Installation view. Flo Kasearu "Excuses" (2021). "Nocturnal visions", a public art exhibition, commissioned and organized by CCA . Photo: Tõnis Jürgens.

On 5 February at 16.00 the second part of the public art exhibitions titled “Nocturnal visions” opens with “Excuses” by Flo Kasearu, presented on the wall of the Explorer building at Kai 1, Tallinn.

The work is best viewed from a distance, so we invite everyone to arrive from the Mere puiestee side, keeping a safe distance. Flo Kasearu’s work is on view every day between 17.00–22.00 (on weekends until 23.00) from 5 February to 4 March.

“Excuses” is a series of charcoal drawings depicting real life excuses used to justify domestic violence, everything from dying in a video game to getting bitten by a tick. A similar series of drawings is currently on display at Tallinn Art Hall at Kasearu’s solo exhibition “Cut out of life”. In its essence, intimate partner violence is abuse of power in self-interest. Similarly, corruption is also abuse of power in self-interest, currently discussed in relation to the Tallinn port area, next to the Explorer building.

Flo Kasearu uses drawing to comment on everyday events or social problems. “Even though the facade of this building is ideally meant for displaying bold light shows, I wanted to approach it from a completely different angle and show classical static charcoal drawing on the state-of-the-art LED screen,” said the artist. “This contrast between the two media is as absurd as the “excuses” men have given to justify their violent behaviour. Because we all know that violence and abuse of power cannot be excused.”

Flo Kasearu (1985) combines performance, video, painting and installation in her work. Often working fast and in a responsive manner, she uses a fine sense of humour to approach various social issues. Many know her as the founder of her house museum in Pelgulinn, Tallinn. In 2012 she won the Grand Prix of the Köler Prize and was the recipient of Estonian artists’ salary between 2016 and 2019.

“Nocturnal visions” is a series of exhibitions in city space initiated by Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, bringing contemporary art to the LED-screens of the Explorer building. In January, Kristi Kongi exhibited her piece “Pink cloud” and in March Norman Orro’s artwork will be presented.

The Explorer commercial building is located in Tallinn, near Mere puiestee. The building’s facade is constructed using a solution unique in Estonia: all of its walls are covered in LED panels, allowing to display a 360-degree static and dynamic image. Essentially, the whole facade of the building can be used as a large screen.

Owned by the real estate developer Estmak Capital, the commercial building Explorer was officially recognised as the most environmentally friendly commercial building in Estonia. It obtained an energy-efficient building certification LEED Platinum (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, USGBC, USA) that makes the building the greenest of its kind. Estmak Capital supports contemporary Estonian art and wishes to contribute to making the city more colourful and creative.

The CCA is the oldest centre of art expertise in Estonia, creating possibilities for Estonian artists and within the Estonian art field since 1992. The CCA is also the commissioner of the Estonian pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The CCA actively participates in the Estonian art scene by curating and organising exhibitions and other art events, and publishes an online magazine.

The title of the exhibition series, “Nocturnal visions” is a reference to the poetry collection by the Estonian poet Doris Kareva “Ööpildid”, published in 1980.


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