INGEL VAIKLA Shapes and Distances
expo
8 FEB — 21 MAR

Seeing double: Estonian-born, Belgium-based artist Ingel Vaikla overlaps past and future, time and space in her audio-visual investigation of the subjective and the collective.

In her first solo exhibition in Belgium, Ingel Vaikla conceptualises her work through the idea of the double exposure. We see archival footage of the city of Slavutych, built to house the surviving workers of the Chernobyl disaster. We see it then in 1986, the last city ever built by the Soviet Union, and we see it now, as a young city in present-day Ukraine. In this way Vaikla invites us to let these overlapped realities develop simultaneously in our minds. If we have the courage to climb through the image, through time, space and experience, then we can start to understand how subjective and collective identities are formed, and how they in turn materialise on film, in politics and in architecture.

Curated by Laura Toots
w/ EKKM

EXPO
From 8 February to 21 March 2020
Wed–Sat from 12:00-18:00

Opening Friday 7 February 2020, 19:00-22:00​​​​​​

The exhibition is supplemented by two events:
SA 8.02 17:00 Walk & Talk w/ Ingel Vaikla & Laura Toots
WE 18.03 20:30 EAST FROM WEST Screening programme by Ingel Vaikla w/ EKKM Tallinn

Ingel Vaikla is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2018–2019 Vaikla attended the postgraduate residency programme HISK in Ghent and recently started practice-based PhD studies in Audiovisual and Visual Arts at PXL-MAD, Hasselt. Vaikla’s artistic research focuses on the relationship between architecture and its users, and the representation of architecture in photography, video and film.

Laura Toots is a curator and educator based in Estonia. In 2016–2019 Toots was the artistic director of the Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial. Since 2017 she has been working as a curator and project manager at EKKM – Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia.

EKKM is a self-established non-profit initiative, run by artists and curators, that operates from late 2006 as an ex-squat in an ancillary building of Tallinn’s former heating plant in North Tallinn. Focused on producing contemporary art exhibitions, EKKM presents four versatile projects per season. In 2011 EKKM initiated its own contemporary art prize, the Köler Prize, that is accompanied by an exhibition of the nominees.

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