What is a homunculus and why are you collecting them? Homunculus (Latin for little man) is a term used in the Middle Ages for artificially created human life. Alchemists believed they could artificially create human beings under the right conditions. Human seed / semen was believed to contain miniature humans that could be grown in the soil or a laboratory. The myth of the homunculus is present in works from Faust to Frankenstein.
The concept of the homunculus poses questions about the creation of artificial human life, and the dualism that separates the mind from the body and the virtual from the material. Seven artists from America, Estonia, France, Iceland, Portugal and Spain explore the theme of homunculi in this temporary, contemporary art collection.
The exhibition takes place at Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn’s Old Town. The opening at 18:00 on Wednesday, August 13th will feature artist talks by Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and American artist Michael Sell.
The artists participating in The Homunculus Collection include: Carla Castiajo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Laura Kuusk, Camille Laurelli,Carlos Lazarich, Sten Saarits and Michael Sell The exhibition is curated by Stacey Koosel a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art and Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
13.08 – 01.09 2014 at Hobusepea Gallery
Special Events Info:
13.08.2014 18.00 Artist & Curator Talk
This exhibition was made possible through support by:
The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, KUNO, The Oregon Arts Commission, Embajada De Espana En Estonia, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Vladimir Smirnov & Konstantine Sorokin Foundation, The Embassy of the United States of America
Location: Hobusepea Gallery, Hobusepea 2 Tallinn