Kilometre of Sculpture Võru 2015
4 – 26 July
Curator: Andreas Nilsson (SE)
The organisers would like to extend a warm invitation to the opening weekend of Kilometre of Sculpture 2015 on 4 and 5 of July in Võru.
Official opening: 12 midday, 4 July 2015
(a special bus service will run from Tallinn and Riga – stay in touch with us on Facebook for free and discounted tickets)
The exhibition for 2015, The Visitors, has been put together by our guest curator Andreas Nilsson from Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden, with assistance from our exhibitions manager, Siim Preiman.
The jury for the open call section consisted of an international selection panel including Maria Kjaer Themsen, Kirke Kangro, Maarin Ektermann and Siim Preiman.
Every year Kilometre of Sculpture (KoS) invites a guest curator to tackle the challenge of staging an exhibition in the public space of a regional town in Estonia. This year Andreas Nilsson saw this as an opportunity to explore the notion of an exhibition in the context of the social fabric of a community and the materiality or lack of it in contemporary conceptions of sculpture. The artists invited to exhibit in The Visitors tend to explore in different ways the social and political structures we inhabit in our daily existence.
Andreas Nilsson: “The Visitors is to be seen as an open-ended exhibition where daily routines are challenged, existing environments altered and human interactions encouraged. The town of Võru is to be considered a short-term gallery and a stage for both fragile material constructions and performances, and where the artists and their works activate the space and invite the spectators to an interchange of ideas through various media. In The Visitors, sculpture should be considered a fluid concept, not limited to three-dimensional objects, but also include prints, paintings and time-based media and events such as sound, video and performances, addressing both subjective and collective issues. ”
The opening weekend will include special performances by GIDEONSSON/LONDRÉ, Laura Kaminskaitė, Essi Kausalainen and Liina Siib.
Artists: Liisa Ahlfors* (FI), Carola Björk* (SE), Karolina Erlingsson (SE), Angelica Falkeling* (SE), Luca Frei (CF/SE), Ingrid Furre (SE/NO), GIDEONSSON/LONDRÉ (SE), Kaspars Groševs (LV), Johnson and Johnson* (EE), Sergey Karev* (RU), Edith Karlson (EE), Laura Kaminskaitė (LT), Essi Kausalainen (FI), Henning Lundkvist (SE), Marge Monko* (EE), Kristine Niedraja* (LV), Ats Parve* (EE), Liina Siib* (EE)
* artists from the open call
In addition to the main exhibition, we will present a side programme, which we have named KoSx, and which includes exhibitions from Võru’s twin towns (Landskrona (SE), Aluksne (LV) and Laitila (FI)), a sound installation from the Unitas Foundation as well as two sessions of talks and discussions and an education programme developed by KUMU Education Centre.
Conceptual Art Centre Bukovje/Landskrona will present two exhibitions. The first is a re-staging of Mel Bochner’s “Working Drawings And Other Visible Things On Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed As Art” from 1966 . The second is their own exhibition – “Small Good Things – Artworks We Liked That Fitted In Our Suitcases” – specially put together for Kilometre of Sculpture and Võru.
Aluksne municipality (LV) and Laitila Photography Club (FI) have both prepared a photographic exhibition exploring the public space of their respective townships.
Artist Anna Hints together with the Unitas Foundation will stage a sound installation called “The Station Talks”. The abandoned Võru train station will start telling the memories of Estonian people who have experienced totalitarian regimes and crimes against humanity in Estonia in the 20th century.
The Talks programme will kick off around 3 pm on both the Saturday (04.07) and Sunday (05.07) in the exhibition rooms of the Võru County Museum at 11 Katariina allee. Saturday’s programme includes international experts talking on exhibitions that use the public space and aim to engage with a broader audience. Sunday’s programme, which will focus on the topic of education in relation to contemporary art, will also include a walking talk led by Linnalabor (Urban Lab).
KUMU Art Museum Education Centre will also deliver their own education programme for The Visitors.
Linda Veinberga, Antra Priede (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art)
Jonas Büchel (Urban Institute, Riga)
Johanna Tuukkanen (ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Finland)
Heie Treier (Tallinn University, Estonia)
Maarin Ektermann (KUMU Art Museum, Estonia)
Helen Arov (Estonian Academy of Art)
Linnalabor – Urban walk**
KUMU Educaion Centre
** Linnalabor’s urban walk will be repeated on Saturday 18 July in Estonian.