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Belgium: Aili Vint and Kris Lemsalu at exhibition in Brussels

Estonian artists Aili Vint and Kris Lemsalu (curator Maria Arusoo) are participating in the Komplot's exhibition "Disorder" in Brussels.

The exhibition calls for a reflection on how to stay hospitable in the uncertain political situation; how to stay together in isolated islands. Both artists show one work: Aili Vint's graphic sheet "Improvisation IV" (1965) and Kris Lemsalu's installation "Erik und Maria" (2015-2016).

Participating artists: Bora Akinciturk, Nils Aliz-Tabeling, Julie Béna, Francisco Gamacho Herrera, Arnaud Eubelen, Jade Fourès-Varnier & Vincent de Hoÿm, Julien Goniche, Kaspars Groševs, Katerina Kana, Hardijs Lediņš & Imants Žodžiks, Kris Lemsalu, Salvatore Moro, Alex Morrison, Adler Murada, Cécile Noguès, Jaakko Pallasvuo & Viktor Timofeev, Carl Palm, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Elise Van Morik, Aili Vint.

Curators: Maria Arusoo, Sonia Dermience, Diesel, Valentinas Klimašauskas, Montecristi Project, Maija Rudovksa.

The exhibition is part of the project "Somewhere in Between" at Bozar Centre for Fine Arts and is open from June 19 to August 19, 2018.

Although the exhibited works are separated from each other by almost five decades, they share a similar perception of modern day. Lemsalu's "Maria und Erik" refers to a modern still life in the form of skull-head of Erik or the dried blood on the tampons, forming Maria’s dress. The still life is disturbed only by the continuously ringing mobile phone which is part of the installation. "Improvisation IV" is an exceptional work in Aili Vint’s practice. Here she has abandoned her then-praised colourful gouache painting style that characterized her works through the 1960s and has used the duplication technique inherent to pop and op art but in a more dark, mystical way.

The Bozar exhibition "Somewhere in Between" brings together different artists across Europe. In addition to Lemsalu and Vint, Raul Keller is also presenting Estonia.

On June 20, the exhibition will be accompanied by a roundtable "Variations on Vulnerability", where Maria Arusoo will present a talk on the functioning of small institutions based on the experience and projects of the Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia. In addition, various artists and curators across Europe will perform, including, for example, Seloua Luste Boulbina, Finnish artists Jaakko Pallasvuo and Anni Puolokka and Estonian artist Kiwa Noid.

Aili Vint (1941) is one of the key figures of Estonian avant-garde of the 1960s. As part of the artist group ANK'64 Vint experimented with pop and psychedelic art, using its techniques to create her own unique bodily landscapes.

Kris Lemsalu (1985) is an artist that combines ceramics with installation and performance art. She often uses personal stories, situations, moments when traveling as a base of her works. In 2019 Lemsalu will represent Estonia at the 58th Venice art biennial.

Maria Arusoo (1983) is director of Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia and curator. Her recent projects include "Soft Scrub, Hard Body, Liquid Precence", an exhibition of Merike Estna and Maria Metsalu at Art in General, New York in 2017, and a group exhibition "Winter is Coming (Homage to the Future)" at Georg Kargl, Vienna in 2016.

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