Printed textiles by Lylian Meister
In cooperation with: Katarina Meister, Johan Pajupuu
Space: Arhitektuuri- ja Disainigalerii, Pärnu mnt 6, Tallinn Time: April 20 to May 7, 2016
Opening April 20 at 5 pm
Railway and its stations as stopping points are on one hand parts of the rational transport system and on the other completely metaphysical landscapes where it is at the same time possible to cultivate your land or to leave for indeterminable distances. Actually while living in the railway station you could every day leave several times. For me as a city person owning a country railway station this feeling matters: on the other side of rails begin (or end) primeval forests, twice every day however civilisation arrives in full lights, the train to whose honour the old railway station rejuvenates and becomes urban micro-landscape with street lighting, cars and strange people. So far I have not got tired of admiring the arrival of the train, it gives rhythm to the life at station. The trains themselves are rhythm and repetition; I really hope that it never ends in my station. Like that I wanted to fix them on my printed textiles.
The trains of my exhibition are a development of drawings from the 1954 Soviet textbook of railways technical exploitation regulations; I found the textbook in the station. The station however is not only movement but also a stop. Black soil, broken stone roofs and gravel pit are there together with bird-song and train beat. All baby plants growing on the exhibition, including nettles will move from here to Tori flowerbeds and fields.
Production team: Mall Tamberg, Kuido Heinsoo, Guido Aasmaa, Marko Nautras, Erkki Kadarik, Lauri Lenk
Thanks: Maile Grünberg, Katrin Lehtjõe, Kristel Laurits, Kert Viiart, Piret Valk, Melani Joonas, Ann Jürjo, Laur Kivistik, Saarineni Maja, Textile and Graphic Fine Art departments of Estonian Academy of Arts
Extra thanks: Tori station has a 100 years layer of railway people activities. I feel connected to them and I am grateful to all previous station inhabitants for work done and on-going support.
Exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.