“Image Drain” will open on 1 September and run until 8 October, 2017 at Tallinn Art Hall and will additionally extend to Museum of Photography.
“Image Drain” is an exhibition of artworks whose reasons for being brought together are buried in a fictional story of fixation, speculation, and obsessive looking. It starts with the premise that the photographic is an approach to the visual, rather than a medium limited by certain technical specifications, and ends up somewhere as yet unknown. It emerges alongside a collection of stories and descriptive records that replaces a critical or explicative curatorial position, inviting the viewer (and the reader) not to trust the artworks, the curator or the institution too much. It is distinctly virtual, although it takes up physical space. “Image Drain” knows that digital image production and dissemination are the backbone of the expanded notion of photography, but it resists either lamenting or celebrating this. Rather the exhibition bears witness to the digital as a necessary condition of our contemporary relationship to images of all kinds, and indeed to vision itself.
In vastly different ways the practices of the following artists address the thresholds of imageness, visibility and invisibility. They will present a combination of new and existing works, resulting in an exhibition environment that incorporates confluence and dissonances.
Artist list (in alphabetical order):
Andrew Amorim (BR/NO), Victoria Durnak (NO), Mathijs van Geest (NO/NL), Carl Johan Högberg (SE/NL), Henri Hütt (EE), Toril Johannessen (NO), Paul Kuimet (EE), Laura Kuusk (EE), Antonis Pittas (GR/NL), Mårten Spångberg (SE), André Tehrani (NO), James Webb (ZA), Kristina Õllek (EE).