International contemporary art biennial Tallinn Photomonth (1 September – 29 October) opens on 1 September with the group exhibition Image Drain curated by Anthea Buys at Tallinn Art Hall and the Museum of Photography. A second international group exhibition curated by Stefanie Hessler opens on 22 September at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM).
The programme of the 4th edition of Tallinn Photomonth also includes exhibitions at Kanuti Gild basement hall, ARS Project space, Puänt Bookshop, Telliskivi Creative City, Freedom square, EKKM and Kumu Art Museum. A film programme at cinema Sõprus and visits to artists’ studios are also part of the main programme.
This year’s Tallinn Photomonth expands to Narva, the border city between Estonia and Russia, organising a residency programme and exhibitions at the Narva Art Residency and Narva Art Gallery.
Artists participating in the main programme of Photomonth: Andrew Amorim, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Victoria Durnak, Mathijs van Geest, Viktor Gurov, Hans Hansen, Carl Johan Högberg, Henri Hütt, Mihkel Ilus, Hedi Jaansoo, Jacob Jessen, Toril Johannessen, Tuukka Kaila, Kirke Kangro, Maria Kapajeva, David Kasprzak, Paul Kuimet, Laura Kuusk, Karl Larsson, Anna Mari Liivrand, Herkki Erich Merila, Marge Monko, Tanja Muravskaja, Neandertal Cave School, Alissa Nirgi, Paul Paper, Oskari Parkkinen, Antonis Pittas, Laura Põld, Birgit Püve, Kristel Raesaar, Mark Raidpere, Kristin Reiman, Rundum, Gabriel Sierra, Pire Sova, Mårten Spångberg, Ellen Suhrke, Triin Tamm, André Tehrani, Peeter Tooming, James Webb, Sigrid Viir and Kristina Õllek.
Curators of exhibitions and events: Anu Allas, Anthea Buys, Stefanie Hessler, Liisa Kaljula, Merilin Talumaa, Annika Toots, Ingel Vaikla and Anneli Porri.
One of the highlights of the main programme is the Estonian Photographic Art Fair (29 September – 1 October) being the first and only contemporary art fair in Estonia. This year’s fair introduces the works of 38 artists, five galleries and five project spaces.
In addition to the main programme, Photomonth also introduces a gallery programme in Tallinn galleries: Olga Chernysheva at Temnikova & Kasela Gallery; Kristin Reiman at Hobusepea Gallery; Holger Loodus at the Art Hall Gallery; Birgit Püve at City Gallery; a group show curated by Madli Ehasalu at Mihhail Gallery; Kristi Kongi at Vaal Gallery; Tarvo Varres at Draakon Gallery; Henri Hütt at Hobusepea Gallery, and Kristina Õllek and Kert Viiart at Hobusepea Gallery.
An integral part of Photomonth is its public and education programme highlighting connections between exhibitions and expanding topics relevant to the programme. Public events include lectures, book launches, artist talks, guided tours, workshops and an education programme for schools.
In addition to being the most ambitious exhibition and event programme to date, this year’s edition of Photomonth has also initiated a Professional Week – an intensive period from 26 September to 1 October full of networking events and a special programme.
Tallinn Photomonth emphasises the need to speak about decisive topics in society. It is important for Photomonth to be diverse and intertwined in terms of artists, curators and its different audiences as well as selecting exhibition spaces with various histories and capacities.
The directors of Tallinn Photomonth ’17 are Kadri Laas and Laura Toots. Tallinn Photomonth biennial is organised by the Estonian Union of Photography Artists and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center.