Denial

Tartu Art House, Tartu, Etonia
January 25 – February 16, 2020

The exhibition was a continuation of two earlier joint projects of artist Laura Põld and poet Katrin Väli: “Natural Shelter” (2019, Fiskars Village Art and Design Biennial, curator Jenni Nurmenniemi) and “Burrows. Flights” (2019, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn). The installation consisted of Põld’s ceramic objects and sculptures, display cases containing supporting literature and Väli’s poems. Unlike the previous projects, the fragments from poems had a more organic appearance and therefore related more closely with the rest of the exhibition.

The forms that are presumed natural to the human hand by the sensibilities of the artist have proliferated among other species long before humans and hands. This makes maintaining biodiversity an even more pressing question in today’s Estonia where the habitats that have stood for hundreds of years are being thoughtlessly destroyed.

Curated by Peeter Talvistu

Photos by Sten Saarits

List of displayed books:

Adam Rutherford. The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton University Press, 2015.

Bruno Latour. Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime. Polity Press, 2018.

Cymene Howe and Dominic Boyer. Wind and Power in the Anthropocene. Duke University Press, 2019.

Donna Haraway. Manifestly Haraway. University of Minnesota Press, 2016.

Elizabeth A. Wilson. Gut feminism. Duke University Press, 2015.

Elisabeth Fiedler, Dirk Möllmann, eds. Politische Landschaft / Political Landscape. Institut für Kunst im Öffentlichen Raum Steiermark, 2015.

James Bridle. New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future. Verso, 2018.

Jane Bennett. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press, 2010.

Karen Barad. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Duke University Press, 2007.

Matthew Calarco. Thinking Through Animals: Identity, Difference, Indistinction. Stanford University Press, 2015

Radhika Govindarajan. Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas. University of Chicago Press, 2018.

Richard Grusin, ed. The Nonhuman Turn. University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Timothy Morton. Ecology Without Nature. Harvard University Press, 2009.

Tristan Garcia. Form and Object: A Treatise on Things. Edinburgh University Press, 2014.