Solo for ...

Liina Siib

Spin around and twirl

Liina Siib: Saaremaa Walzer, 2014, video installation, music video; © Liina Siib
Liina Siib: Saaremaa Walzer, 2014, video installation, music video; © Liina Siib

Spin around and twirl is a line borrowed from the lyrics of the Estonian folk song, Saaremaa Waltz. For the artist Liina Siib the island of Saaremaa, a former Soviet border area, symbolises the experiences of totalitarianism in her homeland Estonia. In the exhibition series "Solo for…" the ifa gallery Berlin presents Liina Siib's photo and video works, in which she examines social conditions and historical changes.

"Solo for …" shows works of artists who had already been presented in the ifa galleries at the beginning of their international careers. Liina Siib participated in the ifa exhibition Passages – Art in Estonia in 1999 in Berlin. She represented Estonia at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.

The ifa gallery Berlin presents works created during the artist’s residencies and fellowships in New York, Italy, Sweden and Germany, etc. Her approach of photographic observation in the process of a flânerie enables Liina Siib to analyse cross-cultural connections, often with subtle irony. The exhibited artworks focus on the concept of conformity. They highlight processes of self-discovery und social conformance, the tensions between truth and untruth, work and leisure time – always with an eye on the Soviet era and its aftermath in Estonia.

Curators: Elo-Hanna Seljamaa and Barbara Barsch

Liina Siib: From the series: A Woman Takes Little Space, 2007-2014, digitally edited analogue colour photography, digital photoraphy, pigment ink print
Liina Siib: Compromise Excluded, 2003, Video 4'12", Stills
Liina Siib: From the series: Syl Beacht, 2011, digital photography, digital pigment ink print
Liina Siib: Unsocial Hours, 2011, 2-channel video, 10'40", Stills
Liina Siib: Mineral water, 2011, 2-channel video, 7'30", Stills

Exhibition catalogue

Liina Siib. – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2014. – 120 pp. – (Solo for …)

Liina Siib
Lass schwingen und springen! / Spin around and twirl

Berlin: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, 2014. – 120 pp. – (Solo for …)

ifa Gallery Stuttgart

Stefanie Alber
Phone +49.711.2225.161
alber(at)ifa.de

15.08.2014. – 05.10.2014

Arts Education Stuttgart

25.09.2014, 16:00 h - 17:30 h | ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Liina Siib – Spin around and twirl
Guided tour with the art historians Ute Helga Schüler.
26.09.2014, 16:30 h - 18:00 h | ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Liina Siib – Spin around and twirl
Guided tour with the art historians Ute Helga Schüler.
30.10.2014, 19:00 h - 21:00 h | ifa Gallery Stuttgart
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