Johannes Luik's solo exhibition about physical memory at the Tartu Art House

November 22, 2021
Author Echo Gone Wrong

The exhibition “I Know What Was Yesterday Tomorrow” is mainly based on the artist’s feelings and memories about physical locations and it investigates how personal experiences of materials and spaces can be viewed as physical memories. “Most of the exhibited works are closely associated with memories about places that are important to me and the materials and shapes that are linked to them. Since my background is tightly connected with the medium of sculpture, it is natural for me to approach material not only as a means to execute an idea, but as something that carries a certain memory and is capable of entering into a dialogue with us. I try to use the works at the exhibition to decode my memories using space and materials as transmitters of memory and as stimuli for memory impulses,” Luik explains.

According to the curator Mailis Timmi, the exhibition is not merely looking back but raises questions about the role that past experiences play in shaping the future. “Although memories are something that we usually understand in connection with the past, the works of Johannes Luik inquire about the role memories play in experiencing the present moment and the future. Memory images created years ago alongside connections and reflexes that have been shaped through time accompany us every day, assisting us in interpreting the surrounding reality and creating an image of our surroundings through a filter of the past. As in life, many of the connections presented at the exhibition are shared, but many are also deeply personal,” says Timmi.

Johannes Luik (b 1988) has studied sculpture and installation at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2017 and 2018, Luik was awarded the grand prix at the Young Sculptor Award Exhibition and in 2020 he was the winner of the Adamson-Eric young artist scholarship.

The exhibition is open until 12th December 2021.

Photography: Jürgen Vainola