8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial ‘Translucency’


Main exhibition of the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Translucency will take place at Kai Art Center from May 29th to August 15th, 2021.


Translucency is an international applied art exhibition, curated by Danish glass artist and art historian Stine Bidstrup. The exhibition includes 21 artists from the Nordic countries, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Estonia, the UK and the US.


The exhibition focuses on the phenomenon of translucency – the mysterious and multifaceted area between transparency and opacity. Artworks exhibited at Kai are conceptual, playful and experimental. The artists look at themes like presence and absence, the private and the public, individuality and collectivity, time and temporality, politics and language, material decay and structural defects. The exhibition features a variety of fields, techniques and materials – glass, textile, ceramics, garments, photography, sculpture, installation, jewellery, video, furniture, 3D printing as well as digital design.


Participating artist are Linda Aasaru (Estonia), Andrew Bearnot (USA), Erin Dickson (UK), Ditte Hammerstrøm (Denmark), Heidi Bach Hentze (Denmark), Sandra Kosorotova (Estonia), Eeva Käsper (Estonia), Julia Maria Künnap (Estonia), Helen Lee (USA), Jiyong Lee (USA), Eve Margus-Villems (Estonia), Reinoud Oudshoorn (Netherlands), Julija Pociute (Lithuania), Helena Tuudelepp (Estonia), Sandra Vaka (Norway), Hanna-Maria Vanaküla (Estonia), Sissi Westerberg (Sweden), Karlyn Sutherland (UK), Grethe Sørensen (Denmark), and Wang & Söderström (Sweden/Denmark).


Exhibition tour with curator Stine Bidstrup will take place on Saturday, May 29th at 1pm. We kindly ask you to sign up for the tour beforehand here. Please note that the maximum number of participants is 15.


Tallinn Applied Art Triennial is an international art event established in 1997, organized by NGO Tallinn Applied Art Triennial Society. The triennial contributes to the development of the fields of applied art and contemporary craft. Alongside the international main exhibition Translucency, the 8th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial also hosts an ambitious satellite programme, including over 20 exhibitions, installations and other events taking place in various locations all over Tallinn. More information here.


Kai resident in May-June: The Creative Association of Curators TOK (Anna Bitkina & Maria Veits)


Starting at the end of May, curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits who form The Creative Association of Curators TOK, are taking part in the Kai residency. TOK, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, is a curatorial collective co-founded in 2010 as a platform for interdisciplinary research-based projects in the field of contemporary art. Throughout their practice, the curators challenge the borders of the territory of art and seek ways of how it can foster social change. Most of their projects are site-specific, multilayered and long-term initiatives aimed at generating new knowledge about the causes and consequences of changing social reality. TOK has been appointed the curator of the main exhibition of the 6th Tallinn Photomonth contemporary art biennial, taking place in September and October 2021.


If you wish to have a meeting with TOK, please write an e-mail to Kai’s project manager Kadi-Ell Tähiste (kadi-ell@kai.center). TOK’s public residency circle will take place during the second week of June. More info on that will be announced soon on Kai Art Center’s website and social media.