Works by Larry Achiampong, María Dalberg, Nona Inescu, Ad Minoliti, Juana Subercaseaux, Nazim Ünal Yilmaz, and Maya Watanabe will add discourses that diversify Subbi’s subject matter through the critical perspective of a contemporary context. From diverse fields of study, landscape is problematized into the fields of eco-feminism, eco-nationalism, queer theory, historical revisionism, and Afrofuturism. Adding critical angles to Subbi’s work as well as the context in which he worked, the creative explosion that took place under the post-Stalinist regime of censorship will create parallels to adverse conditions that continue to this day. In our global context of rising censorship and state authoritarianism alongside ecological collapse, Subbi’s attitude and historical value provide lessons from a time when freedom was not taken for granted.
Olev Subbi’s focus on colour and a painterly tradition is deeply rooted in the local and his portraits and compositions express the omnipresence of landscape through interiors and the mind. In his paintings, the exterior enters the home as it enters the human body, expressing a kind of synchronicity with the environment that relates both to Estonian identity and new ecologies. This exhibition begins from the tenet that each generation re-evaluates their predecessors, just as Subbi valued his own consistent references, and that changing worlds require the recovery of local artistic heritages. The semi-abstract colour-fields weave together a thesis of the persistence of memory and the inescapable imprint of landscape on conceptions of tomorrow.
Àngels Miralda is an independent curator and writer who lives in Terrassa, Catalonia.
Born 1990, she grew up between Barcelona, Cambridge UK, Philadelphia, and Princeton NJ. Recent curated exhibitions have taken place at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga; GMK, Zagreb; Curated by festival at Zeller van Almsick, Vienna; Museum of Angra do Heroísmo, Azores Islands; lítost, Prague; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Chile. She has published catalogues with the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Galería Patricia Ready, Santiago de Chile; and Jerwood Foundation, London among others.
Gallery name: Tallinn Art Hall
Address: Vabaduse väljak 8, Tallinn
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Open: 25.07.2020 - 04.10.2020