NOBA Nordic Baltic contemporary art platform

BAGAGE CABINE is about opening up to the other, sharing a view on the world, bringing different cultures together, and discovering. It is also related to establishing links, allowing the artists to circulate their work outside their own land, approaching questions about movement and changeability – the movement of people, works of art and cultures.

The starting point of the show is personal contact between people and with places. The idea is to enliven cultural exchange, discover new creation that is linked with the locations:
France and Estonia. The original idea was also to connect artists in the format of a sustainable international exhibition in which artists and curator come to install and open the show with their works in their hand luggage. However, the situation has changed: flights between France and Estonia have been cancelled, and the works will arrive at Kogo Gallery by courier. The situation recalls the Estonian song “Kosmos-Maa!” (Space-Earth) – communication that takes place through electromagnetic waves without meeting each other. That song was written in 1966. It is a cover of a Western song, like many of our popular songs of that time; the Baltic states were then part of the Soviet Union, behind the so-called Iron Curtain. Nevertheless, some cultural exchange still took place, feeding our curiosity, enriching our culture and keeping alive the thirst for freedom.
But how important is cultural exchange now and how do we keep it going? How should we travel and make contact with other cultures and places? One may also ask: what is the flow of artworks, how and where are they presented, and who looks at them? How curious are we about the current contemporary creations being developed in Europe?
BAGAGE CABINE has been completely redesigned. At the last minute, the last moment. Without the possibility of going there, the exhibition no longer has the same meaning.
That’s why we decided to adapt to the constraints. To question the project, without cancelling it.
Like a world in motion.
The artist fumbles, experiments, moves forward, stops and starts again. They absorb everything that is happening around them and move forward regardless. It is in the image of creation. Move forward in spite of everything, stay engaged with artists, institutions and viewers. It is about building and thinking together the future of the exhibition.
BAGAGE CABINE is the first part of a cycle of exhibitions. As in a round-trip, the shows propose an artistic exchange between two countries: France and Estonia. The first exhibition takes place at Kogo Gallery in Tartu.

Gallery name: Kogo gallery

Address: Kastani 42, Tartu

Opening hours: Wed-Fri 12:00 - 19:00, Sat 12:00 - 18:00 and by appointment, +372 5577592

Open: 11.09.2020 - 17.10.2020