PRESS RELEASE

ALISSA NIRGI (1993) will open her personal exhibition Two by two in Hobusepea gallery on Wednesday at 6pm on February 22nd, 2017.

Alissa Nirgi is a photography artist who lives and work in Tallinn. She has obtained BA degree from the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2016. Nirgi is currently studying at the refreshment training course on visual art therapy at Tallinn University. In 2015, Alissa Nirgi was awarded the Eduard Wiiralt Grant. Among her works of wider recognition there are photography project „A new land outside my window“ (exhibited in 2015-2016 in several exhibitions, including EKA Gallery during Tallinn Photo Month; Dymchuk gallery in Kiev, Ukraine; and Riga Photography Biennale) and public space photo installation „Kaspar is sitting“ (2015, exhibited in public space of Tallinn, Estonia).

In her work, Nirgi uses documentary approach and is mostly inspired by alienation from one's environment, accommodation and the sense of belonging. While being intrigued by the subjects such as migration and language barrier, the artist focuses on human beings or human groups who are in a way between two environments – they have either been separated from or forced to leave their habitual enviroment and they are strangers in their new surroundings.

At her current exhibition in Hobusepea gallery, Alissa Nirgi presents a photo series that has been completed in collaboration with eight Mormon missionaries serving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tallinn, Pärnu and Tartu. Nirgi asked the missionaries to take photos with disposable cameras about their favourite places, people, objects and situations in order to find out about their personal preferences.

Exhibition will be open until March 13, 2017.

Thanks to: Terje Nirgi, Kaspar Kiinvald, Mari Armei

Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.

ALISSA NIRGI

b.1993 in Jõhvi, Estonia
Lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia
www.alissanirgi.com

Education
2013–2016 Estonian Academy of Arts, Photography BA

Additional education
2016–         Tallinn University, basis of visual art therapy, one year training

Solo exhibitions
2017 Two by two, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
2016 A New Land Outside My Window, Dymcuk Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine
2015 A New Land Outside My Window, Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland, curated by Laura
        Toots
2015 Kaspar is Sitting, Tallinn Photomonth satellite program, in public space of Tallinn, Estonia
2015 A New Land Outside My Window, Tallinn Photomonth satellite program, EKA Galerii
        (EAA Gallery), Tallinn, Estonia, curated by Laura Toots

Group exhibitions
2016 –, EKA Galerii (EAA Gallery), Tallinn, Estonia
2016 –, Haapsalu City gallery, Estonia
2016 A New Land Outside My Window, Riga Photography Biennale program
2015 Young Professionals, Panzerhalle, Zingst, Germany
2015 ó, Rüütelkonna building, Tallinn, Estonia
2014 Exhibition for Kopli Girls, Nancy Nakamura Shelf of Ideas, Tallinn, Estonia, curated by
         Liina Pääsuke
2014 ISSP 2014 Exhibition, Kuldīga Town Library Arts Hall, Kuldīga, Latvia

Art fairs
2016 Estonian Photography Art Fair, Tallinn
2014 FOR SHOWING/FOR SELLING, organized by Rundum Artist-Run Space, SadaMarket,
        Tallinn, Estonia

Workshops
2015 ISSP one-year long masterclass Beyond Photojournalism, led by Yuri Kozyrev (RUS) and
        Andrei Polikanov (RUS), Kuldīga, Latvia ja Braga, Portugal
2014 ISSP workshop Multimedia Storytelling, led by Adrian Kelterborn (ENG), Pelći, Latvia

Awards and grants
2015 Eduard Wiiralt scholarship, Estonian Ministry of Culture

Bibliography

Articles
Interview with A New Land Outside My Window book author Theodor Kallifatides (ENG)

Publications
2015 Kaspar is Sitting, self-published, Tallinn, Estonia

Works in collections
Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland