The exhibition “Letters from a foreign mind” has been shaped by both the internal and external changes EKKM has undergone in the past year and a half, as well as contemplating on what is valued in our society and themes like scarcity, neglect and care. What is remembered, what is forgotten and what gets written into art history?

Letters from a foreign mind
Artists: Camel Collective, Cloe Jancis, Hana Miletić, Karl Pärsimägi, Killu Sukmit, Diana Tamane, Pille-Riin Vihtre, Asta Vender
Curated by Laura Toots
Jnue 5 – July 18, 2021

The building of EKKM has seen countless repairs and spatial renovations during its lifetime but is nevertheless tired and slowly crumbling. The physical and symbolic cracks are the subject matter and the habitat for artistic ideas, for visitors’ memories, its employees’ proposals, an abundance of dust and material legacy that has been left behind.

This is an exhibition on growth. Growing up, growing larger, growing anew. Change – distant and inviting – gently glows from afar but with enough focus and patience, it will begin shaping itself into something more familiar and become slightly clearer.

As a prologue to the exhibition, EKKM established a community garden in its backyard last spring, allowing to explore the openness and the wider use of space within the institution. The desire to open areas that are not in practical or artistic use is even more significant now that the surrounding garages have recently been demolished. The lost ancillary spaces have brought on a temporary shortage of space, which is, nevertheless, extending a hand toward the changes that will follow soon.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication by the same name in English and Estonian, published by EKKM and Lugemik.

Curatorial Assistant: Anna-Liisa Purge
Graphic Designer: Kersti Heile
Architects: Laura Linsi & Roland Reemaa
Technical team: Dénes Farkas, Madis Kurss, Hans-Otto Ojaste, Kerli Praks, Taavi Suisalu, Johannes Säre
Education programme: Anna Kaarma, Liisa Kivi, Anastassia Langinen

Supporters: Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, National Heritage Board of Estonia, City of Tallinn, Akzo Nobel Baltics AS

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. 

Photo: Paul Kuimet