Let the field of your attention… soften and spread out


Kai Art Center

Synchronistic weave: a sketch for repair and recovery. Found image on the wall of Kai Art Center, in the midst of building work. January 2019.

Kai Art Center (Peetri 12)
Curator: Hanna Laura Kaljo
Dates: 21.09.–01.12.2019
Opening: 20.09.2019 at 7pm

Let the field of your attention… soften and spread out is the working title for an exhibition at Kai Art Center. It alludes to a bodywork exercise devised to restore one’s body awareness, reciprocally evoking heightened sentience to one’s environment, proposed in the book A Widening Field: Journeys in Body and Imagination (2004). What are we called to recover, or what are we recovering from? Drawing on both artistic and therapeutic practices, the project explores the potential of an exhibition as recovery. Staying with the transition towards darkness and dormancy inherent to late autumn and early winter, we regard the ways in which these seasonal peculiarities affect our bodies and creative practice, whilst paying tribute to subtle movement, veiled processes and nightly dreams. In line with Kai’s co-working mentality, Let the field of your attention… soften and spread out hopes to initiate meaningful connections to Kalamaja and the North-Tallinn locality more broadly.

Hanna Laura Kaljo (b.1989 in Tallinn) is a curator who intends to nurture the connectivity between creative practice and wellbeing, thinking through the individual, the community, as well as the ecological register. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College and has been based in London since 2010. Between 2014-18, she was Co-Director at the curatorial studio Jupiter Woods, where she produced numerous exhibitions, discursive events, residencies and off-site projects. Currently, she is in the midst of a yearlong research project supported by a Developing Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England, exploring and developing curatorial tools at the intersection of creativity and health, with a focus on the Arctic and Subarctic region in Scandinavia. A selection of lectures and workshops: Gallerists Master Course, Tallinn, 2018; Techniques to make you doubt, Fluent, 2016; Curatorial Herstories, Goldsmiths College, 2016; Care, Critique, Self-Organisation, University of the Arts Helsinki, 2016. A selection of published texts: Towards a Deep Future, Deep Time Edition‘Sea Empress’, ed. Abigail Sidebotham, Pembrokeshire, 2016; Material Turn, artist book by Melitta Baumeister and Paul Jung, New York, 2016; Intimacy: a methodological proposition, ‘The Standard Model: Curatorial Propositions’, ed. Adam Smythe, Lucy Lopez, Nella Aarne, London, 2015; Andrea Zucchini, Alchemical Studies, Tenderbooks, London, 2014. In 2017 she was curator-in-residence at Rupert, Vilnius, and in 2019 at Mustarinda, Finland.