Tallinn Art Week 2017 is a one of a kind art festival - a seven-day celebration to bring you the best of Estonian contemprary art held from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th June.
Tallinn Art Week 2017 motto is ‚Take a Stand!’.
To form your position, the festival includes seven days filled with different art events, enthralling discussions, different workshops and even somewhat unbelievable performances in different venues and sites around the town.
We bring you the best Estonian and international contemprary art and also explain how the art is really integrated into other areas of life.
Head organisers of the festival are Andra Orn and Kadri Uus from an art platform NOAR.eu.
Enough of this drab, grey mass of mediocrity, which doesn’t bother us directly. Enough of our own passiveness; there’s clearly more in being annoyed, even disturbed at times. It’s time to take a stand, express your views, not fearing self-exposure.
The world is changing, and processes that affect us all in a major way are taking place constantly whether we like it or not. Donald Trump, Russia and Ukraine – really, nothing? How about refugees, medical care, ageing society, our children? What are our views? Do we at least have them?
To have an opinion or to take a stand you need to be knowledgeable on the topic, and you must have the courage to say it out loud. Speaking out is a responsibility!
The call to take a stand does not mean a confrontation; it’s about having an opinion. There is a difference whether to take a stand or start a conflict. Opinions expressed should not be rigid or entrenched; opinions must also change in time. Knowledge, information and learning is important here. A multiplicity of opinions broadens our thinking.
We live in an era and a society where we are allowed to express our views. This is a freedom, the use of which not only offers opportunities but creates obligations. History involves long periods when Estonians were punished by authorities for expressing the ‘wrong’ kinds of opinions. Has this had an effect on our mentality, on whether we dare to have a voice and stand for our opinions? History has also taught us that if we do not have those courageous people who take the floor and take a stand, we have no freedom.
Do you have an opinion? Does contemporary art have something to say?
Organizer NOAR Art - Andra Orn ja Kadri Uus
Every end is a beginning of something new: in this case EKA TASE’17 final event creates a unique symbiosis with Tallinn Art Week. You are welcome to join us in Noblessner, to spend a day which is carried by keywords: freshness and free thinking.
In which direction is modern art going in the art students hands? Come along, discover and take a stand!
In addition to traditional MA thesises of architecture, design and fine arts, you can also discover BA thesises of fine arts and graphic design.
A graduate of Estonian Academy of Art faculty of painting Johanna Mudist will take you to a journey through her work at 1 pm.
At 4 pm Art Academy graphic design graduates will demonstrate an exhibition „Formation” which is also for their Bachelor’s thesis. The presentation will be given in Estonian, Russian and English.
More information - artun.ee/tase17.
Young artists have this very special and unique energy that every art collector from all around the world hunts. How does this express in Estonia and what are the guidelines young artists follow? Juhan Soomets the first to win the Baltic Young Artist Award in 2016, will talk about it.
Tallinn Tuesday is a traditional gallery tour that this time rolls on bicycles through the capital’s main galleries. The program includes Gallery Positiiv, Haus Gallery, EAA Gallery, Temnikova & Kasela Gallery and Vaal Gallery, where you can meet local artist and gallerists. There is also an opportunity to participate in a bike tour to attend all the galleries. The bike tour starts at Gallery Positiiv and everyone is welcome to join at any point during the gallery evening.
The program of the gallery evening:
5pm Gallery Positiiv (Roo 21a)
Anna-Kai Tõrs “Make me beautiful!”
Anna-Kai Tõrs’s photography project explores the beauty-world of contemporary men and the social role of barber shops. Anna-Kai Tõrs has studied photography by taking several courses, she has worked with documentary and portrait photography for ten years and is a co-author of the photo magazine Positiiv.
6pm Haus Gallery (Uus 17)
August Künnapu “Assortment/Babylon”
August Künnapu has several favourite topics, which he compiles and presents as a colourful assortment. The exhibition features sportsmen and folk dancers, cats and dogs and the most recent favourites of the artist – horses. Künnapu’s diverse artistic practice is influenced by cubism, art deco, retro and pop-art, and is often, even though naive at first glance, described as psychologically multi-layered.
6.30pm Okapi Gallery (Niguliste 2)
Allan Proosa “Waiting”
In his photography exhibition “Waiting”, artist Allan Proosa explores the different aspects of gender roles and sexuality both from social and personal perspective. He is interested in topics such as androgyny, human craving, desire and hope, masculine and feminine positions, sexuality and gender roles in time and social context, but also beauty. Allan Proosa has studied semiotics at the University of Tartu and photographic art at Tartu Art College and has worked as a photographer and a teacher.
7pm EAA Gallery (Freedom Square 6/8)
Keiu Maasik “Lost Friends”, curator Kaisa Maasik
The exhibition “Lost Friends” by Keiu Maasik explores the issues of growing up and the distancing of people through the mediums of photography and video. The exhibition depicts a universal process – losing friends over time and the reasons for it – through the story of one group of friends.
