The International selection committee has announced the artists, galleries and project spaces participating in Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017, which will take place in Telliskivi Creative City from 29th of September to 1st of October.
This year’s fair introduces the works of 38 artists, five galleries and five project spaces. Members of the selection committee were Tiina Rauhala, curator of Finnish Museum of Photography, Sonata Baliuckaité, art project manager of Art Vilnius 2017, Marten Esko, director and curator of Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Kadri Laas, project manager of The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, and Estonian artist Taavi Talve.
Artists exhibited at the gallery section of Estonian Photographic Art Fair 2017 are Peeter Laurits (Vaal), Giulia Marchi (IT) (Matèria), Arne Maasik (Haus), Diana Tamane (KOGO) and Alan Proosa (Okapi).
The fair also introduces 11 artists from five project spaces: Nampei Akaki (JP), Stanisław Legus (PL), Weronika Ławniczak (PL), Bao Ting (CN), Johann Winkelmann (DE), Vova Vorotniov (UA) and Janek Zamoyski (PL) from Czułość; Francois Girard-Meunier (CA/NL) from project space GD; Daria Melnikova (LV) from Konstanet; Petra Noordkamp (NL) from Suns and Stars; Shalva Alkhanaidze (GE) from Tbilisi Photo Festival.
The 22 artists selected directly from the open call applications are Adele Watts (GB), Aksel Haagensen, Annika Haas, Birgit Püve, Emanuele Camerini (IT), Eve Kiiler, Helen Prozes, Judit Flóra Schuller (HU), Karel Koplimets, Keiu Maasik, Kristina Õllek, Laura Põld, Leah Beeferman (US/FI), Liisi Eelmaa, Maxim Mjödov, Nita Vera (CL/FI), Paul Kuimet, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Tanja Muravskaja, Theo Elias (SE), Viktor Gurov and Visvaldas Morkevicius (LT/DE).
Furthermore, for the first time, the Photographic Art Fair collaborates with Outset Estonia, the largest private funding initiative to support contemporary art in Estonia. International jury invited to Tallinn will select works by Estonian photographer(s) for acquisition to public collections. Members of the jury are Shoair Mavlian (Tate Modern), Thomas Seelig (Fotomuseum Winterthur), Anu Allas (Kumu Art Museum), and Karin Laansoo (ECADC / Outset Estonia). The decision of the jury will be announced at the opening of the fair.
Estonian Photographic Art Fair is the first and only contemporary art fair in Estonia. It takes place since 2010, every other year it is part of Tallinn Photomonth biennial. The fair aims to introduce recent works of contemporary Estonian and foreign photographic artists and to offer information on strategies of collecting contemporary art. Among local artists the fair has also exhibited the works by foreign artists from Germany, Finland, Russia, France, Latvia and Lithuania. Estonia’s strongest commercial galleries also contribute to the fair.
The fair is accompanied by a programme of guided tours, artist talks, lectures and workshops. The fair also includes a book exhibition.
Estonian Photographic Art Fair is organised by the Estonian Union of Photography Artists (FOKU) and in collaboration with The Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC).