Hive Mind



“Hive Mind” is a group show that will features works by Anna Estarriola, Pia Siren, Yassine Khaled and Riikka Hyvönen. “Hive Mind” is an exhibition that exists in two separate spaces at the same time, with works by the same artists mirroring each other in Art Hall Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery. The exhibition uses thought provoking artworks to raise questions about consciousness, communication, perception, judgement, emotions and how we experience these things.

In the spring of 2016 curator Stacey Koosel conducted a research trip to the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art where she met with Finnish curators and artists to gather information about prevalent conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art. A recurring theme was the concept of ‘hive mind’ or ‘manufactured experience’, questioning the artificial or man-made nature of experience and knowledge. When bees or birds swarm they move together as a mass, each individual seems to know which way the group is moving instinctively as one collective mind. In humans we refer to this phenomena as mass consciousness or hive mind. Hive mind is shaped through collective thought and manufactured experiences that can include everything in day-to-day life from the strategic layout of the grocery store to sharing similar opinions with others – at its core, it’s the way you are supposed to see things.

“Hive Mind” brings two large scale installations by the celebrated Helsinki based artist Anna Estarriola and will show one of her best known works “Emerging Thoughts” a giant head complete with knitted hat murmuring with internal dialogue, on loan from Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Pia Siren will construct two new works, one at the Kunstihoone Gallery a 70 sq meter immersive forest installation, and another at Tallinn City Gallery. Yassine Khaled’s works stares down xenophobia and racial discrimination by using technology to create face to face communication in ‘Monitor Man’. Riikka Hyvönen’s internationally renowned series of sculpture meets paintings with psychedelic bruised butts ‘Roller Derby Kisses’ also debuts in Tallinn with five of her works split between the two galleries.

Hive Mind introduces the Estonian audience to new and exciting conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art, and brings some the finest and most exciting young artists

Anna Estarriola (b.1980) is a Catalan artist who lives and works in Helsinki since 2004.Her practice involves exchanges and interactions between visual and media arts with performing arts and technology. The themes of her work revolve around the perception of reality, individual and communal behavior, communication and ways to approach the unknown. Her works are included in the collections of Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art / Finnish National Gallery, Emma Museum, Saastamoinen Foundation, Pori Art Museum and Amos Rex Art Museum.

Pia Sirén (b.1982) is a Finnish artist working mainly with large-scale temporary installations. She reconstructs natural landscapes using artificial materials, from plastics, tarpaulins and ropes to ladders, scaffolding and bricks, reflecting on temporary and ephemeral components of urban nature. The materials of her landscapes can be demolished and reused over and over again, each time in a different space and context. In 2013 she was awarded the Young Artist’s Prize by Maecenas Kilta. Sirén lives and works in Loviisa, Finland.

Yassine Khaled (b.1988) is a Moroccan visual artist based in Helsinki. His sculptures, installations, performances, paintings, and videos focus on the disparity between the power and wealth of some, and the powerlessness and poverty of others in our globalized world.
Khaled was born, raised, and received his artistic training in Morocco and lives and currently works in Helsinki; this geographic and cultural shift has had an evident impact on his work. His work Monitor Man received an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2018, in Austria.

Riikka Hyvönen (b.1982) is a London based visual artist. Renowned for her mesmerizing series “Roller Derby Kisses” with bruises sculpted and painted as mini galaxies on leathery bottoms. Hyvönen has embraced different subcultures after growing up in Lapland. In addition to a proper dose of wood, leather and glitter, Hyvönen’s unapologetically kitsch and camp art usually demands her quite meticulous persistence with the paintbrush, as well as stable hands with the jigsaw.
Hive Mind

Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery
Curator Stacey Koosel
September 1 – October 14

Hive Mind is made possible by the support of Frame Finland, the Finnish Institute, Peri AS, Viking Line, Koda Stay, Warren Safety, Heyday Organics and Euroalused.

In Collaboration with Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.


Exhibition View Photos: Karel Koplimets, Tallinna Kunstihoone


Estonian Art 2/2018

The Baltic Issue


In this issue of Estonian Art we focus on Baltic art, design, and architecture.

For Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, 2018 marks a century since their first declaration of independence. To celebrate their centennials and explore the cultural ties between these three Baltic nations, we have dedicated this as a special issue where we look at not just present collaborations in the fields of art, design, and architecture, but also on landmark historical cultural collaborations.

