• Art-o-rama Art Fair 2022

    FOKU represented Kristina Õllek at the art fair Art-o-rama in Marseille, France from August 25 to 28, 2022. From August 19, artist Laura Kuusk is represented in the selection of digital artworks at the Immaterial Salon online platform, an extension of the art fair.


    By Kristina Õllek a selection of works from the series “Filter Feeders, Double Binds & Other Silicones” (2019–…) will be presented in Marseille. Using the example of the North Sea as an example of the effects of human activity on the ecological balance of the world’s oceans, the project enters into a dialogue with the coastal area of ​​Marseille and raises burning questions from the point of view of nature conservation.


    Kristina Õllek is the first Estonian artist to be represented at Art-o-rama, an art fair dedicated to contemporary art, and her participation has already been noticed by The Steidz magazine and in the advisory selection of Ocula gallery network.


    > Also read an interview with the artist in the latest FOKU monthly #4, August 2022 (in Estonian).


    Through Art-o-rama’s online exhibition, Immaterial Salon, you can listen to the audio meditation part of Laura Kuusk’s installation “How to Move Like a Slime Mold” (2021) regardless of place and time. The work, first put together as an installation and performance for the Tallinn Photomonth ‘21 contemporary art biennial main exhibition “Intensive Places” (curated by TOK / Maria Veits and Anna Bitkina) at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), leads visitors on a journey through his/her/their bodies to suggest an experience of becoming an other-than-human organism.


    > Listen more here

  • The Opinion Festival 2022: The Role of Photography in Critical Times



    The discussion “The Role of Photography in Critical Times” was summoned by FOKU and took place part of the Opinion Festival in 2022 at the “War and Peace” area.


    Different parties were in discussion about photography made during peaceful and war times. How it affects us and how we could become better at reading and creating photography.


    Toomas Järvet, the curator at Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Centre, Annika Haas, the photographer and the curator at the Museum of Photography in Tallinn, Marge Monko, the artist and head of the Photography Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Erik Prozes, the photojournalist and the head of the Photographic Editorial board in Postimees were in discussion during the event. The talk was moderated by Anneli Porri, the art historian and critic, the head of and professor at the Art Education Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts.


    > The recording of the discussion is available here (in Estonian)

  • The Association of Estonian Art Institutions 2022

    The Association of Estonian Art Institutions (KAEL) was founded through a collective initiative. The Estonian Union of Photography Artists was a founding member.


    The Association of Estonian Art Institutions is a union for art institutions, art exhibition organizers and different providers of art related services. The aim of the union is to improve cooperation between organizations, to protect the interests of the creative field and to raise awareness in art in the society.


    The homepage of KAEL

  • Tallinn Photomonth

    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.


    Previous editions

    Tallinn Photomonth 2021

    Tallinn Photomonth 2019

    Tallinn Photomonth 2017

    Tallinn Photomonth 2015

    Tallinn Photomonth 2013

    Tallinn Photomonth 2011

  • Art Fair Foto Tallinn
    Art Fair Foto Tallinn 2019, Kai Art Centre. Photo: Aurelia Minev

    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).


    Previous editions

    Art Fair Foto Tallinn 2021

    Art Fair Foto Tallinn 2019

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2016

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2015

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2014

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2013

    Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2012

  • Display of FOKU artists at ARS Art Factory 2020–
    Works by Marge Monko, Cloe Jancis and Tarvo Varres

    Since December 2022 – Karel Koplimets, Sigrid Viir, Kristina Õllek

    February 2020 – November 2022 – Cloe Jancis, Paul Kuimet, Marge Monko, Tarvo Varres


    Location: Galerii 125, ARS Art Factory, Tallinn

    More info

  • 16 mm film programme “Sleep Through the Present”
    João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Sleeping on a bullet train, 2014-2015. 16 mm film, colour, optical sound. 8 min.

    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.


