“Sigrid Viir ‘Hans55′ detail of photo installation”
In 2016 Artproof improved their grant format and offered Temnikova & Kasela gallery an opportunity to select a project that will be supported and carried out as part of ”Artproof Grant Estonia 2016″.
The scholarship is worth 5,000 euros and the funds cover the production of Sigrid Viir’s and Jimmy Limit’s new works for the exhibition “Import Export” at Temnikova & Kasela gallery. Artproof Estonian scholarship is organised in collaboration with Hahnemühle.
Olga Temnikova from Temnikova & Kasela Gallery said: “Sigrid Viir and Canadian Estonian Jimmy Limit collaboration is high-quality, ambitious, international and based on photo medium, that perfectly fits with the conceptual profile of Artproof. I am very happy that we have Artproof, who understands the project and can carrie out/manage the production creatively and professionally.”
Sigrid Viir’s and Jimmy Limit’s exhibition “Import Export” talks about import and export in a general commercial sense, alluding to the transportation of art works and artists from one continent to another, customs procedures, and the mass migration of people and files. The title of the exhibition also refers to photography, the widespread use and distribution of photographs, and digital importing and exporting.
Estonian artist Sigrid Viir’s artistic practice often deals with photography, and installation as a sculptural form. Here, she exhibits a photographic installation using as her material a photo of Surma people in Ethiopia found on the Internet, Polish apples bought in a store, and loosely arranged snow. The visual narrative of the exhibition, which leans towards the fantastical while concerned with current political issues, focuses on the idea of the exotic in the context of import and export, of photography as a transformer of reality, and of the relationship between market and demand.
Jimmy Limit, a photographer and author of playful installations, is a Canadian-born artist with Estonian roots. In his art practice, Limit is interested in the immaterial everyday consumption of images and its consequences. When taking photos, his aim is to free the objects from their original function and conjure up new absurd forms that lack a specific purpose.
Temnikova & Kasela Gallery