Between the Archive and Architecture
Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
– 19 February 2017
“Space is a doubt,” says the writer Georges Perec, explaining, “I have constantly to mark it, to designate it.” The quotation from Perec is the epigraph for the exhibition “Between the Archive and Architecture” and also captures the intention of the represented artists, who all deal with the theme of space.
Space is not a concrete, defined concept and the artists Neeme Külm, Krista Mölder and Taavi Talve, who are mainly working in Tallinn, attempt to approach and explore it in their work. In doing so, the three artists not only enter space as a place, but also as a non-place that is outside the focal point of attention. Space can thereby become both fiction and reality. The exhibition pieces are about more than mere artistic engagement, they also make reference to the environment and the space that surrounds them, and the artists make creative use of it.
For example, the museum building inspired Neeme Külm’s installation and he works with the limitations and possibilities of this environment. From this he has developed a new logic of communication and movement in the exhibition, which he has also designed.
The artist Krista Mölder mainly works in the field of photography and shows new works, which were created during the exhibition as well as reworked older work.
Taavi Talve completes the trio. His film and the accompanying installation, which were created for the exhibition, are based on material that Talve discovered during his research. From this he created a film that mixes fact and fiction and tells the story of an Estonian dancer.