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Jaanus Samma at Robert Grunenberg gallery, Berlin

Exhibition: Jaanus Samma, 'Portrait of a Hero', installation, 50 x 130 cm, 2023

Jaanus Samma as a part of the exhibition “10 Unrealised Projects”, Robert Grunenberg gallery, Berlin.

Exhibition dates: 28 April - 17 June, 2023

Presumably due to national complexes, smaller nations tend to over emphasise the importance of the heroes of their national epics. These controversial characters, often portrayed as hyper-masculine and prone to violent outbursts, have been deeply embedded into national iconography. This work gave me an opportunity to combine tapestry with iron work, the rich medieval l layers of which tie in with the idea of mythological origin of the nation.