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1.09.–17.10.2021 Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial in Tallinn, Estonia

Directors of Tallinn Photomonth ’21 (from left) Kulla Laas and Merilin Talumaa. Photograph by Hedi Jaansoo.

Tallinn Photomonth wishes you a happy and bright New Year!

The team of Photomonth is pleased to announce that the contemporary art biennial will take place for the 6th time from September 1 to October 17, 2021. The new directors of the Tallinn Photomonth biennial are Kulla Laas and Merilin Talumaa, who have both been involved with the Photomonth before.

The forthcoming biennial will be framed by commitment to collectivity, cooperation and sustainability. In these unstable times, when ingrained values, habitual living and daily work and living environments have changed significantly, the 2021 Photomonth aims to experiment with possibilities that would facilitate coping and adaptation, and contribute to persisting openness and development of the community during times of social isolation.

Tallinn Photomonth is an international biennial of contemporary art, initiated by the Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku) in 2011, which coordinates and supports collaboration between art institutions, galleries and artists. While looking at developments in art and society in a world increasingly mediated by cameras, screens and images, Photomonth seeks to broaden its focus beyond the means of photography.

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Kulla Laas is a curator, art worker and educator. She studied photography and fine arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and attended the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada for her exchange studies. Between 2013 and 2017, Laas was one of the initiating and leading members of the artists-run platform Rundum. In 2017 and 2019, Kulla Laas was the head of public programmes for the Tallinn Photomonth biennial. Laas currently works as a guest lecturer, photo studio manager and course coordinator for the Open Academy at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She is also project manager at the Estonian Union of Photography Artists (Foku).

Merilin Talumaa is an art worker, producer and curator who lives and works in Estonia and France. She is a graduate of the Department of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where she is currently a guest lecturer. Her recent and upcoming projects include “Roots to Routes” (since 2020) – a collaboration between artists, curators and organizations from Marseille and the Baltics, which took place as part of the programme of the 13th Manifesta biennial “Les Paralléles du Sud”. She is presently compiling the book “Your Time Is My Time” (in collaboration with Annika Toots), which deals with notions of precariousness, sense of belonging and presence in the practices of Baltic artists (2021).