Frozen Footprints Inside Estonia, 2018
Digital collage, printed inside a ready-made album.
The artist´s comment on the artwork:
"“Frozen Footprints Inside Estonia” is an artist's book with inside digitally constructed collages of images that I have collected online over the course of my Erasmus in Estonia. For me this was the first time in my life that I had been away from home for such a long time. When you spend that much time in a foreign place you will see yourself transform from a tourist to an inhabitant. You will exchange your explorative attitude for your normal, everyday behaviour.
Often when people go on a vacation they make a photo album of their adventures. It is a creative activity that is often meant only for the owner to relive and share their vacations inside friendly circles. Companies provide easy services centred around utilizing personal photographs to print a ready-made object. My artist's book pokes fun at the “photo album”. It undoes the book from the self-centred and personal presentation to comment on the ever growing digital presence of our post-internet society. By just going online and collecting my footsteps I can make a representation that captures the feel of a year-long experience through the aesthetics of a computer desktop. It explores new forms of story telling where the viewer can have a voyeuristic look into conversations and documents, interpreting and piecing together the captured life of a student entering Estonia.
They are compiled together in such a way that they seem to fuse into each other. Just like our memories they become vague and fragmented, leaving some things to surface and other things to be buried away."
The artwork is participating in MyEstonia? competition
'My Estonia?' calls for reflections on Estonia through the eyes of foreigners. For some participants, Estonia might be a chapter of their lives, for others it may evoke more arbitrary associations or Malevich “Black Square” type of interpretations - all in all, the competition looks for a wide array of playful approaches.
A selection of works from the competition participated in ArtVilnius ´18 on 7-9 June 2018.
Online voting to identify the winner of the Public Choice Award took place at NOAR.eu art platform from 28 June until 12 July. See all participating artworks and the results of the competition HERE!
NB! As the purpose of the competition is not commercial, the participating artworks are not sold through NOAR. Nevertheless, prices are indicated as in case you would purchase any of the artworks, we are happy to put you in touch with the artist to agree on terms of purchase, delivery, etc.