The exhibition “Everyday Witchcraft” examines everyday practices and habits as a significant part of art practice. Perceiving these practices as rituals, it is possible to create (fictitious) narratives and myths about artists’ work process and creativity.
Participating artists: Anna Mari Liivrand, GolfClayderman, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Kristel Saan, Laura Põld
Curated by Merilin Talumaa
21 July – 8 September, 2018
Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
The exhibition focuses on daily experiments and stagings, and on the accompanying obsessions, fetishes, hopes and fears that will eventually become the central part of creative works.
“JP is sitting in a museum cafe and thinking about the task of writing a spell. Spells have something to do with intention, the focusing of intention. “How to write a spell”, JP types into a search engine.
JP doesn’t have an intention. A spell might backfire. JP has several intentions and internal contradictions. JP feels uneasy about spirituality, while being drawn to it.
At night JP can’t sleep and listens to a fairly boring seminar on Nietzsche. The way Deleuze flipped Nietzsche’s writings on Dionysus for his own purposes. JP has never spent five seconds thinking about Dionysus, but must admit that a dying god, a mad god, is something to seriously consider.”
Jaakko Pallasvuo - Excerpt from a spell
The exhibition includes 2 videos. Here below are links to the videos.
(password for both of the videos is: Kogo gallery)
Anna Mari Liivrand (1993) is based in Tallinn. Liivrand’s works combine different mediums such as installation, sculpture and drawing while engaging with fragility and different preservation practices through which she tries to unfold the intrinsicity of the objects and capture moments of clarity in everyday life.
GolfClayderman is based in Latvia. Unlimited liability company GolfClayderman is a multipurpose organisation established in 2016. It encompasses all spheres of life and looks after the improvement of their quality. The collective’s core consists of Margrieta Griestiņa and Aksels Bruks. GolfClayderman are active in a multitude of fields of art and life – performance, music, theatre, lifestyle, fashion, body art, and others.
Jaakko Pallasvuo (1987) is based in Helsinki. Pallasvuo makes videos, texts, performances and installations that explore the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of living in some possible future.
Kristel Saan (1985) is based in Tallinn and Vancouver. Saan’s field of study is questioning body experiences in a visually supercharged world, based on the personal archives that we all have, and the encountered exchange as it’s result – looking into suspension of the superstition in the utopian space.
Laura Põld (1984) is based in Tallinn and Vienna. Põld is mainly working with poetics of 'place'. The combination of mediums such as painting, installation, ceramics, video, and text become staged landscapes in symbiosis with the gallery space, and sometimes environments for interactive performative experimentation.
Photos: Madis Kats