On Friday, 24 January at 5 p.m. the artist Laura Põld and the poet Katrin Väli will open their joint exhibition “Denial” in the large gallery of the Tartu Art House.
This exhibition is a continuation of two earlier joint projects of Põld and Väli: “Natural Shelter” (2019, Fiskars Village Art and Design Biennial, curator Jenni Nurmenniemi) and “Burrows. Flights” (2019, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn). The installation consists of Põld’s ceramic objects and sculptures, display cases containing supporting literature and Väli’s poems. Unlike the previous projects, the fragments from poems have a more organic appearance and therefore relate more closely with the rest of the exhibition.
The Canadian artist Lou Sheppard has written: “Though wonderful and strange objects and ideas emerge from her studio, Põld’s practice is not, necessarily, about doing. Instead it seems to be about becoming a participant in a larger process and her works inquire how we could participate within the networks and systems that surround us.”
The authors add: “The world is full of diverse life that is valuable and important. This is not made valuable by us, the people, but the value is contained within itself. The forms that are presumed natural to the human hand by the sensibilities of the artist have proliferated among other species long before humans and hands. This makes maintaining biodiversity an even more pressing question in today’s Estonia where the habitats that have stood for hundreds of years are being thoughtlessly destroyed. Humans should have more empathy towards other beings!”
The exhibition has been curated by Peeter Talvistu.
The poet and translator Katrin Väli (b 1956, real name Katrin Hallas) lives and works in Tallinn. She has graduated from the Gorki Literature Institute in Moscow and has published twelve collections of poems. Her first collection “Eluase” was published in 1978 and the latest thus far, “Sugulane” in 2018. Her texts have been translated to Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, English and Finnish. Väli herself has translated fiction, mainly poetry. Since 1994 she works as a proofreader at the weekly newspaper “Eesti Ekspress”.
Laura Põld (b 1984) has studied ceramics at the Estonian Academy of Arts, painting at the University of Tartu and sculptural conceptions and ceramics at the University of Art and Design Linz. Besides Estonia, she has presented her oeuvre, that brings together various media, in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, Russia and the United States. Her work has been recognized by the Visual and Applied Art Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (annual award 2014, main prize 2018) and Köler Prize (grand prix 2016). Põld’s last exhibition in Tartu took place in 2016 in the Tartu Art Museum.
The exhibition will remain open until 16 February.
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