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An Individualist Anarchist

investigating idiotic space in Estonia

Marko Laimre is a leading Estonian artist who lives and works in Tallinn. He was born in Parnu in 1968 and studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts. He works with painting, photography, video and installation. He represented Estonia at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.
A prominent Estonian artist, Marko Laimre lives and works in Tallinn. He studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts from 1992-96 in the Painting Faculty and is recognised as one of the most noteworthy and productive young Estonian artists. Laimre works in painting, photography, video and installation.

Eha Komissarov, Curator of the Contemporary Art Centre at the Estonian Art Museum, asserts: ´Laimre’s conceptual approach to social problems makes him quite an exceptional figure in the Estonian art scene. Traditionally our art tends to ignore social reality. Laimre has accepted a role as an active innovator in Estonia and has also actively contributed to the Eastern European artistic discourse.´

Marko Laimre was selected to represent Estonia at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. His work, ´Hunger´, was realised as an interactive sound and video installation at the Palazzo Giustinian Lolin.

Laimre describes the project: ´For each of the five monitors exhibited inside there was a cradle made out of mirror at the inner yard of the palazzo. Each of the mirror-cradles with the sculpture made out of tiny white clothes and a discreet video-eye for each of the absent (non-existent) babies, was sending back a constant feedback image to a monitor, occasionally capturing a viewer bending down to a cradle. Left untouched, the cradles emitted a sound of hysterical hunger cries which could be soothed only by a viewer interacting with the piece and swinging the cradle.´

Laimre’s solo exhibitions include ‘Smile’ at Push Firma Beige, Helsinki (2001) and ‘Worldmaps’ at Muu-ry Gallery, Helsinki (1997). Solo shows in Tallinn include ‘Black Ball’ at the Art Hall Gallery (2002, ‘Super Lights’ at City Gallery (2001) and ‘Here’ (with Ene-Liis Semper) at the Art Museum of Estonia, Rotermann Salt Storage Art Centre (2000).

In ‘Black Ball’ Laimre described his method of making art as ´experimental semiotics´. Critic Anders Harm´s conclusion was that ´the most obvious sub-current of the "Black Ball" is the model of paranoia´ and comments on Laimre’s references to David Lynch, Lacanian theory and psychoanalysis. His review in Estonian Art 2’ 2002 analyses Laimre’s assertion that his art is a research of Idiotic Space.

´Today when "everything" is forbidden, we find ourselves in a heightened state of alert because the stoker makes the introduction, the hockey player finds the puck, and the snow shoveller screams horribly on a winder morning, preparing the ground. Therefore: the room is not yet ready!´ (Marko Laimre, for ´Black Ball´).

Laimre has enjoyed a high level of participation in international group exhibitions. These include ‘Shop of the Curiosities’ at Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2000), ‘Analog Television’ in Artgenda 2000 at Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, and other shows in the USA, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Croatia and Sweden. Laimre has made a number of performance pieces in Estonia between 1993 and 1997. He has curated two exhibitions in Estonia and was a scriptwriter for ´Ja/Ei´, a series on contemporary art on Estonian national television in 1994-95.

Marko Laimre was shortlisted for the Visiting Arts/Spike Island International Fellowship 2002 on the nomination of Eha Komissarov, Curator of the Contemporary Art Centre of Estonian Art Museum.
Author: Judith Staines

Bio

Marko Laimre is a leading Estonian artist who lives and works in Tallinn. He was born in Parnu in 1968 and studied in the Faculty of Painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts from 1992-96. He works with painting, photography, video and installation. He was selected to represent Estonia at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. He has had many solo exhibitions in Estonia and Finland as well as participation in group exhibitions across Europe. He has received several awards including Hansabank (2001), UNDP (1996), Swedish Institute travel grant (1995) and national arts grants.

Works

CURATORSHIPS

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
1997 ´Hortus Hostium´, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia 1995 ´Artel of History´, exhibition for Saaremaa Biennial 95, Kuressaare, Estonia

PERFORMANCES (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
1997 ´Rifle Range´, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia 1996 ´Emptiness & Democracy´, old watertower, Tallinn, Estonia 1995 ´On Behaviour´, Saaremaa Biennial, Trimadu Group, Kuressaare, Estonia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2001 49th Venice Biennale, Estonian exposition, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice 2000 ´Mechanics of Rituals´, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia 2000 ´Shop of the Curiosities´, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK 2000 ´Analog Television´ (in Artgenda 2000), Lasipalatsi, Helsinki 1999 International Ljubljana Graphic Biennial, Slovenia 1999 ´East - West Sofa´, Frankfurt, Germany 1998 ´Best Before´, Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, Lithuania 1998 ´Out of the Shadows´, Wellington B Gray Gallery, East Carolina, USA 1998 ´Interaction & Integration´, Kulturhuset Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 1996 ´Personal Time´, Baltic art 1945096 exhibition, toured to Warsaw & St Petersburg

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

Exhibition / Installation,
2003
2002 ´Black Ball´, Tallinn Art Hall 2001 ´Smile´, Push Firma Beige, Helsinki 2001 ´Super Lights´, City Gallery, Tallinn 2001 ´Stere -erep´, Hansapank Gallery, Tallinn 2000 ´Here´ (with Ene-Liis Semper), Art Museum of Estonia, Rotermann Salt Storage Arts Centre, Tallinn 1999 ´Bonj - Nonj - Nonj - Non - Now!´, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery 1998 ´Egoistically Correct´, Art Museum of Estonia, Rotermann Salt Storage Arts Centre, Tallinn 1997 ´Worldmaps´, Muu-ry Gallery, Helsinki 1996 ´Divided Territories´, Blackheads Guild Gallery, Tallinn

Merits

2001 Art Award from Hansabank
1999 International Ljubljana Graphic Biennial (2nd prize)
1997 Art Award from ´Paevaleht´ daily
1996 Bikem Memorial Award for Young Graphic Designers (Turkey)
1996 UNDP Contemporary Art Award
1995 Travel Grant from Swedish Institute
1995 Annual Grant from Estonian National Endowment for the Arts
1994/95 Grant from the Foundation for National Culture

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Spike Island International Fellowship 2002

(30 October 01 - 30 July 02)

Www

Estonian Art

Anders Harm review of ´Black Ball and Theoretical Sneakers´, at Tallinn Art Hall, 2002
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Mother is Washing Windows
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Aborted State
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Red Arrow
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Hunger