  • The Others Art Fair 2019
    Helen Melesk, Hedi Jaansoo and Laura Cemin at The Others Art Fair in Torino, 2019

    The Others Art Fair ’19



    Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku) participated at The Others Art Fair in Turin with the works by Tarvo Varres “The Shadow of a Flame” (2013) and Hedi Jaansoo “Everything’s instantly a memory and tiny golden things on the floor” (2019).


    The two artworks, both dominant on their own, presented together in this context to reveal the delicate balance in the spatial and temporal conditions of a fair. The dialogue between them appears through accuracy, fragility and abundance, to create the experience of tension. Varres’s works reveal traces of living, fragments of everyday life, which is similarly addressed by Hedi Jaansoo. A detective approach is visible in both works – a direct illumination of the footprints and scattering of the evidence around the exhibition space.


    Hedi Jaansoo was awarded the prize Artist in Residency at The Others Art Fair. She got to spend a month in Roussas, south of France. The Galerie van Cauwelaert in Berlin has instituted the prize in collaboration with the fair. The Curatorial Board was composed of Lorenzo Bruni, Amélie Quillet, Romualdo Demidenko, Yulia Belousova and Simone Ciglia. Foku’s participation at The Others Art Fair ’19 was generously supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

  • Artists' Moving Image Programme “Trial and Error”
    Kaisa Maasik and Kulla Laas (the curators of 'Trial and Error') in Tramway, Glasgow, 2018

    Artists’ Moving Image Programme “Trial and Error” in Tramway, Glasgow



    Participated artists: Flo Kasearu, Mari-Leen Kiipli, Paul Kuimet, Laura Kuusk and Camille Laurelli, Marge Monko, Mark Raidpere, Liina Siib, Ingel Vaikla

    Curators: Kulla Laas and Kaisa Maasik


    The Artists’ Moving Image Programme “Trial and Error” took place part of the Estonian culture festival “Estonia Now” and aimed to introduce Estonian culture on an international scale. The festival was proposed and co-produced by the Estonian Embassy in London, as part of the Estonian Republic centenary celebrations.


    The pieces screened at the exhibition “Trial and Error” fell within a thematic framework of everydayness and human attempts in coping with it. In a variety of ways, the selected works opened up daily life and simple routines, but all with a constant tension vibrating in the background. The potential for failure is permanently present, but to live and grow means at once to connect error to trial, again and again.


    A curatorial tour for the programme took place on Monday, 12 November at 3pm.

    “Trial and Error” was accompanied by a TalkSeePhotography event, “Contemporary Love”, at CCA Glasgow on Monday, 12 November. A screening of artists’ short films curated by multidisciplinary artist Marge Monko (EST) was followed by a discussion event moderated by the Glasgow based video artist Stina Wirfelt.


    The programme was organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Estonia and the Estonian Embassy in London, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, CCA Glasgow and TalkSeePhotography. Co-produced by Tramway.

  • The Others Art Fair 2018
    Mari-Leen Kiipli's 'Passiflora' at The Others Art Fair in Torino, 2019

    The Others Art Fair ’18



    Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku) presented Mari-Leen Kiipli at The Others Art Fair ’18 in Turin, Italy. Kiipli’s work combines different mediums like video, photography and installation. Her site-specific installations often draw attention to the viewers physical presence and sense of time. Kiipli’s video installation Passiflora creates an environment of transparencies and reflections, using slow-motion HD videos on translucent screens and semi-transparent mirrors that propose multiple perspectives of the space.

    Foku was awarded the prize in the section of Expanded Screen at The Others Art Fair! The award was assigned by an international jury composed of Andrea Ponsini, Renata Bellanova and Alejandro Alonso Diaz.


    Foku’s participation at The Others Art Fair ’18 was generously supported by Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, European Union European Regional Development Fund, Department of Photography at Estonian Academy of Arts, Trumpit.

  • Poppositions Art Fair 2017
    Paul Kuimet, "Exposure", film still, 2016

    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
    Anna-Stina Treumund, MacGyver’s Triangle, 2015. Courtesy of the artist

    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

    Crash Course of 2017, studio visit and Silent Disco workshop at Laura Kuusk’s studio at ARS building.

    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: fotokursus@artun.ee