Fold by Fold the Widowed Stone Unrobes Itself. Tallinn Photomonth’17



Vernissage on September 22 at 6pm.

23 September at 1 pm a curatorial tour with the artists will take place.

The exhibition takes place on the upper floors of EKKM.

The exhibition is part of the main programme of Tallinn Photomonth ’17 contemporary art biennial.

Can an exhibition create a temporary zone in which the rules we use to conceive of reality – gravity, chronos, causality, you name it – don’t apply in the way we are accustomed to? Can it fold onto itself to induce glitches, interruptions, wormholes into a different dimension – like sound evaporating from behind a stone wall with a source impossible to be localised – a room in which standing bodies appear sloped even though everything else seems to be upright – a corridor leading nowhere and everywhere at once?

The exhibition Fold by Fold the Widowed Stone Unrobes Itself does not propose a definite narrative or argument to peruse. It comes into being in front of our eyes, caressing our ears, permeating our noses, affected by our touch. It invites us into an ambiguous plot, to change it, to create it. Like mist hovering over the city of Bruges in Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem Remembering Belgian Friends, which lends the exhibition its title, the vapour gradually fades to unrobe the houses and bridges, like a parallel dimension worming its way into the show. Social relations may find parallels in the winding architecture of the space, thoughts cling to the walls, and lines of poetry dangle from spider webs.

Fold by fold, certainty peels off from the stony surfaces of the former heating plant housing that EKKM is. Its architecture becomes a container for a meandering narrative. A glitch in the system, a ghost in the machine, a sentient consciousness inhabiting the building. And, while folding back onto itself, widows, stones, robes.

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Union of Photography Artists, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Embassy of Sweden, iaspis.