Contemporary Arts

Kristina NORMAN

Born 1979 in Talinn (Estonia), based in Talinn.

Norman studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where she now teaches. She takes as her theme the idea of memory as it relates to a single place, conveyed through multimedia installations centered on film. On display here is 《After War》, a typical example of her work, which represented Estonia at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. After attaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the government of Estonia set out to remove the Soviet statues that had been erected in the city center in 1947. They were shifted to the outskirts of Talinn in 2007, which caused the Russian community in Estonia to rise up in opposition. This installation uses video, sculpture, and photography to give a multifaceted presentation of a very ordinary statue and what happens to it. And through the story of the statue and the place where it stood, she pokes fun at politics and shines a light on the symbolic meaning that public art and public property holds for a community.

  《After War》2009
Installation view at The Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
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