Baton from Kütiorg to Kadriorg. Force. Spirit. Power.
First stop "Force" at Vana-Võromaa Museum and Art Gallery 15.05. – 04.07.2021
Curators Jana Huul, Marje Taska and Reet Varblane, coordinator Stella Mõttus, designer Villu Plink.
Artists Anna Hints, Peeter Laurits, Ivo Lill, Elo Liiv, Raul Meel, Len Murusalu, Terje Ojaver, Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu, Uku Sepsivart and Sanne Sihm (Sweden).
"Force" will be introduced with curators Jana Huul, Marje Taska and Reet Varblane's visualized force conception: notionally charged silver object with text "Sanctus praesens" and a filming of the sanctification of the baton in Kütiorg's sacred natural site Tammetsõõr during the waning crescent moon phase. The development of technology and science hasn't only helped with creating a welfare society but with its recklessness, has initiated an ecological crisis. Primal nature and ancestors' wisdom remind us of the source of the force.
Peeter Laurits has seen force mightier as human, from an eternal perspective ("Gordion's Knot"). Ivo Lill's colourful glass object "Refraction" functions as the symbol of light and its force. Anna Hints' installation "Talks with dead grandmother. Dream nr 26122020" and Swedish artist Sanne Sihm's enormous faces speak of the ancestors' strength. These are in harmony with Terje Ojaver's sculpture "The One-Legged Plow Woman" which is the embodiment of an old woman's toughness. Uku Sepsivart and Elo Liiv ponder about the tracks of human beings: Sepsivart with a bit of absurdity, Liiv depicts the loss of the force of humankind and nature's rebellion. Len Murusalu has interpreted force ("Searching for the Golden Age") from a distance as an observer of the horizon and searching for its moment – the sanctus praesens. Artist duo Villu Plink and Silja Saarepuu's two videos ("Lady's Portrait" and "Gentleman's Portrait") are an example of the force of the almost invisible and seemingly trivial factors. The exhibition finishes with Raul Meel's "Love Spells", manifestation of the force of love.
Recording of Ööülikool will take place on the opening night – Peeter Laurits and Margus Ott will discuss force.
The second stop for the baton is "Spirit", next spring in the University of Tartu Museum, and the third, "Power", in 2023 in Tallinn, Kadriorg Park. The artists of "Force" will give their baton to the artists of "Spirit" and those on to the artists of "Power". The goal of this trilogy is to connect power with the help of spirit to force and find a sacred place also in the hearth of power.
Thanks to: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, KUMU, Guesthouse Taevas, Irene Lill, Ilmar Taska, Indrek Vainu, Tanel Asmer, Indrek Kits, Lauri Kütt, Ago Paabusk, Tiina Mõttus.
Vana-Võromaa Museum and Art Gallery
Katariina alley 11, Võru, Estonia
Wed–Sun 10 a.m – 6 p.m