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"I have used the comparison of [---] perforated skin, which does not cover, hide or adorn but rather hints at the internal." – Reet Varblane answers Hedi Rosma's questions about Anu Põder, whose works have been included in "The Milk of Dreams", the main exhibition of the ongoing 59th International Venice Art Biennale. "Untold backstories: Anu Põder (1947–2013) and her posthumous rise to international fame" (KUNST.EE 3/2022)

 

Through crises

Andreas Trossek (3-4/2010)

The curator Maria-Kristiina Soomre answers questions for KUNST.EE (Andreas Trossek) in relation to this year’s video art exhibition Everything Is Going to Be Alright organized by Kumu.
 
We cannot and do not even try to hide the fact that this exhibition stems from the economic crisis, but material circumstances are definitely not the main pathos and activating force behind the project. Yes, the selection of works might have been a bit different if the situation had not been so restrictive, but it is hard to say now whether the exhibition in general would have gained anything by this or not. Personally, while visiting exhibitions and considering the way they have changed, I have started to pay more attention to space. Space plays a leading and encompassing role in the logic of exhibitions, and in the process of viewing the works as well as "directing" how the exhibition itself is viewed. So yes, we consciously aimed to work thoroughly with space and the succession of pieces to direct the movement of the viewer as well as control the sound as best as we could. The selection of works stemmed from Eija-Liisa Athila’s piece The House (2002) – it has long been an obsession of mine, meaning that I have thought of exhibiting it in Estonia for a long time and this moment seemed to be suitable. As the exhibition does not have a thematic axis, and it could in a way be seen as survey exhibition, the final selection of works was based on how the pieces related to each other and what kind of ‘mood’ they created in relation to each other.
Marina Abramovic. Holding Milk (The Kitchen Series) 2009 < back

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