Emma Duester is an ESRC-funded PhD researcher in her second year of study in the Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. In her research, Emma explores the Baltic art worlds of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In particular, she is interested in the mobility of artists and the effects of this on the Baltic cities of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. The main theoretical idea is about mobility and how it can reframe the current understanding of migration. Emma has been interviewing artists as well as other art workers over the past year and has carried out participant observation at Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius and has spent time with an Estonian artist in Vienna.

Artist Mobility and the Baltic Cities: Revealing a Transnational Art World

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Mobility is an important part of the everyday life and practice of artists. Many artists take part in short-term mobility in order to gain inspiration, form partnerships and contacts, and create networks and/or collaborations. Some of these pathways created through

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