Participating artists: Susanne Bürner, Kris Lemsalu, Mikk Madisson, Ivan Moudov, Rabih Mroué, Hito Steyerl, Laivi Suurväli, Danila Tkachenko and Ivar Veermäe
Curator: Sten Ojavee
On Friday 10 March Tartmus will open the international group exhibition “On Disappearing And For Vanishing”. Works by nine contemporary artists will be shown, all in one way or another dealing with the theme of disappearance from present-day society. The aim of the exhibition is to discover the aspects that facilitate the disappearance of a person and to offer the viewer different approaches to the beauty and the tragedy of vanishing. The exhibition will remain open until 29 May.
There are good and bad reasons for disappearing from society and there are better and worse ways to do it. This exhibition looks at the reasons for disappearance (why people decide to disappear) and the various methods of achieving it. Most disappearances have been shadowed by negative and tragic events that are then broadcast through the media. In parallel with these events, the topic of escaping is also considered, with its aim of leaving a bad situation and striving for a more fulfilling life.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication that works as a guide, containing an introduction to the exhibition and essays explaining the works. The 32-page Estonian and English booklet was edited by Sten Ojavee, and the graphic designer of both the exhibition and the booklet is Viktor Gurov. For visitors the publication is free.
On 14 April, the survival instructor Erki Vaikre will talk about the possibilities of disappearing from Estonian society and the means of surviving. Vaikre will be interviewed by the curator, Sten Ojavee. Guided tours and meetings with the artists will also take place.
Additional information on the exhibition’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/
Press photo: Documentation of the work Teleporting Machine by Ivan Moudov. Photo: Alexander Gerganov
Exhibition design and graphic design: Viktor Gurov
Exhibition team: Marika Agu, Nele Ambos, Rael Artel, Karl Feigenbaum, Margus Joonsalu, Aap Kirsel, Martin Luiga, Rein Muuluka, Julia Polujanenkova, Kristel Sibul, Ago Teedema, Urmo Teekivi, Airi Triisberg
Lenders: Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn
Supporter: Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Special thanks: Retro-Boho-Vintage Stuudio
Thanks: Markus Åström, Christiane Berndes, Virginija Januskevičiūtė, Tartu Kunstimaja, Valerie Oleynik, AS Retent, Constanza Zähringer, Marcia Vissers