February 21, 2007 - Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia (CCA Estonia) - Estonia at the Venice Biennale 2007
February 21, 2007

Estonia at the Venice Biennale 2007

Marko Mäetamm, Bear (object) 2006 52. Esposizione Internazionale dArte – La Biennale di Venezia
52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Marko Mäetamms project
LOSERS PARADISE

June 10th-November 21st, 2007

Vernissage: June 8 th, 2007

Palazzo Malipiero
San Marco 3079
Venezia

The Estonian artist Marko Mäetamm presents a solo exhibition called LOSERS PARADISE, which will represent Estonia at the 52nd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, in 2007. The exhibition at the Estonian Pavilion is curated by Mika Hannula and commissioned by Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia.

For the current exhibition, Mäetamm has created a conceptual framework that holds together all the new works done especially for this event; works that range from video installation via sculpture to paintings. A framework that guides the visitor through a setting that delivers what it promises: an all-encompassing view on the private sphere of a truly confused individual. What we see and hear is the litany of the ways how a specific person, this time highly personally the artist himself, fails to cope with contemporary pressure of success and competition. And yes, what we also see is how his fears and agonies have turned into violence and murder descriptively speaking.

However, as the saying goes, if everything is wrong, then what is possibly right? Thus, what we feel and relate to is much more than meets the eye. Marko Mäetamms story in itself is so exaggerated, so over-whelming at its whining tone that as a viewer you cant escape the feeling that something strange is going on. Isnt his confession a bit too real? Can this actually be an autobiographical narrative? How much of his personal pain is manufactured and constructed?

All assumptions and assertions come together in the interactive play between experience and expectation, between real and fake, between soft and hard, sugar and spice, love and hate. We have no way of knowing. All we can do is to go with the flow at the site of the Estonian Pavilion and enjoy this weirdly enjoyable visual narrative with physical dimensions. Here, we confront a complex conceptual work in which Marko Mäetamm presents himself as a master of manipulation, an artist who certainly knows how to twist and turn the tales within the exhibition format. A story as in a proper gesamtkunstwerk that leaves you violently happy.
Curator
Mika Hannula
Commissioner
Johannes Saar
head of the Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia
Deputy Commissioner
Elin Kard
project manager of the Center of Contemporary Arts, Estonia
Deputy Commissioner
Andris Brinkmanis
Website

www.cca.ee

www.maetamm.net

For further information please contact:
Elin Kard

elin@cca.ee
gsm 372 52 85 324
ph. 372 631 40 50
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS, ESTONIA
Vabaduse väljak 6
10146 Tallinn
ESTONIA
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