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Location scouting by the sea

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

TALLINN 12 – 30 September 2020

Vabaduse Gallery, Vabaduse väljak 8

On Tuesday, I walked past Vabaduse gallery and then, remembering that someone had recommended its current exhibition, went back and was pleasantly surprised to see it was photography by Eve Kiiler. Eve studied interior architecture in the 1980s and then spent much of the 90s organising a legendary (albeit short-lived) biennale of contemporary art on the island of Saaremaa. Read more about that here. Since then Eve has continued to use photography to explore the shifts and transformations in Estonian society over the last 20 years. Her work has varied from conceptually driven images sometimes involving language, through to more intimate depictions of the public and semi-private space, at times focusing on architecture and the built environment.

Her photographs immediately strike you as being compositionally solid without being overly tight, and this means she finds room to imbue them with a sense of the intimate, familiar and even social without actually having very many people in shot. This exhibition called Võtteplats mere aares (Location scouting by the sea) is no exception.

Photographs in simple frames are grouped according to location, with many exploring new developments in the public space in Tallinn as well as less obvious locations on the outskirts of urban centres. The construction of the new Reedi road between Kadriorg and the ferry terminals as well as the new developments around Noblessner both figure prominently. There are also some architectural views of new buildings in the city as well as some sea views in less urban settings.

The walls are pretty full and variety in the subject matter means there is something here for most tastes to enjoy and explore. As hinted above, even though few people get captured in Kiiler’s frame, she nevertheless manages to create a sense of people being present or having been present. A feeling that someone is just out of shot or watching the viewer pervades many of the groups of images – and this without being creepy or unnerving but rather comforting and inclusive.

On until the end of September, this is definitely worth visiting, especially if you are a lover of quality photography.

Võtteplats mere aares (Location scouting by the sea)

Eve Kiiler

Vabaduse galerii, Vabaduse väljak 8

12 – 30 September

By Michael Haagensen

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