8pm Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (Lastekodu 1)
Merike Estna & Ana Cardoso “The Seed Can Be Initialized Randomly II”
Merike Estna and Ana Cardoso are both painters who have come together at two different geographic and temporal points to explore the medium of painting, traditional crafts and a woman’s place in the art world. The second installment of the exhibition (the first took place in Porto last year) explores what is often considered a craft material or folk art – with the artists working on paintings reinterpreted as traditionally crafted rugs.
8.30pm Vaal Gallery (Tartu road 80d)
Björn Koop & Leslie Laasner “Internal Combustion”
The exhibition “Internal Combustion” brings together two petrolheads who both explore the world of engines through their respective artistic practices. Björn Koop has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts and is currently working as a car designer in Frankfurt. Leslie Laasner has also graduated from the Academy but is most well-known as a musician. “Internal Combustion” is Leslie’s first gallery exhibition.
This exhibition is especially thrilling for modest Estonians as you can actually step into fellow citizen's home! Raul Oreškin and Kaili Kase have already organized a number of similar events in Southern Estonia. This guest appearance will let you peek into interior architect Maarja Marga's home to take a look at Ado Vabbe prize winning artist Huupi’s exhibition “Plat Principal”
The little people of the recognised artists Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu have settled in at the Noblessner’s shipyard’s power plant.
You can enter the installation from the second floor and take a stand after which you can stand with these small people even when the ground under your feet would start to waver.
Unique opportunity to see a special sound art performance, created especially for the festival by the best of their field Kiwa and Leonhard Lapin.
Polymer Culture Factory is a fascinating work of art by itself with a number of artists' residencies, works of our well-known street artists but also visuals from more traditional genres. It is a one-time opportunity to peek into international artist’s home studios and discover the lifestyle of the creatives.
15th of June 17:00 Open lecture: Architecture and Open Spaces. The lecture is held by an artist, curator and resident of the Polymer Corpus A Niina-Anneli Kaarnamo.
Polymer A korpus gallery 3,14 opening
Reisner&Mudlum are doing what they want, this is to paint nudes and landscapes. Window is open, fresh air can get in. Birds are singing and sea is warm and there is also Ossinovski, running around the store.
Helicopter is the right place for all who wish to broaden their limits and to experience something different. Helicopter is a new, exciting and alternative meeting place for different forms of art.
Join in at the No Shade dance workshops and the Jam Session that will give an opportunity to dive deep into Vogue and House dance styles.
Open lecture: „Mission Statement” performing and visual arts
How performing arts develop from visual arts? Or is it the other way around? If you are planning to attend the Helicopter studio events, then this lecture is a great introduction to give you the perfect vibe for it. Discussion will be held both in Estonian and in English.POOR.LIFE.CHOICES – Tallinn Art Week presents you two bands like you have never seen before. Jesień (Torun, PL) – a musical trio mixed in the styles of noise- and math-rock with a little sense of jazz. The basis is built on strong drum beats and crispy bass, backed up with subtle but also conflictingly unfit guitar sounds. Golebie (Poznań , PL) – The tougher side of the shoegaze/post-punk styles that connects with the melodies of alt-rock. Cold, growling and shaky sound of a guitar and the aftersounds that every shoegaze fan desires. POOR.LIFE.CHOICES was made to change the local music scene in Tallinn. Noise-rock is a very hot topic in the western world right now and almost every underground music scene has the musicians for this genre. POOR.LIFE.CHOICES is kind of educational, but also humorous and disturbingly weird.
Exclusive film sessions of "Art and film" curated by a legendary video artist and a filmmaker Jaan Toomik will take place in Kino Sõprus and is meant for all of you with a gourmet taste in film and art.
See the abstract of Toomik's films and let him explain the ideas behind the videoart.
The international open-air sculpture exhibition finally arrives in Tallinn, exhibiting the most remarkable works from previous years. One of the highlights is definitely a location-specific work by Flo Kasearu inside of St John's Church. The project is curated by Michael Haagensen exhibiting the works of Johnson and Johnson, Anastasia Parmson, Hanna Piksarve and Kristin Reiman.
When poets and artists come together, only something crazy can come out of it. We are going to read, see and hear poems and different creations of art and music. The evening is conducted by the master of poetry – Jürgen Rooste. Cosmical barkings will be made by poets and musicians like Kivi Larmola, Adam Cullen, Kalev Vapper, Erki-Andres Nuut, Jürgen Rooste, Asko Künnap ...
But do not get too comfortable, because right after that we will move on to the Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava to see the Greenfield.
WLast Greenfield of the season will be held at the Tallinn Art Week and will come with poetry, rap, music and dance! After that we will finish the STL season! All the performers are already known artists from the Greenfield. The final disco will be held by Florian Wahl. Greenfields aim is to become the centre of artists meeting place, where various people from different fields could meet up and share their work.
Graafikakoda will give you an amazing opportunity to discover different techniques of graphic and create your own graphical work. Expert Uku Kann and artist Inga Heamägi will introduce the graphical works and artists Loit Jõekalda and Evi Tihemets will help with the creating.
