Andrés Galeano' s exhibition at KOGO Gallery in Tartu.
Andrés Galeano: Lost Clouds Archive
4 February - 2 April, 2022
KOGO Gallery, Tartu
Kogo Gallery's current exhibition weaves together portrait photography with meteorological
Contemporary art gallery Kogo, based in Tartu, Estonia currently hosts the solo exhibition Lost Clouds Archive by an artist Andrés Galeano that is also extended to the neighbouring gallery Ag47. The exhibition weaves together family and portrait photography with old meteorological photography to reveal a metaphysical connection between the photographic medium and the sphere of the celestial or transcendental. The exhibition invites us to think of the concept of the sky from different perspectives – the meteorological view of the physical sky, the photographic view of a metaphysical sky and the digital view of a contemporary sky. The exhibition will remain open until 2 April 2022.
Lost Clouds Archive draws on old archival material from the Meteorological Service of Catalonia which was abducted during WWII and returned to the Catalan government in 1984 in a deplorable state, and goes on a journey exploring various archives in Catalonia, following its main protagonists. It is an investigation and a journey through the Catalan landscape. The story unfolds through the works in the exhibition as well as Andres Galeano's publication FPN (Fons Perdut de Núvols (in Catalan) / Lost Cloud Background).
Visitors can enter the exhibition through gallery Ag47 as well as Kogo Gallery. Kogo Gallery houses the part of the exhibition that tells the story of the intertwined histories of meteorology and photography, drawing on material from the archives of the Meteorological Service of Catalonia – a story of work and dedication, disappearance and destruction, preservation and conservation. In gallery Ag47, the visitors enter a self-service photographic studio where they can take selfies against a background of the clouds of their choice. Here, Andres Galeano stages a modern version of a mid-19th-century photographic studio offering carte de visite portraits, often against a backdrop of painted clouds. Visitors are welcome to share their photos to contribute to the artist's research project #TheWeightOfTheClouds.
Andrés Galeano (b. 1980, Mataró, Spain) is an artist based in Berlin and Barcelona. He holds a Philosophy degree from the University of Barcelona, a Photography diploma from the Freie Fotoschule Stuttgart and a Sculpture/Free Arts degree from the Kunsthochschule Weißensee Berlin. He works with photography, video, installation and performance and has realised exhibitions and performances throughout Europe, Latin America, USA and Canada.
The exhibition is supported by the Ramon Llull Institute, Department of Culture of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Neu Start Kultur Grant of the Kulturwerk foundation by VG-BildKunst, Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, the Estonian Cultural Endowment, the City of Tartu and Akzo Nobel Baltics AS.
THE GALLERY THANKS
Mareplex, Reklaamikompanii, Villem Säre, Mobiskin.lv, Comdecor/Esitlustarvikud, Sadolin, Tartu Art College Pallas
The exhibition was created in collaboration with the Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (ICGC) and the Meteorological Service of Catalonia (Meteocat)
Producer and curator: Liina Raus
Communication: Karin Kahre and Kerli Jõgi
Consultant: Šelda Puķite
Graphic design: Aleksandra Samulenkova
Installation: Urmo Teekivi
Painter: Karoliina Tomasson (Pallas University of Applied Sciences)
Public programme coordinator: Kristo Tennosaar, Kerli Jõgi
Photo: Marje Eelma