Contemporary art exhibition Living Space 2018

Exhibition Living Space is first of its kind to bring a selection of contemporary Estonian art practices to Australian audiences


The concept of being is seen as the experiences of physical or psychological places we either inhabit or visit. These states of experiences or spaces we transit through also carry geopolitical, historical, social, economic, material, physical or religious implications. Often in these states of habitation we rely on the automatic performances of our invisible and private rituals to aid in the process of repositioning and adaptating. The connections between the spaces and states of being do not go unnoticed by the artists and emerge through their practice into a fascinating display of observations. Living Space includes works from variety of art practices and different generations, making it diverse in used media and practices.

Through contemporary Estonian art and women artists, the exposition celebrates the contemporary Estonian and their living space. What does home/homeland mean or what role does it play in contemporary Estonian society? What are the roles or rituals we subconsciously perform or inhabit, through which we give meaning to our living space?

Exhibition includes prints, drawings, installation, video

 Exhibition is open 15 March - 8 April

Exhibition opening 15 March at 6pm


As part of global festivities of Estonia’s centenary of nationhood this project brings the celebrations closer to Victorian and Australian Estonian community.

While the initial post-war motivations by the Australian Government to promote migration by Estonians was based on political and ethnic considerations, the success of the original program has been far-reaching and in fascinating ways. It continues to be built upon by intimate social relations. Post-War contemporary Australian art and design was forged by those trained in eastern Europe, Estonia included. Australia has been indebted to designers such as Estonian Gert Sellheim who designed the Qantas ‘flying kangaroo’.

It seems only fitting that the new wave of contemporaneity and rejuvenation is brought through the work of emerging and distinguished Estonian women artists, who through contemplating on their role rethink old and foster new traditions.





   Britta Benno   |    Ulvi Haagensen |   Mall Nukke  |   
Liina Siib     |    Helen Tago     |    Maria-Kristiina Ulas   |    

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