Friday, October 13, 2023

Still from the video "Damn Rake" (2023)

Still from the video "Fight Back/Leave It There" (2023)

Fragment from the installation "Damn Rake" (2023)


Performing German language studies as a journey through psychic processes in relation to colonial history of the Baltics and the notion of (dys)functional hybridity.

Project in process. 

First showing in the exhibition "Linguistic Xpedition"October 28, 2023 – March 31, 2024 at the project space of the URBAN NATION Museum, Berlin. Curated by Janine Arndt

Friday, May 26, 2023

Goodbye East! Goodbye Narcissus!
15.04. - 04.06.2023 at EKKM, Tallinn

Aliaxey Talstou, Elo Liiv, Holger Loodus, Kateryna Lysovenko, 
Kirill Tulin, Paulina Pukyte and Svitlana Biedarieva

Text collection available here

Photo reportage here

Monday, June 29, 2020

Siberian Childhood
curated in collaboration with SLED group.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Still from the video "The Mouth of Daugava" (Tanel Rander, 2018)

The Mouth of Daugava

Friedrich Ludwig von Maydell (1795 – 1846) was a Baltic-German artist, based in the region that is now known as Estonia. He produced series of graphic works that depicted the history of Germans in the eastern shores of the Baltic sea. Those works were published in albums, titled as “Fifty Images from the History of Russia’s German Baltic Provinces”. Here you are witnessing one of these albums, borrowed from the collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. More precisely, you are witnessing the work that the artist depicts as the starting event of the history of the Baltic states – “First Landing of the Bremen Merchants at the Mouth of the River Daugava. 1156” (1839).

Most of all, this work speaks about the gaze of the artist as the subject of the modern era, also as the member of the privileged class in the society based on slavery. This gaze over the history is similar to the numerous images that depict the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean islands. Maydell portrays the encounter between the Bremen merchants and the local natives as the act of trade. The image contains some details that refer to the elements known from the history of European colonialism. Please find these elements from the image and read the explanations added by me.

a) Alcohol – the establishment of the system of dependency and control, used by colonial powers.
b) Furs – natural resources and raw materials that are needed by colonizers in places inhabited by natives.
c) Mirror – the establishment of the system of representation and validation, also the production of identity, history, knowledge and subjectivity.
d) Trade beads – the establishment of the medium of exchange.

The area around the mouth of Daugava should be preserved as public space and the site should be celebrated as the historical landmark of colonial history in the Baltics.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


22.08. - 16.09. in Brivibas galerija, Valgka

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Brīvības galerija
("brivibas" in Latvian = "freedom" in English)
Art space and research project
 From April to October 2018 it was located at 
Vabaduse 14, Valga/Valka,
the border town between Estonia and Latvia.
("vabaduse" in Estonian = "brivibas" in Latvian)

exhibitions and events: 
April - solo exhibition "Weird feeling" by Alexei Gordin
June - nameless exhibition by Juka Käärmann and Hülle Haab
July - open studio of Hanna Samoson
August - Tanel Rander's curator project "A Mole, Larger in Size Than Ever Seen Before"

The building at Vabaduse 14, Valga is where the family of Hella Wuolijoki and Salme Dutt used to live in the late 19th century.