


More information on WIELS website