There and Back Again: Contemporary art from the Baltic Sea region

There and Back Again: Contemporary art from the Baltic Sea region
Library Shelf Location 15a.BAHA
Publication Date 2018

Published on the occasion of the exhibition titled There and Back Again at Kiasma 09.02.2018 - 24.03.2019

The exhibition updates our view of contemporary art in the Baltic region, bringing together 26 artists from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland and Russia.

Countries around the Baltic Sea are united by geography and history. The region is a point of confluence for many economic, political and cultural interests. Hansa towns, the Soviet Union, Via Baltica, a gas pipeline and nature protection have unified countries and people while also separating them.

There and Back Again is an exhibition about a time characterised by the mobility of people, goods and work but also by political tensions between superpowers. The palpable backstory is the Soviet era with its restrictions, traumas and memories.

Themes shared by the works are travelling, migration, place and the sense of belonging. The artists depict journeys across seas, settling in a new place and dreams of change.

The journeys are also inner explorations of identity. The works invite us to consider where we are coming from, where we are going and where we belong, but they also make visible very ordinary things: travelling between Finland and Estonia, social media events and even booze cruises.

Many of the artists featured in the show grew up in the Baltic region in the 1980s and 1990s and lived through the restoration of independence of their homeland. Many of them have studied and worked abroad, some of them in Finland.


Tanya Akhmetgalieva, Roma Auškalnyte, Miķelis Fišers, Alexei Gordin, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Alge Julija Kavaliauskaitė, Flo Kasearu, Tiina Ketara, Karel Koplimets, Kris Lemsalu, Inga Meldere, Daria Melnikova, Mindaugas Navakas, Katrīna Neiburga, Jüri Okas, Anna Reivilä, Jaanus Samma, Tea Tammelaan, Maria Toboła, Jaan Toomik, Gintautas Trimakas & Nomeda Urbonienė & Elena Valiukaitė, Gediminas Urbonas, Jenni Yppärilä and Darius Žiūra.

ISBN 9789527067581
Quantity 1
Pages 140
Editors Saara Hacklin, Kati Kivinen
Format Hardback
Publisher Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Category Art from a specific Geographical/Political Region
Related Country/Global Region Baltic Region
Languages English, Finnish

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