The concept of the exhibition is partially connected to the artist’s previous solo exhibition “K’s Garden” (2019) that also examined the idea of work. While that project was conceptually linked to the painting “Mr Sukmit’s Garden” (1994) by the artist Malle Leis, the symbol of the garden at the present exhibition can be understood in a similar manner as Hemingway sees the sea, Tolstoy the bread or Robin Morgan the sisterhood.
The exhibition consists of new works. Embroideries and the soundtrack sometimes quote and reference other artists and their works although the authors of these are not always known. The print “Artist and Her Work” (1968) by Evi Tihemets has also been a source of inspiration. The exhibition will additionally bring together the first feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the first Estonian female DJ. The gender wage gap is represented by monumental embroidery. Also present are curator composing poetry and clouds starting a dialogue with Zeus.
The artist adds: “The feminist philosopher Judith Butler said that we are living during a time that is culturally anti-intellectual, where art and culture are increasingly considered entertainment that is expected from the artist. Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund should not classify art as a ‘hobby’.”
Killu Sukmit (b 1975) is an artist and musician with an education in printmaking. In 2015, Sukmit and Minna Hint founded the artist run space Kraam and in 2016 she organised Ladyfest Tallinn. She has participated in the groups Valie Export Society, The Elfriede Jelinek School of English Language and Feminismiehitaja (Feminism Builder) which focused on articulating the rights and opportunities of women in the Estonian society in the end of the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s. She has played the drums in the bands Dr. Dorothee & Why, Extrafine, Paul Cole & Ring My Bell, and Punane. Since 2012, she is part of the duo Hello Killu (with Hello Upan). She has won the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia twice: in 2001 with Mari Laanemets and in 2019 with Minna Hint. www.instagram.com/killusukmit/
The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Artists’ Association.
Thanks: Urve Sukmit, Kaarel Kressa, Airi Triisberg, Mary Wollstonecraft, Judith Butler, René Magritte, Martin Kippenberger.
Attached: Killu Sukmit. Zeus is a Dick. 2021. Embroidery on textile. Detail
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