Sigrid Viir (b. 1979) works and lives in Tallinn. Viir studied cultural theory at Estonian Humanitarian Institute, after which she acquired both a BA (2009) and an MA (2017) in Photography at Estonian Academy of Arts. During her studies she also completed a Media Arts exchange program at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Prof. Elger Esser).
Viir began showing her works in Estonia and Germany at the end of the last decade. Her practice - both solo as well as a member of Visible Solutions LCC together with Karel Koplimets and Taaniel Raudsepp - is situated between photography, installation and performance practices. With Visible Solutions she explores the relationship between art and economy. Through their mostly performative practice, the trio questions the methods on which the art world operates as well as their own roles within that. Viir’s solo practice evolves around a more private sphere: family and domestic objects. She describes her interest to be focused on “behavioural habits and functioning models”, which she documents, questions and rearranges in her work. Viir is skilled at using people and objects as models in her photo series, which often deal with social models and addresses the functionality of their structure.
Viir’s recent solo exhibitions include: "False Vacationer", EKKM, Tallinn (2019); "Waiting Room Improvisation", V Artishok Biennale, Theatre N099, Tallinn, curator Evelyn Raudsepp (2016); "Awful Pretty Pipe Neck", Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn (2016); "Import Export", Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn (together with Jimmy Limit) (2016); “Kim Wilde, While Shivering at the Bus Station and Biting into a Jam Doughnut, Hums a Tune Inspired by Passing Remarks, Picks Dust Off Her Suspenders and Together with an Egg Cell Analyses a Previous Experience with the Spirit of Tartu”, Tartu Art House, Monumental gallery, Tartu (together with Kristiina Hansen and Johannes Säre); “Delta India Sierra Charlie”, Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn (together with Kristiina Hansen) (2015); “Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky meets with Turritopsis Nutricula to admire the drif ting swans and discuss the possibility of neglecting the linearity of time in the near future”, Haapsalu City Gallery (together with Kristiina Hansen and Johannes Säre); “Purpose of the Universe and Flickering Funnel”, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn (2014).