Opening in August last year, The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe has been fascinating locals and visitors alike for the past 5 months and if you haven’t seen it yet, you have just 2 weeks left before it closes!
Held in the Kumu Exhibition Spaces at the Art Museum of Estonia, The Travellers features works from 24 contemporary artists that were all completed in the last 17 years. The works explore the notion of travel and the freedoms that come with it, in a region that has suffered various restrictions on its freedoms throughout its history.
Once a luxury available to a privileged few, travel started to become more widely accessible after the 1989 revolutionary years began. The subsequent opening up of the region to the world had significant impact on how central and eastern Europe developed and became more globalised.
The Travellers explores the impact of travel by way of expanding opportunities, while at the same time increasing tensions and political instability through migration. The featured artists all come from the 15 countries of the former Soviet bloc and the former Yugoslavia. Their work shares their personal perspectives and experiences of life within borders and beyond, as they were confronted by new languages, cultures, opinions and challenges.
The artists involved are Adéla Babanová, Daniel Baker, Olga Chernysheva, Wojciech Gilewicz, C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska, Flo Kasearu, Karel Koplimets, Irina Korina, Taus Makhacheva, Porter McCray, Alban Muja, Ilona Németh & Jonathan Ravasz, Roman Ondák, Tímea Anita Oravecz, Adrian Paci, Vesna Pavlović, Dushko Petrovich, Janek Simon, Radek Szlaga & Honza Zamojski, Maja Vukoje and Sislej Xhafa. They come from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo, United States, United Kingdom and Estonia.
There will be an English language curator’s tour of the exhibition at 4.30pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018.
The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, is on now at the Kumu Exhibition Spaces at the Art Museum of Estonia. The exhibition will close on Sunday 28th Janury 2018. See here for information on entry and ticketing.
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