Kunstihoone / Art Hall, Tallinn
Heidrun Holzfeind (AT), Marko Mäetamm, Liina Siib, Michel de Broin (CA), Marco Laimre, Thomas Mailaender (FR), Jaanus Samma, Armands Zelchs (LV), Johnson ja Johnson, Andrus Lauringson, Gustavo Artigas (MX), Taavi Piibemann, Toomas Thetloff, Anssi Kasitonni (FI), Neeme Külm, Mare Mikof, Kristof Kintera (CZ), Rene Reinumäe
Curator: Kirke Kangro
There is a lot of aggression and adrenaline in this exhibition in the Art Hall. When I was a bit disappointed about the missing confrontations in the "confrontations" exhibition at the same spot this summer, "revenge" offer a lot of revenge on several victims.
We see the biker's revenge on the polluting cars, the female revenge on men, the Estonian revenge on Russia, the man's revenge on his family, the artist's revenge on the sponsors, the immigrants' revenge on the native Estonians.
Worth noticing is the attention Marko Mäetamm gets, with three different pieces. An animation video, paintings on dinner plates and recipies for cannibal dishes(!) At the same time the Art Hall Gallery (Kunstihoone Galerii) shows a solo exhibition by Mäetamm, "30 stories and 4 cockroaches".
Keep On Smoking - Michel de Broin
A bicycle installation and a video showing how the bike exhales smoke as it moves. Great concept, putting focus on pollution, even if the biker still is more exposed to the smoke than the car drivers.
Sponsoring - Thomas Mailaender
Pictures of the artist with sponsors showing checks of sponsor sums. The first photos have reasonable sums, but the last ones are really large. Is he mocking the sponsors or the artist being sponsored?
Ideal World - Toomas Thetloff
You probably see what is missing. Will removing Russia solve all the problems of Estonia? Probably not. Will it solve some problems? Maybe. Will it make some new problems? Sure.
Procession - Andrus Lauringson
A video where all white-skin Estonian folk dancers have been replaced by dark-skin people. People with dark skin is still a rare sight in Estonia. It will probably take a long time before we see processions like this. This movie is probably more provocative in Estonia than in Norway.
Revenge Location - Liina Siib
Newspaper clips and pictures from the spot where family tragedies happened. The hunt for the adresses of the horrible tragedies become a sightseeing.
Powergame I, II, III, IV
Paintings on plates, showing scenes where the mother and children literally tearing the guts out of the man. Family conflict turned bad.