Contemporary Art Exhibition “(In)visible dreams and streams” in Tallin ARS Project room

The Contemporary Art Exhibition “(In)visible dreams and streams is opened in Tallinn, ARS Project room (Pärnu mnt 154) from February 3rd until March 3rd. The contemporary art exhibition presenting 22 artists and art producers from the Baltics and the Nordics. The intention of the exhibition curator Maija Rudovska has been both to show the growth of the ideas, their transformations and developments as well as to create a space for possible reenactment, giving an opportunity to look back, to resurrect and reflect on the projects.

“The (In)visible dreams and streams” is a project reflecting upon the creation of artwork in time, when it is projected in different time categories, contexts and situations. The project’s underlying premise is the desire to reflect on the past works – on those, which have been implemented and archived. The exhibition participants were asked to reproduce, transform and revive past creations; to finish what was once started or to highlight what’s incomplete, thereby shifting focus from the present to the past and vice versa. Some of the exhibition’s artworks are old ideas brought into nowadays, some are sequential continuation of old beginnings, while some works are new, created for this specific situation and the exhibition’s particular setting.

A crucial principle here has been transformation – the moment when it is possible to change from one state into another by adjusting, adapting and transferring the existing elements into a new situation or context. Appropriation as an instrument for creation; camouflage as a game, which helps both to disguise and to illuminate. In this process of re-creation the relationship between past, present and future gets complicated.

This exhibition was born in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, celebrated in 2016. All three offices serve as local culture points and collaboration partners to the Nordic Culture Point in making the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture visible in the Baltic countries. Conceptually the exhibition is devoted to and based on the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture which has been operating in Baltic countries since 2009 and in the Nordic countries since 2007. The programme is co-financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Participants: Ieva Epnere (LV), Sarah Gerats (NO), Steffen Håndlykken (NO), Maija Luutonen (FI), Jenna Sutela (FI), Hanna Nilsson (SE), Saskia Holmkvist (SE), Ylva Westerlund (SE), Merike Estna (EE), Sigrid Viir (EE), Mihkel Ilus (EE), Maarja Tõnisson (EE), Lina Lapelytė (LT), Lise Haurum (DK), Kasper Akhøj (DK), Hildigunnur Birgisdóttir (IS), Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir (IS), Supernova (Zane Onckule (LV)), Rupert (Justė Jonutytė (LT), Natalie Diaz (US), Lars Laumann (NO), Cecilia Lopez (AR), Thomas Tsang (MY))

Exhibition curator: Maija Rudovska (LV). Organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latviam, in co-operation with the Nordic Council of Minsters Office in Estonia, Estonian Artists' Association and ARS Project room. The exhibition is opened Wed-Sun 12-18.

Photos from the openig event in Tallinn