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KUNST.EE SPRING ISSUE STILL ON SALE: "The fact that the artist is a beggar who essentially pays the state for art – for the opportunity to make art – was articulated very clearly in Estonia in the noughties by female artists in particular." – Eha Komissarov: "The noughties are a very difficult theme to brand.(KUNST.EE 2/2021)


Power in the field of art 2010: attempts to approach and define power based on the history of Estonian art

Raivo Kelomees (3-4/2010)

Raivo Kelomees on power
An art power is usually understood to be someone who finances and defines art and artists. Art power means possessing spiritual and material means (money, free exhibition grounds, prestigious publishing opportunities, the majority of the votes in commissions handing out important state prizes etc). But the supporters of certain ideas as well as the intensity of spreading certain thoughts can also become an art power. In a democratic country we are constantly trying to achieve a situation where publishing opportunities and the control of resources are not concentrated in the hands of a few individuals or groups. But it is possible to belong to a clan or group even on the basis of sharing the same ideas, belonging to the same generation or finding a soul mate. As Estonia is so small, the transformations happen quickly; at the same time however, it is more difficult to rock the established state of power. Art power and the fight for it also raises a question – who exactly has the right to give meanings to things? Who will name the process and who defines artists? As a rule, art power has become dissolved between different art critics, institutions and organizers.
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