I am a researcher, writer, editor and organiser. Originally from Estonia, for the past 9 years I have lived in the Netherlands, where I now call Rotterdam a home. My work brings together art and theory, in order to enable them to enrich each other. My research expertiese is related to contemporary and modern art, dealing with cultural difference, practices of curating and collecting during the 20th and 21st centuries.
Growing up in a family with origins in Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Russia, has given me an appreciation of difference and consciousness of its workings in everyday life. I studied art history and cultural theory in Estonia, Germany, Finland, before coming to The Netherlands for my doctoral studies.
I have taught around the themes of my expertise at Maastricht University, the Sandberg Institute, Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague, Estonian Academy of Music and Tallinn University. I have published articles and books, most recently “Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museums” (2018) and “Archives and Disobedience. Changing Tactics of Visual Culture in Eastern Europe” (2016, with Tanel Rander). Over the past years, I’ve organised several collaborative long-term projects acting as a project leader, moderator and a host.
Currently I am working on an edited collection which gathers work about inspiring artistic and activist practices realised in museum collections and archives.