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Kriša Salmaņa instalāciju Artishok Biennālē "A+B=AB14" komentē Tanel Rander 0

18/09/2014
Līga Lindenbauma

17. septembrī Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā notika pirmais Latviešu un Igauņu kopprojekta Artishok Biennāle A+B=AB14 pasākums. Kā pirmais mākslas darbs desmit dienu atklāšanu ciklā tika tvērta Kriša Salmaņa skaņas instalācijas „Oda priekam (Veltījums Eiropas himnai)”, kuru papildināja 10 projektā iesaistīto kritiķu teksti. Pēc Salmaņa darba atvēršanas notika saruna ar kritiķi Pēteri Talvistu (EST), kuru intervēja žurnāla „Kunst.ee” galvenais redaktors Andreas Trosseks (Andreas Trossek). Kriša Salmaņa skaņas instalācija būs klausāma līdz pat AB beigām, bet kritiķu teksti lasāmi biennāles mājas lapā www.artishokbiennale.org/AB14.
Turpmāk līdz pat 26. septembrim AB ietvaros Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā katru vakaru tiks atklāts pa vienam mākslainieka darbam un to pavadošajiem kritiķu tekstiem. Pilnā apjomā – ar visiem biennāles laikā radītajiem mākslas darbiem un kuratoru atlasītiem kritiķu tekstiem - izstāde būs pieejama apmeklētājiem divas nedēļas - no 27. septembra līdz 11.oktobrim. Paralēli izstāžu zālēs skatāmi arī 10 mākslas darbi no Mūkusalas Mākslas salona kolekcijas, kurus komentējušu biennāles kritiķi.

AB piedalās mākslinieki no Igaunijas: Kristi Kongi, Laura Kūska (Laura Kuusk), Jass Kaselāns (Jass Kaselaan), Martiini un Margus Tamms (Margus Tamm), no Latvijas Kristīne Alksne, Jana Briķe, Krisš Salmanis, Arturs Bērziņš, Ivars Grāvlejs. Mākslas kritiķu plejādi no Igaunijas pārstāv Tanels Randers (Tanel Rander), andreas w, Pēteris Talvistu (Peter Talvistu), Mari Kartau un Elena Šmakova no Latvijas Maija Rudovska, Jānis Taurens, Valts Miķelsons, Pauls Bankovskis, Anna Salmane. 2014. gada AB14 kuratori ir Šelda Puķīte (LV) un Indreks Grigors (EST). Biennāles dizaina autors ir Kristians Brekte (LV).

Sākot no šodienas Arterritory.com sekos līdzi Artishok  biennāles notikumiem, katru dienu sniedzot ieskatu iepriekšējās dienas  galvenā autora darbā, daloties ar  kāda no kritiķu  komentāriem. Šoreiz par Kriša Salmaņa instalāciju „Oda priekam (Veltījums Eiropas himnai)”  izsakās igauņu mākslinieks un mākslas kritiķis Tanel Rander.

 WHAT AWAITS US?

 

“Whether it be passing centuries, dark howl-filled years or leagues”

Erkki Luuk, “Uriaadi lõpp”

Wolves advance on Europe, travel through bare snowy fields, howl. “These wolves won’t hunt us,” we comfort each other. These wolves only eat fear that seeps from every European. At least from those that live in the midst of snowy fields. “They won’t hunt us, they only eat the blood of the Ukrainians,” we comfort each other. They only kill in the south, but here in the north they only howl and prowl. They wouldn’t dare to make a kill. They howl, and almost comfortingly, they howl the anthem of the European Union. “How can they hold a tune so well if they’ve never learned it?” we can’t understand. We can’t distinguish Russian, English, German or French from the howling. We don’t even know where they’re coming from – East or the West? We have nothing but the vast emptiness, wailing winds and animals howling.

Baltic proverbs:

If a cuckoo bird calls, Putin will attack. If it doesn’t call, it won’t matter – he’ll still attack.

If the wolves are howling the Ode to Joy, then Putin won’t attack.

If it snows on October 1, 2014 then Putin will attack. If it doesn’t snow then what do you think will happen?

Let’s all keep quiet just in case – you’ll never know, perhaps Putin is just a figment of someone’s imagination, the fruit of Western propaganda? Who laughs in the end, has the best laugh. War is unreal. We are accustomed to wars that take place somewhere else. We are accustomed to living at the end of history. We have lived there over 20 years. We keep quiet just in case – you’ll never know, maybe you’ll acquire a profitable position under Russian rule. Or be fired for something.

Let’s keep quiet just in case – silence is beautiful and European, like Kārlis Hūns’s Landscape with a little fisherman. All my friends from Western Europe think the Baltics are backwards and russophobic. So what, we try really hard – we will still not be white enough and European enough. We just keep quiet just in case, let them wolves howl – wolves are a part of nature and nature is our friend. Maybe they’re not wolves, but figments of our imagination? Even if they are wolves, they howl in a very European way. Evidently they have been to Brussels – and there’s nothing more secure and safe than Brussels. Someone that’s been enlightened in that city cannot be dangerous – be it a wolf or a man.

Anyway, do we agree on the meaning of wolf in general here in the Baltics? For example, in Estonia we say “hunt”, in Latvia they say “vilks” and in Lithuania “vilkas”.

While the first is White House war propaganda, pure and simple, the latter two seem to be in unity. They also appear neutral.

There’s an old Estonian joke about how the dogs in Russia, Latvia and Lithuania bark.

In Russia: gav gav gav

In Latvia: gavs gavs gavs

In Lithuania: gavgatis gavgatis gavgatis

TANEL RANDER