Tallinn Photomonth is an artist led biennial of contemporary art and visual culture. Although started in 2011 by a group of artists working primarily with photography and video, the biennial has never been a narrowly media-based event, rather it looks more broadly at developments in art and society in a world mediated by cameras, screens and images.
The fifth Tallinn Photomonth takes place from 6 September to 3 November. Included in the main programme are three international group exhibitions at different art institutions in Tallinn, a film programme and a contemporary 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.
Art Fair Foto Tallinn
Art Fair Foto Tallinn, formerly known as the Estonian Photographic Art Fair is the first and only contemporary art fair in Estonia. The fair has been held every fall since 2010, every two years as part of the Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial.
Art Fair Foto Tallinn is dedicated to promoting and introducing contemporary photographic art and offers artists a unique format to present their recent works, reach new audiences and form professional relationships. The fair also functions as a platform for facilitating and initiating international collaboration.
The fair is accompanied by a diverse program, which includes artist talks, panel discussions, seminars, book launches and curated tours of the fair. Art Fair Foto Tallinn is organised by the Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku).
16 mm film programme “Sleep Through the Present”
16 mm artist’s film programme “Sleep Through the Present” was curated by artist Paul Kuimet. The film programme was presented at Filmilindifestival 2019 at Järva-Jaani Vanatehnika Varjupaik.
Selected films were set in a dialogue with the surrounding nature at Järva-Jaani, the shelter of motor vehicles and the old lorry called the Cathedral where the films were projected. Film-makers have used a variety of cinematic techniques to create their works – time-lapse photography, slow motion or using the camera as an experimental writing tool.
Sleeping on a bullet train / Dir: João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva / 2015
Colour, silent; 8 min
Aspect / Dir: Emily Richardson / 2004
Colour, optical sound; 9 min
The house belongs to those who inhabit it. / R: Runa Islam / 2008
Colour, digital non-sync sound; 7 min
Filmilindifestival is organised by Kino Sõprus.
Poppositions Art Fair 2017
20.–23.04.2017 Kuimet’s project aims to turn the visitor’s sharp eye towards the world, where we were used to following the circumstances of Nature, that allowed us to predict, allowed to speculate what might happen. Kuimet’s focus, intensity and intervention reveal a contemporary moment described by constant spotlight and zooming in, turbulent times that continuously need re-adjusting to. Kuimet uses aesthetic means to connect two artworks – of a pre-modern (and pre-capitalist) object and the demolition of a modernist building (former Ministry of Finance in Tallinn), modelling the different layers of time and eras into one integral installation. Kuimet’s participation is organised in collaboration with Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia and Lugemik publishing. Established in 2011 as a counterpoint to mainstream art fairs, Poppositions has previously addressed questions of artistic agency, self-organisation, cynicism and criticality in order to shape its profile within the cultural and economic landscape. With the 2017 leitmotiv Don’t Agonize, Organize! inspired by philosopher Rosi Braidotti, the forthcoming edition of Poppositions seeks to respond to the political turmoil we are currently experiencing on a geopolitical scale. Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk (The Office for Curating, NL) has been appointed as the artistic director of this year’s edition. This year’s jury consisted of artist Kasper Bosmans, artist and curator Jo-ey Tang and curator Elise Lammer, with the support of curator Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk. With the leitmotiv as a leading principle, the jury has sought for proposals that steer and reinvent the political imagination by proposing diverse forms of political opposition that are rich in alternatives, concrete in propositions, and delivered through everyday projects. www.paulkuimet.ee www.poppositions.com
ArtVilnius Art Fair 2017
08.–11.06.2017 Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku) participates at ArtVilnius art fair with a project by two of its artists – Tanja Muravskaja and dear departed Anna-Stina Treumund. The presentation derives from the notions of obedience, discipline and being civil (both as being courteous and polite as well as fixed by custom or law rather than being natural or astronomical). In her works Tanja Muravskaja addresses the issues of identity and nationalism. Specifically in photographic series “Estonian Race” she focuses on one of the ‘elementary particles’ of nationalism as an ideology – race. Anna-Stina Treumund examines the limits that are set on the social life, the physiological performance and sexuality of women. Treumund uses motifs and materials layered with meanings, reflecting BDSM culture and practices through the filter of queer theory. ArtVilnius is the only contemporary art fair in Lithuania and the largest art fair in the Eastern Europe region. ArtVilnius, started in 2009, was one of the most important events in the Vilnius – European Capital of Culture project. ArtVilnius takes place every year in the Exhibition and Congress centre LITEXPO. This 12,000 sq. metre exposition space is visited by 20,000 visitors. www.tanjamuravskaja.com www.annastinatreumund.com www.artvilnius.com
CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY CRASH COURSE 2018
April 17 – May 17 2018 Tue and Thu 17:30–20:30 Contemporary Photography Crash Course is a foundation course for Photography studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The purpose of the course is to push participants to think critically about photography as an art form. During the course each participant develops a conceptual photographic series. In addition to the series, participants read theoretical texts to conceptualize the photographic medium in the context of contemporary visual culture; students are introduced to photographic art practices, visiting artists’ studios, exhibitions and artist talks. By the end of the course, the participants have an overview of the entrance exams, Photography department’s study methods and the contemporary art practice in Estonia. The Crash Course started as a social art project and has been taking place since 2015. It is conducted by the alumnae of the Department of Photography and EAA lecturers Mari Armei and Fidelia Randmäe. From 2018 the Contemporary Photography Crash Course is a collaboration project between the Department of Photography (EAA) and Estonian Union of Photography Artists. Additional information: email@example.com