The exhibition called Survival Kit for the Art Market presents the works of the first two residency artists at roam – Alexei Gordin and Marko Mäetamm, together with the Berlin based Estonian artist Kennet Lekko. The first residency of the Estonian artists took place this spring at roam and the show is a conclusion of their stay. The theme of the exhibition focuses on the madness, senselessness and necessity of the existence of the art market and the challenges connected to this capitalist phenomena. After the show in Berlin the exhibition will travel to Kogo Gallery in Tartu, which is from the beginning a part of the thematic reflection. The differences and whishes, expectations and failures of the artists regarding the European art market have their roots in Estonia and have extended from there.
The fact that being an artist nowadays comes with the certainty of an omnipresent struggle is already common knowledge. Capitalism and creativity are in most cases opponents and just weirdly go along with each other. How to be freely creative when the market is asking for another aesthetic? How to maintain a path of authenticity when the gallerist wants a certain topic and size of an artwork? The crisis hit the scene hard but honestly it was shit before – a survival kit for the art market is urgently needed. But this is not a story about victims, it‘s a journey of discovering how to survive within these conditions, without being eaten by expectations, providing what is asked for and dealing with the situation if somebody or something managed to take a bite. Keeping body and soul together is a matter of sharing and communicating. This show invites to a dialog about the shit that exists, the conflicts which result out of this moment and the thoughts we should share.
Supported by Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Berlin, Kogo Gallery, Goethe Institute, Rebel Art Management, post-gallery.online and MTÜ Eesti-Saksa Kunstikoostöö.