Merike Estna was born in 1980 in Estonia. lives and works in London. The work of Merike Estna is largely invested in the processes of painting, as a way of approaching the artwork as an integral part of life rather than about life. In her process-based work, Estna is embedding patterns and colour combinations from the crafts and applied arts, vocabularies which have not traditionally been accepted in the visual language of painting. Thus, her work is challenging the masculine territory of painting and questioning
the strict visual separation between painting and craft discourses. Initially subjecting canvases to such patterns and application-based treatments. Estna gradually progressed to cover clothes, objects and entire spaces with cottonwool colours, gradually expanding her research into colour and the acts of painting, the possibilities of experiencing and looking at things.
Flo Kasearu was born in1985. Sh studied painting and photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She was an exchange student at the Rebecca Horn studio at Berlin University of the Arts, where she started doing performance and video art. She is interested in a variety of subjects from researching public and private space and the analysis of national values and crowd behaviour to playing
with questions of freedom and economic depression.Using mostly video, installation and public actions, Flo Kasearu examines subjects such as production, creativity and social responsibility. She uses her research to edit together, perform or stage slightly awkward and surreal situations in light of which real life issues shift into focus responding to Kasearu’s attempt to challenge the very way in which they are commonly addressed. Her works have been exhibited widely inside and outside of Estonia.
Laura Kuusk was born in 1982. Shu is a photographer with a background in semiotics. After graduating from the Estonian Academy of
Arts, she moved to Grenoble in the south of France. Since 2010, she has been attending the experimental post-diploma studies at the Annecy Higher Art School. In her work, Kuusk studies the narrative situation in art, focusing on the gaze, the (power) relationships between viewer and image, and various means of producing narratives.
He was born in 1974 in Meremäe. His career as a sculptor started with minimalist installations both in galleries and outdoors, soon followed by video images radiating existential anxiety and then returning again in later work to a more restrained minimalist product not easily distinguishable from industrial wastelands on the outskirts of town.
Maarit Murka was born in 1981. She graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and has had her works presented in private and group exhibitions in various countries including France, Romania, Germany, Russia and the United States.Murka
paints photorealistic self-portraits, but also uses video in her projects that have a strong conceptual emphasis. Murka actively uses her
own self-perception and image and is not afraid of the media. She continuously exposes her self-image to depictions of the body, fears and environment.
Jaanus Samma is a visual artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. Samma studied printmaking at the Fine Art department of Estonian Academy of the Arts, acquiring a BA in 2005. He later attended at École superieure Estienne des Arts et Industries graphiques, France.
Timo Toots was born in 1982 and. He is media artist, photographer. He studied computer science at Tartu University, but found the course boring without the opportunity for creative output. His studies in photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts started the process that led him to new media art discourse.
Anna-Stina Treumund is a young artist, who lives and works in Tallinn. She is doing her doctoral studies in the Estonian Academy of Arts about queering heteronormative culture. Anna-Stina uses photography and video as medium for expressing her thoughts and ideas about the visibility of queer women and feminism. She is one of the first artists in Estonia, who is a self-identified
lesbian and has explicated the role and position of this marginal group in Estonian society through her work. In her most significant personal exhibition “Me, You and Everyone We Don't Know” (2010) she deconstructed stereotypical images of a lesbian women and gave society some ideas about how to see the world from her viewpoint.
Anu Vahtra was born in 1982, Estonia. She received her BA in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2005 and she graduated in 2007 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (photography department). She exhibited in several international places like the Daegu Photo Biennale (South-Korea), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam) and the Contemporary Art Centre of Vilnius. She had solo exhibitions in Amsterdam and Tallin. In 2015 she was the winner of the Köler Prize and also nominated for the Kristjan Raud Prize. In 2014 she was nominated for the Sandolin Art Prize as well. She participated in several residency programs, for example in Lithuania and Norway. She lives and works in Tallin.
Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia) is an installation artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Her work focuses on issues of technology, evolutionary processes, digital imagery and corporate aesthetics. Novitskova is interested in investigating how, "media actively redefines the world and culture, and everything," related to art, nature and commerce. Key themes in her practice have evolved from an interest in post-internet art practices, technology and the biological evolution within the current geological era (the Anthropocene). A re-occurring theme in her works are images of animals sourced online which appear larger than life in her installations and are digitally printed onto aluminium. These works belong specifically to a series of images titled Approximation. By lifting images from their "natural" habitat she demonstrates the evolutionary processes of technological advancement, economic expansion and positivistic adaptations to flora, fauna and humankind.
Marge Monko lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Monko’s solo exhibitions have been held in Tallinn, Helsinki and Budapest.Marge Monko is an artist working primarily with photography, installation and moving images. She is interested in how these mediums are and have been used as tools in science, state institutions, publicity, etc. Most of her works have a link to some historical event and are influenced by psychoanalysis, feminism and theories of visual culture. Depending on the subject, Monko employs methods including documenting, staging and appropriating- often combining these different approaches.
Kristi Kongi was born in 1985. She graduated from the Tartu Art College and the Estonian Academy of Art (MA cum laude) with a degree in painting and has also studied at the Lahti University of Applied Sciences. She has had personal exhibitions in Tallinn and Tartu art institutions, in Vilnius, Riga and Helsinki. In 2013, she received the Sadolin Art Prize, the oldest private capital-based art prize in Estonia.
Laura Põld (b. 1984 in Tallinn) is a visual artist based in Tallinn and Vienna. Põld is mainly working with the poetics of ‘place’. She is synthesizing the exhibition space with material sensitive and narrative elements, creating staged landscapes characterized by plasticity and painterly aesthetics. Põld has been part of several projects and shows in Estonia, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, Japan, Iran etc.
The work of visual artist Ivar Veermäe (born 1982 in Tallinn, Estonia; lives in Berlin) circles around questions of public and private space, mediation processes, architecture and infrastructure, information technology and networks. As a result of long-term artistic research by means of photography, film and sound, his works are presented in versatile ways (such as video, on-site installations, interactive works and performances, also in public space). Ivar Veermäe aims to document and analyze the infrastructure underlying our contemporary culture of data and information. Concentrating on physical and local presence, confronting it with its representations creates a possibility for questions and doubts. His interest lays in hidden or stealty qualities of various spaces and objects.
Kristina Õllek (b. 1989) is a visual artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. She is working in the field of photography, video and installation, with a focus on investigating contemporary visual culture as well as the actual mode of mediation of the representation process. She is interested in stretching out the boundaries of what can we see and use as of an image and space, especially now in the age of rapidly developing and highly manipulative technology. She questions the relations between space, object and image, considering the blurred context of the original and the copy. In her practice she requently uses situations when fact and fiction, synthetic and natural, copy and original intertwine with each other and become a hybrid object / matter to obtain new and reconsidered meaning. Her work is often site-sensitive and analyses the location and the format of exhibition making, questioning the display and the politics of installation in a perspective of a historical museum to an online space and future archeology. Furthermore, she's interested in the phenomenon of exhibition documentation as artifacts, notably regarding the way its position has changed in the digital era.
Kris Lemsalu (b. 1985) is an artist based in Berlin and Tallinn. She studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Danmarks Designskole in Copenhagen, and Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Having studied ceramics, Lemsalu often experiments with traditional techniques to create multilayered works. Her staged installations combine delicate porcelain sculptures cast as animal and human body parts or objects of clothing with found natural materials like fur, leather or wool. These can act as self-sufficient narratives, or alternatively as a stage for Lemsalu’s performances, the sculptures sometimes becoming a part of her costumes and props. For her recent works, the artist collaborated with musicians adding a further element to her performances
Mihkel Ilus is a visual artist, whose main focus is painting and its extended field. Ilus often works with large-scale installations where painting plays the central role. In the practice of Ilus, contemporary exhibition culture and performance practices are inextricably intertwining. Recently Ilus has been concentrating on the distinction of objecthood as such in conditions of the white cube and black box situations.
