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The X-Files [Registry of the Nineties]

The X-Files [Registry of the Nineties]

Time: 02.11.18–14.04.19  10:00–18:00
Location: Kumu exhibition spaces

The X-Files is an exhibition that delves into the deeper layers of the decade and tries to shed light on works that have been overshadowed, have been forgotten or have even disappeared from the cultural memory. It attempts to view some of the works by disregarding the main narrative of 90s art, which has already been relatively well-developed, attempts to recover phenomenal works from a decade that was quite indifferent to the preservation of these works, and searches for definite beginnings in the local art field in regard to general trends and individual authorial positions. The exhibition also tries to accurately depict the societal metamorphoses that characterised this explosive decade, as they are reflected in the art found outside of canonical works.

The exhibition curators focus on individual works and the mapping of their mutual connections in relation to the living environment and the perception field. Along with an introduction (Intro) and the thematic sections that frame the exhibition (The Flow of Reality: Social Transformations I & II), the exhibition is divided into eight abstract sections, with the following subtitles: “Estonian Studies”, “Cyber Tower”, “Phenomenon: Commercial-Performance”, “Metamorphoses of Masculinity” and “Autompsyko Supervegos”. These divisions developed as the result of working through the “catalogue”, as links between the files, including sub-catalogues and groupings, started developing. Therefore, there are at least two possible ways to look at the exhibition: 1) by looking at each work autonomously, as an individual case, which summa summarum could comprise a narrative, or 2) through the divisions suggested by the curators.

The exhibition is part of the Kumu Art Museum’s research project focused on the 1990s. In addition to this exhibition, the project also includes the Kumu Art Film Festival (KuFF), dedicated to video art (1 to 4 November 2018), and a conference called Lost and Found Spaces: Relocations in the Art and Society of Eastern Europe in the 1990s, to be held from 1 to 3 November 2018 in the Kumu Auditorium.

The Kumu Art Film Festival (KuFF) is Estonia’s first and only cultural event focused on the relationship between film and visual art, and is being held for the third time this year. Among other things, the objective of KuFF is to examine the limits and possible definitions of the relationship between film and visual art. The programme of the third KuFF focuses on the new aspects introduced into these relations by the 1990s. In dialogue with The X-Files exhibition, KuFF is presenting video art from the 1990s that includes Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian programmes.

Curators: Eha Komissarov and Anders Härm

The exhibition is part of the programme to celebrate the centennial of the Republic of Estonia.

Peeter Laurits. Pietá 7 Anaesthesia. 1992/2003. Art Museum of Estonia