“On the Other Side of the Great Oblivion” in NART

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Narva kunstiresidentuur

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The exhibition “On the Other Side of the Great Oblivion”, curated by Maria Helen Känd, will open at Narva Art Residence, exploring the feeling of emptiness and disconnection or being lifted into the air, brought about by forceful changes and movement from one phase of life to another.

Eike Eplik and Urmas Lüüs are known for their installational staging of the space, while Manfred Dubov and Angela Maasalu translate charged emotional states onto canvas.

The exhibition allows the viewer to perceive that everything happens in a constant state of in-betweenness. The present moment is split into two halves. We accommodate scenarios that are waiting to be fulfilled, offering a space for imagination and growing out of reach before they unfold and start to transform, decrease and warp once again. The uncanny, ritualistic, at times playful and somewhat humorous works strike a wedge into our consciousness. As the sharp blade of the sword falls behind us, the exhibition guides us through space-time continuums, within the reach of great powers, oblivion, reconciliation and dreams.

The title of the group exhibition is inspired by the Estonian poet Jaan Kaplinski’s poem from his collection “Raske on kergeks saada” (“It is Hard to Become Light”, 1982). The poetic self conveys a mystical experience of time and space, where the person has not yet received a time, a space or a name. For Kaplinski’s poetic self, the experience of the unknown is not one of misery or of a dark state of mind. On the contrary, letting go of the self brings enlightenment. Reaching the enlightened state, however, can be hard work, full of losses and renunciations.

The exhibition is opens 10 December 2022 at 4 pm and it stays open until 5 February 2023.

Opening times:
Thu, Fri 15.00–19.00, Sat 13:00–21:00, Sun 13.00–19.00

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Graphic design: Henri Kutsar

Exhibition supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, City of Narva, Water Fox OÜ 

The artists participating in the exhibition are EKA alumni and lecturers, and the curator Maria Helen Känd is a curatorial student at EKA.

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Posted by Andres Lõo