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THE RAIN

The exhibition features a selection of rings made by Kätrin, the materials of which vary greatly from bone to glass candy. The ambiguous title “the rain” refers to the rainfall as a constant flood of social information in which we live.

Kätrin is a jewellery artist who studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and whose work has been exhibited in several exhibitions across Europe. Mostost recently in Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Oslo.

The exhibition is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2020

The annual EXHIBITION-SALE 2020 invites visitors to interact with a cross-section of local jewellery art from the past year.

The exhibition converges pieces from over 30 jewellery artists, made in and hence influenced by the meandering ways of the (un)believable and freakish year 2020. The artworks of the annual exhibition are on sale for the whole duration of the exhibition.

The drive of the exhibition is to explore how the force majeure of 2020 has influenced the everyday life and creative processes of the participating artists. The past year has been full of anxiety and worry about the unknown but has given the opportunity to find solace in being in the present. Resting on the imposed need for solitude, stillness holds space for the emergence of inspiration and clears time for facing yourself and to give the introspection a palpable form.

Jewellery artist Liisbeth Kirss: “This year’s restrictions made me take a break during which I could peacefully think or not think about my art. I feel it was very necessary and it couldn’t have happened in any other way.”

At the same time there are artists who were forced to prioritize the pressing financial matters of everyday life before their creative endeavours due to the coronavirus. “I lost my studio recently, because it was in the building of a restaurant in the Old Town and the restaurant went bankrupt. Hence, the pandemic has a quite direct influence on my creative work”, says artist Anni Kagovere. However, in the words of artist Claudia Lepik, the pandemic hasn’t changed the rhythm of her work so far, and the quotidian journeys she makes are as modest as before.

A-Gallery is the representative gallery of local art jewellery as well as a place for meeting artworks from over a hundred different authors. Encompassing different generations, schools, forms and ideas, A-Gallery tells the story of Estonian art jewellery. Each piece is handmade, unique and represents the aesthetics and concept of the artist.

Participating artists:

Krista Laos, Ive-Maria Köögard, Tarvo Porroson, Ülle Mesikäpp, Anne Roolaht, Tea Vellerind, Ihan Toomik, Anni Kagovere, Kertu Vellerind, Mari Relo-Šaulys, Adolfas Šaulys, Urve Küttner, Liisbeth Kirss, Ulvi Haagensen, Ülle Voosalu, Tamara Sergijenko, Claudia Lepik, Ivar Kaasik, Ane Raunam, Kadi Kübarsepp, Ülle Kõuts, Keesi Kapsta, Katrin Veegen, Raili Vinn, Merike Balod, Margit Paulin, Aino Kapsta, Kristi Paap, Kätrin Beljaev, Erle Nemvalts, Melitina Balabin, Nikolai Balabin, Marita Lumi, Ene Valter, Viktorija Lillemets, Rita-Livia Erikson, Sille Luiga, Kristiina Laurits.

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A FEAST IN THE TIME OF PLAGUE

Epidemies have always plagued human society. When the previous one is forgotten, the next one knocks on the door. The land is then bedecked with an atmosphere of fear. Institutions are operating as they consider most useful for the society and people must follow with duty, disperse, keep distance and stay under.

The philosopher George Bataille writes in his 1949 book “The Accursed share: An Essay on General Economy” about energy as a resource that is always in excess and raises a choice of either using it beautifully and enjoyably or turning it into a destructive force [1]. During the times of an epidemic, the over-boosting energy of restrained people begins transforming into new forms. The trapped energy can morph into a paranoid destructive rage against the social order. For example, during the second cholera epidemic in Russia, foreign doctors were made to be the culprits.

Surplus energy can be released with partying. Secret and exclusive, these little vortices of life (and death) have a particularly dark, sinful and erotic taste during the times of change. The beautiful waste of excess energy gives birth to a new and unplanned beauty, it  creates  decameronic fragments of art for the future. These times are interesting but not unique, it has some déjà vu in it!

[1] George Bataille, The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy, trans. Robert Hurley, New York: Zone, 1949.

Kätrin Beljaev (1982) has obtained an MA degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts (supervised by Professor Kadri Mälk) in 2015 and has studied in Florence and Porto. She has participated in various exhibitions in Estonia and abroad. As a freelance artist, she has been acknowledged with the grant from Foundation of Young Estonian Jewellery in 2016. Her artwork belongs to the permanent collection of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.  Current exhibition pieces have been made in the artist residency in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, the old European center of gemstone work.

The artist expresses her gratitude to Estonian Artists Association, Kaarel Sikk, Theo Smeets, Kerli ja Kalmer Koppel, Kristian Beljaev, Rein Beljaev and Restaurant Scheeli.

Special thanks to Krete Beljaev and Indrek Mesi who made it happen!

ARTIST TALK

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BERBERIS VULGARIS

Kätrin Beljaev, who was recently awarded the prize of “Noor Ehe”, opens personal exhibition which can be described as naturalistic, gracing and a bit outlandish and vulgar. Necklaces with classical mood and colorful temperament are exhibited. The visual concept is framed in classical style and festive winter colors. Jewelry is accompanied by short text inspired by the world of novels of Bulgakov, that gives the exhibition deliberately mysterious mood.

Crystals of frost were hanging from trees in featherlike shapes and bright red berries scattered in the snow looked like drops of blood. This blood red was the only color in the monochrome bright gray winter. Wild and prickly wild barberry bushes that had been planted along the wall in 1908 had by now grown high and made the ruins impassable. Margarita was nervous and while she was walking back and forth her black silk taffeta skirt tail got constantly stuck into the barbed branches. Beautiful and wild Margarita was waiting, she didn’t know yet which of them will come to meet her.  

The artist wishes to thank Kaarel Sikk, Veljo Seedre, Nikolas Mitsopoulos, Luise-Laura Vatsel, Lincona.   Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.