On 25-26 November 2022 we organised a public seminar “Arts, Crafts, Affects: Documenting HerStories and Worldbuilding” with Ulrike Gerhardt in the Estonian Academy of Arts to consider. It featured Mare Tralla, Ulrike Mayer, Rufina Bazlova and Sofia Tocar (Framed in Belarus) as presenters and Katrin Kivimaa as discussant. The seminar was followed by a guided… Continue reading Arts, Crafts, Affects
With the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the past has returned in Eastern Europe, changing from something distant into a present-day disaster for millions of people. The invasion that started in 2014 with Crimea, Luhansk and Donbass was often dismissed by the international community, but it has now grown into a situation that is… Continue reading Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds in Vilnius
In this article written with Ieva Astahovska for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Post platform we review the ongoing research and exchange project “Communicating Difficult Pasts” (2019-22), its different activities, its creative and curatorial methods used. In the project we approach Baltic history as global and closely entangled with its adjacent regions. We propose… Continue reading Article at MoMA Post
The exhibition “Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds” includes works by Aslan Ġoisum, Jaana Kokko, Quinsy Gario, Lia Dostlieva, Andrii Dostliev, Paulina Pukytė, Ülo Pikkov, Vika Eksta, Zuzanna Hertzberg. The stories of this exhibition bring together the difficult and often-silenced aspects of pasts including violent conflicts, painful losses and their long-term legacies. The difficult pasts addressed here… Continue reading Exhibition “Difficult Pasts. Connected Worlds” Riga
Symposium “Prisms of Silence” (21-22.02.2020) organized at Estonian Academy of Arts analysed how could we approach significant silences. Its focus is on the Second World war and the Soviet period silences, which we sought to tackle in order to understand contemporary social change. The symposium was organized by Margaret Tali and Ieva Astahovska. It constituted… Continue reading Symposium “Prisms of Silence” Tallinn
On 24 January I presented my ongoing research in Groningen. I was been invited to contribute to the Symposium “Peripheral Narratives, Minority Identities” that took place as a part of the Winterschool “Stories to Live By: Narratives and Identity” program at the University of Groningen.
From 7-19 January I will be in Lithuania, as a guest at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vilnius University doing research, meeting artists, curators and documentary filmmakers. I will return later in spring to give a talk about my work.
I am excited to put together the program and organise the 6th Summer school of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art in collaboration with Ieva Astahovska for a group of 20 curators, artists and humanity scholars (2-7 August 2019) in Kuldīga, Latvia. The central theme of the program will be how violent pasts remain with us and… Continue reading Summer School “Communicating Difficult Pasts”
29-30 September together with art historian and curator Ieva Astahovska we were invited to hold a workshop in Riga in the framework of “Language: from Practice to Action” program curated by Maija Rudovska and Inga Lāce. The starting point for this workshop was the politics of language and the operation of competition in the cultural… Continue reading Doing things with words under neoliberalism
On 2nd May I will talk about my book “Absence and Difficult Knowledge in Contemporary Art Museums” at Studio Seine as a part of Conversas in Rotterdam. For more information please see here . Welcome to join!