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Jaanus Samma & Edith Karlson at Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

Exhibition: Installation view at Tallinn Art Hall. Photo by Karel Koplimets

Jaanus Samma and Edith Karlson as a part of the exhibition “Art in the Age of the Anthropocene”

Exhibition dates:  May 5 - October 8, 2023

New Year’s Boy examines the constructed nature of folk culture, focusing on a marginal tradition that has long since subsided from the collective memory of Estonians. New Year’s Boy, which includes a performance choreographed by Siim Tõniste, is inspired by a photograph of a young man wearing a straw costume taken in 1935 at the atelier of the brothers Parikas. It belongs to a series of staged ethnographic photographs that were commissioned by August Pulst, a folk culture activist of the interwar period, and sold as postcards to raise money for the Tori Museum, a small county museum he had established in 1934 for the preservation of Estonian national heritage.