In art, Inga Lāce writes about Latvian/Estonian artist Diana Tamane in Diana Tamane: Jet Lag. In The Value of Wilderness, Auguste Petre reviews the exhibition “Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States” at the Orsay Museum in Paris. Mai Levin traces the Baltic roots of the Tallinn Print Triennial for its 50th anniversary in Tallinn Graphic Art Triennials Up to the 1990s. Keiu Krikmann reviews the Tallinn exhibition of the Baltic Triennial in Haunted at the Body Party, which for the first time was organized in the three Baltic capitals: Vilnius, Tallinn, and Riga. The current flurry of Baltic artistic collaborations at the first ever Riga Biennial (RIBOCA), the Baltic Triennial 13 and the second Riga Photography Biennale are captured in four visual essays by Merike Estna, Young Boy Dancing Group, Reinis Hofmanis & Margus Tamm and Sandra Jõgeva.

In design, Karolina Jakaite explores proto design in Soviet Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in Design by Another Name. In architecture, Triin Ojari writes about The Baltic Pavilion at the Paris World EXPO in 1937, and Johan Tali looks back on the The Baltic Pavilion in Venice in 2016. In books, Paul Paper shares his Top Ten Books.


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Estonian Art 20


Estonian Art’s 20th Anniversary Book

Estonian Art is a magazine dedicated to promoting art, design and architecture that has been published by the Estonian Institute since 1997. Estonian Art celebrates its 20th anniversary with a special publication that looks back on the last 20 years of Estonian contemporary art, as told from the perspective of the artists. Fifteen Estonian artists were invited to interview the artist who had influenced their work. The conversations between thirty artists are accompanied with portraits by Mark Raidpere.

With interviews by:

Kai Kaljo – Jaan Toomik
Erki Kasemets – Ene-Liis Semper
Kaido Ole – Tōnis Saadoja
Tanel Veenre – Jaanus Samma
Kiwa – Marco Laimre
Sirja-Liisa Eelma – Krista Mölder
Sandra Jõgeva – Tanel Saar
Pille-Riin Jaik – Mark Raidpere
Peeter Laurits – Kadri Mälk
Ly Lestberg – Tanja Muravskaja
Marko Mäetamm – Mall Nukke
Laura Kuusk – Liina Siib
Raoul Kurvitz – Jass Kaselaan
Andres Lõo – Raul Keller
Flo Kasearu – Jüri Ojaver

Editor: Stacey Koosel

Designer: Jaanus Samma

Photographer: Mark Raidpere

Language: English

Cover: Soft

Pages: 220

Format: 240 x 185  x 18 mm

Publisher: Estonian Institute, 2018


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Estonian Art 1/2018


The Architecture Issue

Estonian Art magazine published its first ever architecture devoted issue – that will be distributed by the Estonian Center for Architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Estonian Art 1/2018 focuses on  architecture, urbanism and the public sphere. It was made in collaborated with the Estonian Center for Architecture and the architecture curators going to Venice this spring. Tadeáš Říha, Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa are three young architects who will represent Estonia at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale with the project Weak Monument. Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla interviews the curatorial trio in “Sensitive Interventions in Venice”. The inspiration behind the Venice Biennale project is traced in Tadeáš Říha’s article “Weakness in Architecture” based on his research into the philosophical topic. Gregor Taul’s “Free Some Space for Weak Monuments” demonstrates how monuments can become memories and Francisco Martinez’s “Architectural Taxidermy” ponders the repurposing of obsolete spaces.

The Weak Monument theme is further explored in specially commissioned visual essays by Tõnu Tunnel with “Is a Monument Land Stuck in Time?”, Dénes Farkas’s “Monument” and Paco Ulman’s “C:\Works\2017\Kuressaare”. Estonian architecture is presented in bite-sized morsels in Carl-Dag Lige’s “Mini Architecture Histories” sampled from his popular Instagram account. Julia Hinderink interviews Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam of PART (Practice for Architecture Research and Theory) in “New Kids On the Block”. Karin Bachmann talks about the newest wave of green urban planning in “The New Modernity of the Urban Thicket” and Villem Tomiste gives us a peek into what’s coming next in “Looking Forward to the 5th Tallinn Architecture Biennial”.   

Estonian Art is a magazine dedicated to promoting Estonian art, design and architecture that has been published by the Estonian Institute since 1997. Estonian Art 1/2018 was supported by the Estonian Center for Architecture and Estonia’s centenary programme Estonia 100.

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