Flo Kasearu "Uprising", 22 January – 21 February 2015
The exhibition entitled “Uprising” builds around a video filmed during roof maintenance works performed on a building in Tallinn’s Pelgulinn district, where the artist lives and where she has been hosting her “Flo Kasearu House Museum” project since 2013. The metal taken off the roof was folded into plane figures, much like the DIY models folded by children from paper.
Responding to the current political milieu of strained international relationships between Russia and the West, Kasearu’s video and accompanying works – drawings and framed 3D models – reflect on the atmosphere prevailing under these circumstances in Estonia. The artist contemplates the heightened levels of paranoia in the media, calls for the increase in funding of the Department of Defence during elections, resumed faith in NATO membership, and so on. The DIY metal planes as the main motive of the exhibition appear to be symbolic of military action, yet simultaneously representative of an exit strategy, the crossing of the country’s borders by air, immigration and emigration issues. The airspace – a perspective from which to assess ones own position as both a liberating and a frightening idea.
Reiview in Sirp, 30.01.15