The Finno-Ugric expeditions, a tradition established in 1978 by Kaljo Põllu, professor of the Academy of Arts, have been organized for several decades. Every summer, the students embark on a journey to one of the Finno-Ugric peoples and stay there for nearly a month. In the summer of 2013, the art students were conducting anthropological fieldwork in Narva, Narva-Jõesuu, Kudruküla, Ivangorod and Vanaküla. The goal was to study the borders of Narva – physical, mental as well as metaphorical – and see how the locals sense them.
The question of borders is always relevant – while separating one space from another, the border is also the junction and common ground of those spaces. A state border is more than just a signed contract – it is also something you can experience physically. This physical aspect of the border is, in fact, the focal point of the whole exhibition inspired by the humorous stories collected during the fieldwork period. How does the border smell? How does the border taste? Can you bite through the border? Is the border wearing panties?
The following people took part in the fieldwork: Kalle Keskrand, Hendrik-Julius Kits, Mihkel Reha, Eva Sepping, Ave Taavet, Madis Tuuder, and Marika Alver as the supervisor.
The expedition was funded by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Students Fund in USA.
The exhibition will be open until the end of January 2015.
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