The title of the exhibition is a quote taken from the legendary Estonian TV series Õnne 13 (directly translated as “13 Happiness Street”): the phrase is how the shoemaker Johannes, a classically jovial and wise old man, used to greet any guest knocking on his door. This essentially friendly utterance expresses openness and hospitality even before the host has seen the newly arrived acquaintance or stranger. Today, years after the TV series became a classic, such trust in the unknown seems unexpectedly relevant, almost like a political statement, and is therefore worth recalling. But, within the context of this exhibition, it is also an absurd invitation: you are asked, without any guarantee whatsoever, to enter a distorted-mirror environment which is rooted in things mundane or personal and aims to take a more general stand on contemporary neuroses and tensions.
The exhibition consists of works by three artists who, despite working in different media and completely dissimilar aesthetics, speak somewhat similar languages. The art practices of Edith Karlson, Eva Mustonen and Mary Reid Kelley can, in the broadest of terms, be characterised as narrative art that uses fiction as a method. In their works, this takes the form of allegorical, autobiographical or mythological narratives, and is also manifested through the creation of strong characters (people as well as objects) and mostly dramatic events. In other words, all three artists are essentially type-wise storytellers who use both words and visual images, often combining the two, to tell their stories.
The exhibition is curated by Triin Tulgiste.
Gallery name: Kumu exhibition spaces
Address: Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1, Tallinn
Opening hours: Tue, Fri-Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Open: 14.10.2019 - 29.03.2020