You Have Become the Space
Curator: Laura Toots
Opening on Friday 16th November at 6pm
The exhibition takes place on the ground floor of EKKM
EKKM is proud to present Ingel Vaiklaʼs first solo exhibition You Have Become the Space. The exhibition derives from the idea that architecture and the human body may be integral to one another – architecture is changed by and dependent upon its user, while that user must adapt to the architectural environment. Two new spatial video works unfold at EKKM, their constructions designed by architects Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa.
Vaikla’s work examines the relationship between architecture, film and memory, emphasises the passing of time, the thread that connects them all. The spatial and social tensions created through the passing of time are analysed with the help of the characters in her films.
As a visual artist and film-maker Vaikla has studied the proximity between active and passive viewing practices. In a cinema, the duration, narrative and even the spatial position of the viewer in relation to the screen, are all fixed. In a gallery space, however, the viewer has the opportunity to throw those parameters into disarray and choose to accept the cinematographic and physical obstructions and uncertainties offered by the exhibition.
Ingel Vaikla graduated from the Department of Photography of the Estonian Academy of Arts (BA 2015) and the Department of Film of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (MA 2017), and is currently attending the postgraduate residency programme HISK, also in Ghent. Her research focuses on the relationship between architecture and its users, and the representation of architecture in photography and film. Vaiklaʼs films The House Guard (2015) and Roosenberg (2017) have been screened internationally at film festivals and art institutions. Vaikla has also curated numerous experimental film programmes, with a focus on artists’ moving images.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in English and Estonian, which is available to buy from the EKKM café and from Lugemik book shop. Texts by Angelique Campens, Chiara Guidi, Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa and Laura Toots. Graphic design by Ott Metusala. Published by EKKM and Lugemik.
Curator: Laura Toots
Architects: Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa
Graphic designer: Ott Metusala
With thanks to: Adrian Lenglet, Ruth Ojala, Jasper Rigole, Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla, Urmo Vaikla, Jeroen Verrecht and Caroline Voet
Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Majatohter
During the opening week of the exhibition two public events will take place:
15th November at 6pm – Lecture by architect Caroline Voet in the framework of the Open Lecture Series organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture (presented in English).
Address: Estonian Academy of Arts, Kotzebue 1 / Põhja pst 7.
17th November at 4pm – Tour with the artist and curator (presented in English or Estonian, depending on the audience).
Address: EKKM, Põhja pst 35.
Laura Toots, curator
+372 5117 886