apexart :: Resident Talk :: Maria-Kristiina Soomre



Eve Kask, ÖÖ/Night, 2010

thu, apr 1: 6:30 pm

Current apexart Inbound resident
Maria-Kristiina Soomre in discussion with
Anneliis Beadnell, curator of Latatara at
the New York Estonian House (opens Mar 27).

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Anneliis Beadnell (1983, Ohio, US) is an independent curator and artist currently residing in Brooklyn where she has been active in the gallery scene, collaborating with various galleries and artist organizations through exhibitions and events. In 2008 she completed her MA at Sotheby’s Institute of Art where she wrote her thesis, Troubles and Triumphs of the Estonian Graafika Artist. Since then she has worked as the interim director for Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and for iCI (Independent Curators International) as grants manager. Currently she is running Latatara.org, with artists Jaanika Peerna and Leevi Ernits, which is an open online platform where everyday spoken words become triggers for artistic interpretation of the Estonian language.

Maria-Kristiina Soomre (1978, Tallinn, Estonia) is Curator of Contemporary Art at Kumu Art Museum (Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn). She has been active as an art critic and columnist in Estonian cultural press since 2000, collaborating mainly with the only local cultural weekly Sirp, magazines kunst.ee and Estonian Art as well as the National Television (2005 art program "Aku" - producer, editor and co-author). In addition to curating exhibitions at Kumu, Maria-Kristiina Soomre organizes also electronic music festival "Kumu ÖÖ", seminars and conferences; she is also lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts. Her curatorial projects at the Kumu Art Museum include both original exhibitions of Estonian and international contemporary art as well as producing and administrating collaborative projects with different curators and institutions around the world. The contemporary art program of Kumu Art Museum is based on exhibiting both the current tendencies in the local and international art scene, as well as introducing the classics of modern and contemporary art to the Estonian public who, due to the past behind the Iron Curtain, has little knowledge of post-WWII developments.

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