Flag Days

Lipupäevad. Kuvatõmmis videoteosest. Ástríður Jónsdóttir, Kaisa Maasik. 2021

Venue: Vent Space (Vabaduse väljak 6/8, Tallinn. Entrance from the courtyard)
Artists: Kaisa Maasik, Ástríður Jónsdóttir
Dates: 06.10.–17.10.2021
Opening Times: Tue–Sun 12–18
Opening: 05.10.21, 6 pm
No wheelchair access

Due to their location and small surface, Estonia and Iceland have repeatedly come into the sphere of interest of great powers. Nonetheless, both countries gained independence in the last century. In their new project, artists Kaisa Maasik and Ástríður Jónsdóttir compare sport with international relations, emphasizing the endless power struggles and the desire to dominate the rival inherent in both.

In a situation of conquest, the battle can only take place when there are opposing forces – attackers and defenders. In the context of conflict or negotiation, one party is forced to withdraw and relinquish their position, separating the winners from the losers. Hoisting the flag of the subjugator, the one who has reached their goal, is a common ritual for celebrating victory.