Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson takes part in the Archeological Festival: a 2nd hand history and improbable obsessions presented by Tartu Art Museum and Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia.
Opening 17. June, 2014
Artists: Kaisa Eiche & Urmo Mets, Elmgreen & Dragset, Dénes Farkas, Cyprien Gaillard, David Ferrando Giraut, Paul Kuimet, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Triin Tamm, Simon van Til, Salla Tykkä, Anu Vahtra, Mare Vint
Curator: Maria Arusoo
“Archeological Festival_ a 2nd hand history and improbable obsessions” originates from the obsession with the “askew” situations of the present and reflects on them by glancing at different layers of time and space. The question under investigation is the nature of representation – the complex relation between the world and its image. The exhibition travels through many layers and deconstructs physical and mental space through the archeological method of trying to get closer to the question of how we depict the world or whether it is possible at all. The dialectics between outside and inside, between the real world and the museum world, is important for its conception.
The Archeological Festival is focused on the notion of memory, history and revisiting histories. It is a place for the town and museum to intersect, the layers of the exhibition landscape including art, the viewer and architecture to be revealed, and, finally, nature and art to be inseparably entwined with life. It explores the relationship between place and memory, and the effect spatial and aesthetical experience has on personal identity. The exhibition is a journey through the museum landscape excavating the archaeology of the present – the collapse of past and future – which reveals that time is passing and volatile even as it deposits and accumulates.
The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Entry Points. Stories of the Leaning House which includes the visual essay Museum 1–5 by Anu Vahtra, essays, prose and poems by Kaisa Eiche, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Tanel Rander and Valentinas Klimasauškas. The book is designed by Mikk Heinsoo.