Foto Tallinn 2021. Book launches: 3 different photography books

Book launches of three different photography books will take place on Thursday, September 2nd at 6pm as a part of Art Fair Foto Tallinn programme. All books are available throughout the art fair with special price.

 

The launch takes place at Kai Art Center’s auditorium. The launch is held partly in Estonian, partly in English. Participation with the fair ticket.

 

 

Estonian Academy of Arts (EAA) Press has just published a photography theory reader, which encompasses texts from early 20th century to this day from 18 different authors: László Moholy-Nagy, Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, André Bazin, Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Joel Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Christian Metz, John Tagg, David Bate, W. J. T. Mitchell, Hito Steyerl, Jacques Rancière, Ariella Azoulay and Trevor Paglen. The reader is compiled by Neeme Lopp and Marge Monko, and designed by Ott Kagovere.

 

The launch is held in Estonian.

 

 

Early 2021 EAA Press published another fascinating book: “The Beauty of a Social Problem. Photography, autonomy, economy” by American art and literary scholar Walter Benn Michaels that dissects by the example of contemporary photography the mental and economic climate of our time. Bertolt Brecht once worried that our sympathy for the victims of a social problem can make the problem’s “beauty and attraction” invisible. In “The Beauty of a Social Problem”, Walter Benn Michaels explores the effort to overcome this difficulty through a study of several contemporary artist-photographers whose work speaks in their original aesthetic form to questions of political economy. The book is designed by Maria Muuk.

 

Walter Benn Michaels joins the launch from Chicago to carry out a web-talk with Paul Kuimet (in English).

 

 

Lugemik has published the first comprehensive monograph from photographer Paul Kuimet “Compositions with Passing Time”, that includes his work from 2013–2020: mainly photographic installations and 16 mm films, the subject matter of which ranges from landscapes and architecture to objects and works of art. The large selection of images from Kuimet’s lightbox installations, films and C-prints are further discussed in five accompanying essays by Nico Anklam, Anthea Buys, Piret Karro, Chris Sharp, and Jaak Tomberg. The publication is edited by Laura Toots and designed by Indrek Sirkel.

 

Paul Kuimet’s work will be discussed with the artist at the launch by Neeme Lopp (in Estonian)

 

 

Art Fair Foto Tallinn takes place at Kai Art Center between September 2nd and September 5th, 2021, presenting the latest works by 37 Estonian and international artists. The fair is part of the main program of the 6th Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial.

 

Tickets to the fair are available on-site or can be bought in advance here.