Painting exhibition by Anna Škodenko 'At Arm’s Length' at the Tallinn City Gallery

2023 11 10 — 2024 01 21 at Tallinn City Gallery
Author Echo Gone Wrong
Published in Events in Estonia

On 10 November at 6 pm, Anna Škodenko’s solo exhibition At Arm’s Length will be opened in Tallinn City Gallery. Depicting fragments and layers of reality, the artist also shows the complex and scatterd nature of the surrounding world, where the whole falls out of hand and it seems impossible to grasp anything. However, this fascinating painting exhibition serves as a confirmation that what is impossible in life becomes possible in art. The curator of the exhibition is Tamara Luuk.

From many things studied in different institutions, painting has been Anna Škodenko’s most consistent companion. Flexibly interpreted, it appears again and again in her work, although the uses different media. The precise and skilful labour that she corrects with the help of the camera (as is nowadays done by almost every painter who does not work solely on emotions) seems to bring her joy and satisfaction. “Her huge advantage is her realist attention to detail in both thought and formal expression. Her Russian mother tongue and cultural background drag her into the unknown; Western rationality and aesthetics keep her from branching out. Most importantly, she is able to present her weakness for the exploratory and theoretical as self-sufficient artistic expression. In such a symbiosis, the grey mundanity of Realism acquires the potential to become silver,” says Tamara Luuk, curator of the exhibition.

Anna Škodenko (1986) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is characterised by a lyrical and analytical approach to her medium and visual image. The format of her work depends on the conceptual frame, which she creates through textual writing and which is conditioned by a specific place, context and theme. Škodenko graduated from the painting department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (2009), complemented her studies at Chelsea College of Art in England and later in the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, and graduated from the master’s program at Glasgow School of Arts (2017). She has been awarded with the Eduard Wiiralt Prize (2016) and Köler Prize Grand Prix (2018). In 2019 Škodenko participated in a residency at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.

You are kindly invited to the opening of the exhibition on 10 November at 6 pm. A special tour with the curator will take place on 25 November at 12 pm. The exhibition At Arm’s Length will remain open until 21 January 2024.

Tallinn City Gallery (Harju 13, Tallinn) is open from Wednesday to Sunday 11–6 pm. Half-hour tours in Estonian will be held every Saturday at 1 pm. Free entry.