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EKKM, which is known as the popular venue for parties, hides actually a lot of art in itself. Now everyone has the opportunity to go and discover the hidden side of the EKKM. Those who are interested can explore the exhibition prepared by Marten Esko and Johannes Säre and take part of the discussion about the same topic. They will also have a public lecture on the necessity of art institutions. Following the traditions of EKKM, we will finish the evening with one authentic art party.
The third day of the video art programme focuses on the film by the director Piero Persello “The Plastic Cardboard Sonata” (2015), a story about urban loneliness. It specifically highlights the nonsense of everyday, but also points out the charms. “Art and Film” screenings will be finished with musical performance of Rainer Jancis. It combines sounds and visual art.
The whole Freedom Square will be occupied with art! This playful art exhibition includes the latest creations of top Estonian artists and galleries introducing their works. Hosted by Ingrid Peek (Raadio 2), entertained by DJ Ecstatic.
Gallery Positiiv, The Auction of Young Art, Tartu Art House, Galerist, Avangard gallery, Haus gallery, Haus Gallery, Fahle Gallery, NOAR, Okapi, Vana-Võromaa museum, MoKs, Estonian Sculptors’ Union, The Association of Estonian Printmakers, Estonian Watercolor Society, FOU Kultuurileht, ;paranoia publishing group ltd.
12:00 Opening of TAW “Take a Stand” conversation with the organisers of TAW from (Contemporary Art Platform NOAR.eu) about exhibitions and the “Take a Stand” manifest.
13:00 - 15:00 Tour across the Freedom Square
15:00 The most significant work of art is definitely a one-time large-scale open-air architecture solution “120 degrees”, created by the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts Andreas Krigoltoi, Jarmo Vaiki and Karmen Silde, curated by the Young Architect Prize winners Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam.
15:30 Conversation about the impact of colours: Do they effect our sense of surroundings and how?
16:00 Tour to “Global control and censorship” exhibition in the Tallinn Art Hall
16:30 How is art and philosophy connected to happiness? Hear the discussion by Marek Tamm (historian, editor), Tiina Jõgeda (psychological counsellor, journalist), Ringo Ringvee (poet, civil servant, theologian and DJ), Andreas Trossaks (chief editor of the magazine Kunst.ee), Mari Kurismaa (artist and a well-known interior architect), Kadri Uus (contemporary art platform NOAR.eu). Moderated by the curator of Tallinn Art Week Andra Orn.
Come and take a stand! …..or a seat!
- An extraordinary performance “TRASH LAKE – Tallinn Edition” by Suvi Nieminen, Ilona Salonen and Sveta Grigorjeva.
- An installation “Dance with Life” by an Italian artist Ugo Piccion
- Performance by Mari Perkup and Hannah Harkes in front of The Association of Estonian Printmakers
The culture literature exhibition covers topics from art to international relations and photography.
Do not forget to peek under the stairs of Freedom Square to check out the exhibition by The Union of Estonian Art Schools, showing how love for arts starts at a young age. A voluminous sphere shaped work will be created live in front of the public.
Creative Saturday is an event coordinated by the Estonian Artists Association. It gives people a chance to meet and discover all the artists, designers and creative organisations in the ARS house. Besides that, there will be an exclusive tour to an exhibition “Tegelt on teisiti” (It’s Actually Different) made by an art group Umbrella Grupp. The tour leader is Siim Preiman.
In the end of the evening well-known performance artist Al Paldrok opens his exhibition “10 Commandments” in the legendary cultural meeting place KuKu club. The problems of modern human are strongly connected to the fact that the standards of acting are 2000 years old and their “best before” is long overdue. At the example of the Bible the visualisation sends the commands for the illiterate. Anyway, the artist gives the 100% guarantee, that the happiness formula works, when commandments are exclusively and incontrovertible followed. “10 Commandments” alias Modern Survival Guide: “Do not expect to be invited back”
Do you know how an artist’s “office” or in other words studio looks like? What inspires artists? Why does art make you happy? All these and many other questions will be answered on Sunday, when in collaboration with Estonian Artists union all the doors of artists’ studios will be open. Artists introduce their everyday work to guests. You can explore in the studios of Tõnis Laanemaa, Kristiina Ulase and Tiiu Kirsipuu.
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After the visit to the studios you can continue your relaxing day in the café and the yard of EKKM – there you can find something to eat and a cosy company. Perhaps all that is a must on a perfect Sunday! The director of EKKM Marten Esko and photographer Johannes Säre will talk about the background of their work.
These infamous performances have been gaining fame all over the world already for years. Come and see with your own eyes what it is all about!
Featuring celebrated artists Risto Puurunen (FI), Juho Pösilö Pöysti (FI), Hyunji Park (KR), Nathaniel Hendrickson (US), Disco Tiger aka Junnu Savolainen (FI), Huisi He (US/CHN), Steve Vanoni (US/EST) Non Grata (X): Anonymous Boh, Devil Girl, Hobo, Albino and Trippy.
The most famous and mysterious street artist Edward von Lõngus is preparing for European tour that will take fully Estonian characters with superpowers into various cities. The characters are about the same age as the Republic of Estonia - 100. The first characters will come to life with the help of VR in Tallinn during Tallinn Art Week.