Paul Kuimet was born in 1984. He works with photography and 16mm film through the immersive form of spatial installations. His works are characterised by their mediated technical vision. His photographs and films depicting architecture and environments bring forth a sense of place that can only be experienced through the mediating and affecting apparatus of the camera; this is the case even when, at first glance, the figures appear realistic or natural. Kuimet creates illusions by shifting both the viewer’s way of looking and the order of the frames.
Eike Eplik was born in 1982. Sheis a sculptor and installation artist. She uses nature motifs for constructing narrative, utilises the gallery space from floor to ceiling, works with sculpting techniques from classic plaster casting to paper and wood assemblage and found objects. The processes in her art are partly subconscious and not always fully explainable. When preparing exhibitions Eplik relies on improvisation – to the extent material allows, of course.
Kristina Õllek was born in 1989. She is a visual artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. She is working in the field of photography, video and installation, with a focus on investigating contemporary visual culture as well as the actual mode of mediation of the representation process. She is interested in stretching out the boundaries of what can we see and use as of an image and space, especially now in the age of rapidly developing and highly manipulative technology. She questions the relations between space, object and image, considering the blurred context of the original and the copy. In her practice, she requently uses situations when fact and fiction, synthetic and natural, copy and original intertwine with each other and become a hybrid object/matter to obtain new and reconsidered meaning. Her work is often site-sensitive and analyses the location and the format of exhibition-making, questioning the display and the politics of installation in a perspective of a historical museum to an online space and future archaeology. Furthermore, she's interested in the phenomenon of exhibition documentation as artifacts, notably regarding the way its position has changed in the digital era.
Mari-Leen Kiipli was born in 1988. She creates photos, videos and installations that focus mainly on the unspoken, cognitive features of spaces and situations. As an attentive viewer, wanderer, and researcher, she has created her vision of genres such as nature documentaries, sports coverage, or nature photography, where she often depicts her own focused and sensitive presence or even improvisational movement in found places. Her works are both enchanting and confusing. Mari-Leen Kiipli has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Pallas University of Applied Sciences, attended exchange studies in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.
Cloe Jancis (b. 1992) is an artist who lives in Tallinn. She mainly works with photography, video and installation. Jancis is currently obtaining MA degree in contemporary arts in the faculty of fine arts, Estonian Academy of Arts. The artist is intrigued by the daily roles of a woman, the territories between these roles as well as the feelings accompanying the performance of a role such as anxiety, anticipation and desire. Jancis often refers to the interconnection between personal and public space as well as emphasizes the delicate border between existence and slipping from a role into another. Her recent exhibitions include “Meanwhile” in Hobusepea gallery (2020, with Maris Karjatse), “Waiting for Eternity” in Draakon gallery (2019) and “Between You and This” in Haapsalu City Gallery (2019). Her work was recently gifted by Outset Contemporary Art Fund to Fotomuseum Winterthur.
Sigrid Viir (b. 1979) is a photo and installation artist who lives and works in Tallinn. She has studied cultural theory in the Estonian Institute of Humanities and graduated the department of photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. As an artist, Viir is interested in the daily aspects of human existence and the related tangle of social agreements, the borderline between the totality of work and personal time of rest as well as the themes of visual language. Sigrid is one of the three members of art collective Visible Solutions LLC. She has actively taken part in exhibitions both in Estonia and abroad. Sigrid Viir has received the Young Artist Award (2009), in 2011 she was nominated for the Köler Prize, she has participated in Manifesta 9-1 (2012) with Visible Solutions LLC and has received the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia twice (2013, 2019). Her recent exhibitions include “False Vacationer” held at the Contemporary Art Museum Estonia (2019), “Wide Angle: Photography Out of Bounds”, FotoFocus Biennale, Cincinnati (2018), “Awful Pretty Pipe Neck” in Hobusepea gallery (2016) and “Import Export” in Temnikova & Kasela Gallery (2016, with Jimmy Limit).