It is just due to the geographical interconnection and the multiplicity of nationalities, Estonia was once called “Border State” . The title “Border State” has borrowed from a book of one of the distinguished writer, essayist Tonu Onnepalu (alias Emil Tode). He writes: “Once I read from the newspaper the word “border state”. It was titled so the country from where I come. It was the political notion. Very exact, by the way. Border state cannot exist. There is something on this or on that side of border but not on border. There is highway and field with the cottage house under the big thirsty trees but where is the border between them? We cannot see that. And when You happen to stand on the border then no one can see you, in spite of which side he is.”
The purpose of the exhibition is to present the Estonian artists' ideas about their own, Estonian identity, their hesitations and hopes in our, still transitions of time and at the same time at the end of history, end of time. And at the same time the exhibition tries to give a wider picture about Estonia also, especially for the people who have never heard about this small land, Border State.
Estonia-Sino Exhibition Exchanges
Curator, Reet Varblane
Maybe it is the location of Estonia right on the northern borderline of the continent that endows the artists there with more characteristics of contemporary art. Keeping in step with the social development, contemporary art, as a way of Cultural exchanges between nations helps us better understand the differences between our two countries in society and culture, way of life, religious beliefs and values.
Held by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia and undertaken by University City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and Tallinn Art Hall of the Republic of Estonia, “the Border State- Estonian Contemporary Art Exhibition” is one of the culture exchange projects. It features artworks of easel paintings,installation, DV images by Estonian artists. The exhibition will open up to visitors not only the latest developments of Estonian contemporary art, but also the cultural venation.
Sino-Estonia Exhibition Exchanges