The opening event of Anna Kaarma’s work “Lasnamäe audio expedition: poetic meanings for a functional space” as part of the main exhibition of Tallinn Photomonth ’21 “Intensive Places”

Anna Kaarma teose “Lasnamäe helirännakud: poeetilisi tähendusi funktsionaalsele ruumile” avaüritus Tallinna Fotokuu ’21 peanäitusel “Intensiivsed paigad”

Anna Kaarma’s “Lasnamäe audio expedition: poetic meanings for a functional space” offsite opening is part of the Tallinn Photomonth main exhibition “Intensive Places”. The opening is held on the 4th of September at 12 PM in the studio apartment at J. Koorti 16, Tallinn. The audio walks can be experienced independently during the Tallinn Photomonth (4.09.–17.10.2021).

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During the late Soviet era, around 50 studio apartments were built in Lasnamäe for Estonian artists. Most of them are located in the standard nine-story concrete blockhouses, to which a tenth floor has been added; however, the studio spaces are also located in the higher tower building

Since then, several generations of artists have lived and worked in Lasnamäe. In one way or another, their work has been influenced by this space as well.
Anna Kaarma interviewed dozens of Estonian artists that have a personal connection to the area, or that are still living there today. Based on the interviews – but aiming to open a wider sphere of cultural meanings for the participants – three separate audio walks were put together in cooperation with writer Jan Kaus. All walks are based in different parts of the district and offer an insight into Lasnamäe from a specific angle.

The walks take place via the ECHOES application, available on Google Play and the App Store, insert/search for the title of the work ‘Lasnamäe audio expeditions’. The starting points for the walks are:
• Lindakivi bridge
• Towers Kivila 1 and 3
• Priisle bus station (after Priisle bus parking lot)

By bringing the stories to the public and presenting them in their natural environment, we’ll see that no living space can be purely practical; that there is a history and culture where you might not expect to find it. Hopefully, the tours help to create a deeper level of meaning for the audience when it comes to this otherwise neglected part of town.

Curators: The Creative Association of Curators TOK / Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits

Intervjueeritud: Ülle Marks, Jüri Kass, Terje Ojaver, Jüri Ojaver, Naima Neidre, Elin Kard, Jaan Elken, Eve Kask, Heinz Valk, Urmas Muru, Raoul Kurvitz, Mari Kurismaa, Kalju Kivi, Ene-Liis Semper, Urmas Pedanik, Rain Tolk, Signe Kivi, Herald Eelmaa, Sirje Helme 

Author: Anna Kaarma. Script: Jan Kaus. Voices: Marten Kuningas (EST), Tiina Kuningas (EST), Anna Kaarma (EST), Steve Vanon (ENG), Carly Cahill (ENG), Elisabeth Merisalu (ENG), Anita Kodanik (RU), Ilja Gussarov (RU).

English translation: Sebastian Saaremäe, russian translation: Elnara Taidre. 

Thanks: Sandra Kosorotova, Fotokuu, Eve Kask, Sebastian Saaremäe, Proloogkool – Maarin Ektermann, Kai Lobjakas, Ingrid Ruudi, Mart Vainre, Krista Mölder, Sille Kima, Piibe Kolka, Jane Remm, Eesti Kunstnike Liit

Artists participating in the main exhibition: Jasmina Cibic, Tanja Engelberts, Terike Haapoja, Ola Hassanain, Madlen Hirtentreu, Roven Jõekäär, Anna Kaarma, Gareth Kennedy, Tali Keren, Laura Kuusk, Aleksandr Morozov, Natalia Romik, Natalija Tseljuba, Julija Appen