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FUGA – Budapest Centre of Architecture

1172 Budapest, Petőfi Sándor utca 5, Hungary

21.02.2018 18:00 – 18.03.2018 21:00 – 21:00

The exhibition “Tell Me. Contemporary Portraits in Photography”, co-produced by Tallinn Photomonth biennial and Tallinn Art Hall for the Narva Art Gallery, will be part of the Budapest Photo Festival in 2018.

The exhibition is an opening event of the Estonia 100 cultural programme of the Estonian Institute in Hungary and is part of the official programme of the Budapest Photo Festival.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on February 21 at 6 p.m. with the participation of the curator Anneli Porri.

Artists: Herkki Erich Merila, Marge Monko, Tanja Muravskaja, Alissa Nirgi, Birgit Püve, Mark Raidpere, Peeter Tooming, Anna-Stina Treumund, Sigrid Viir

The exhibition’s title has been borrowed from Marge Monko’s series pointing to a photograph as a psychoanalytical tool. A good photographic portrait should show us something we are unaware of, it should surprise us, even astound the subject – as it brings forth something new and not yet experienced. “Tell Me” presents works where the artist is not a mere technician but someone who uses photography to analyze the human subject in depth.

“Tell me” is an overview of the contemporary portrait photography, but the choice of subjects and the context of the portraits is at the same time a story about Estonian recent history and society. Each work refers to the specific stories through its model and subject. The heroes of the singing revolution, a humane look at the subculture of prisoners, the ethnography of the Kihnu island, the encounter between the Soviet people and the background of the photography from the times of the first Republic of Estonia, the relationship between a refugee grandmother and an artist and their mother and co-artist and art history is the content of the sensitive artworks and it’s something in which European audiences could find contact with Estonia. All works are from 1983—2017, which gives the selected works a stronger weight and the right to speak about Estonian society.

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