Siiri Jüris “matter that (em)bodies”


From 13 February, the project space of the Tartu Art Museum will host the exhibition “matter that (em)bodies” by Siiri Jüris (b 1992).
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no opening ceremony. The exhibition is open to the general public from the morning of 13 February.

The show focuses on depictions of the body and physical contact. The bodies depicted in the multilayered and thickly painted works of Jüris fall somewhere in the in-between: at times they are realistic and figurative but sometimes abstract and non-figurative, forcing the viewer’s gaze to penetrate various layers.

In 2008–2012, Jüris studied decoration and stylising in the Tartu Art School. Her bachelor’s (2015) and master’s (2017) degrees in painting are from the University of Tartu. Since 2019, Jüris has been in the master’s programme of the Royal Institute of Art in Sweden.

“matter that (em)bodies” by Siiri Jüris is part of the Tartu Art Museum’s exhibition series “Young Tartu”, which provides opportunities for young artists associated with Tartu. The series has previously featured solo exhibitions by Sten Eltermaa (“Brussels’ Prelude: The Liminal Zone”, 2017), Keiu Maasik (“The Three Brothers”, 2018) and Mirjam Hinn (“High Voltage”, 2019).

Curator: Kristlyn Liier
Graphic design: Katrin Kelpman

Exhibition team: Richard Adang, Indrek Grigor, Joanna Hoffmann, Margus Joonsalu, Jaanika Kuznetsova, Katrin Lõoke, Anti Saar, Kristel Sibul, Peeter Talvistu, Kristo Tamm

Supporters: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Art&Tonic gallery


“matter that (em)bodies” exhibition booklet 


Exhibition views
Photographer Taavi Piibemann