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andreas w teksts par Lauras Kūskas fotogrāfiju sēriju “Vēstule” un “Svece” 0

Līga Lindenbauma
23/09/2014

22. septembrī Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā tika atklātas Lauras Kūskas (EST) fotogrāfiju sērijas „Vēstule” un „Svece”, māksliniecei piedaloties atklāšanā ar Skype starpniecību. Vakaru turpināja Artishok Biennāles 2014 kuratores Šeldas Puķītes (LV) saruna ar kritiķi Maiju Rudovsku (LV)

Šodien, 23. septembrī plkst. 18:00 tiks atklāts Ivara Grāvleja darbs „Bez nosaukuma”. Plkst. 18:30 notiks saruna ar kritiķi andreas w (EST), kuru intervēs žurnāla Estonian Art galvenā redaktore Līna Sīb (EST, Liina Siib).

Arterritory lasītājiem piedāvājam iepazīties ar andreas w tekstu par Lauras Kūskas fotogrāfiju sēriju „Vēstule” un „Svece”.

Backwards - moving Knight

I’m not actually sure I would be interested in a photographic image completely stripped from dynamics and movement of time. Yes, it’s a shadow of discomfort that attracts attention. But that’s all extra-pictorial; the head compiles the pattern itself. Although it derives it from the picture.

Meanings are preceded by the physical recognition of a photographic image. The first spark goes through our brain way before we see meanings: we see outlines, placement of objects, their gravity and characteristics. We base a lot of assumptions on that. But still meaning remains in the depot. We always reach the destination before it.

Laura Kuusk constructs her photos so that they would remain unrecognizable in the mainstream (journalistic photography, Facebook). That they would remain unreadable. No one would stop to look at them, not even accidentally. The photo editor would discard them even before his brain finalizes the decision to discard them. Later he would not be able to remember anything. Facebook news feed would feel like there had been something he would rather forget, but cannot remember what it was exactly. Contemporary photography, on the other hand, would notice the familiar stylistics – a photograph of a condition that constructs too apathetically and overly sterilely something that should be a human moment. But all these registrations are wrong.

Discomfort has its own threshold that is usually located in the most unexpected places. Discomfort may not necessarily come from a scary narrative. Often it’s more oppressive in various forms of omission – in places where there should be a gesture or an expression, there’s a lacuna; something lost or dropped. We are shown something and we do not understand. Now that is eerie. Because we look for expressions, gestures and recognition before we look for meaning.

Furniture and objects can’t create these sensations because they lack means of expression. They do not operate with subtleties. A table just is. A bathtub too. Choosing the light, optics and colours they could, of course, be nuanced as well. But still the more detailed ripples of the surface remain in the registers of human expression. We are simply not sensitized enough to anything comparable. What we notice stems directly from evolution.

And Laura’s photos don’t show us what we’ve been pre-programmed to notice. They demonstratively leave that part out. Someone has put down a letter they did not read. We don’t know if it was important or not. We don’t know how the person we are shown will react. Of if they react at all. 

In reality we don’t even know if it was a letter or not. What is certain is that the important never arrived. On any channel.

andreas w

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Līdz pat 26. septembrim AB ietvaros Mūkusalas Mākslas salonā katru vakaru tiek atklāts viena mākslinieka darbs un to pavadošie desmit kritiķu teksti. 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 komentējuši biennāles kritiķi. Visi kritiķu teksti lasāmi biennāles mājas lapā www.artishokbiennale.org.

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).

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