Press release: Tartu in Light 2016 kicks off with a series of exhibitions called „Promised Light“

The festival Tartu in Light 2016 will be opened on October 13 at 18:00 with a series of exhibitions called „Promised Light“

In Noorus Gallery of Tartu Art College 13.-29.10.2016
In Tartu Art House 20.10-13.11.2016

An exhibition called „Promised Light“ will open the international festival of architectural lighting and light art Tartu in Light 2016 on October 13 at 18:00 in Gallery Noorus of Tartu Art College. The exhibition is divided into two parts – the first in Noorus Gallery will exhibit Jevgeni Zolotko’s installation „Alus(I)“, and the second part that will be opened on October 10 at 18:00 in Tartu Art House is an international group exhibition featuring Anna Salmane and Krišs Salmanis (Latvia), Bence György Pálinkás (Hungary), Berat Işık (Turkey), David Kellner (Austria), Diana Tamane (Estonia/ Latvia), Matija Plevnik (Slovenia), Rapolas Valiukevičius and Aukstasis Moxlas (Lithuania) and Terje Toomistu (Estonia).

The exhibition „Promised Light“ expands upon the meaning of light and its origin in contemporary context and tries to formulate the difference between light and enlightenment. The word light that in contemporary context is used for both natural and artificial light derives from the human being and his formation into a subject of late modernity. This formation is the historical process of the Western civilization and its mission to liberate the whole planet from darkness and to create a basic ground for humanism. “Promised Light” departs from the fractured self-image of late modernity, as well as from the possibility that the mission of enlightenment of the Western civilization has failed. The exhibition brings together allegorical, critical, experimental and research-based artworks that can be related to the human subject – the bearer of light in modernity. The question is, whether this subject is still the one to carry the light, or has it gone missing during the enlightenment? And how much is left from the progressive world view that promised improvement for the mankind and displayed the future in light colors?

The curator of the exhibition is Tanel Rander

In addition to the exhibition there is a special program for the audience who can meet the curator and the artists in Tartu Art House on October 21 at 19:00.

A film program will take place on October 23 at 15:00 at Tartu Art House where a documentary“The Russian Woodpecker” (USA/UK/Ukraine, 2015) will be screened.

During the main events of the festival (October 21-23) both galleries will be open until 22:00.

Special thanks to Artemi and Pavel Mihhailov, Dimitri Gorbushin, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Eva Voog, Kaarel Narro, Mooste project space, Oleg and Ervin Ivanov, Peeter Krosmann, Peeter Talvistu, Richard Krüüner, Robert Sule, Tartu Kunstnike Liit, Tartu Art College

More information here
Contact: Tanel Rander, tel: +37256678729