EXHBITION IN SPAIN – 100 YEARS OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESTONIA
08.03.2021 — 04.04.2021
As part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Estonia and Spain, an open-air photo exhibition “Outlook – 100 Years of Street Photography in Estonia” was opened on Paseo de Recoletos in Madrid. The exhibition depicts the development of Estonian documentary photography through the centuries, from the time of Estonian independence to the present day. The opening of the exhibition was attended by the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid and the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida.
“Photographers who take pictures on the streets may not at first glance see the historical role they play. In addition to capturing or narrating moments here and now, they capture anthropogenic culture such as fashion, architecture, people, or urban culture more broadly for the future generations. The works by 23 authors will hopefully give the spectators an idea of how the Estonian people and their urban environment has changed in 100 years, ”said Toomas Järvet, the curator of the Documentry Photo Centre.
“The exhibition demonstrates that although Spain and Estonia are geographically distant from each other and are quite apart culturally, universal themes – such as what is happening on the streets – are understandable to everyone. The exhibition is also a clear proof that cultural exchange can also take place in the conditions of a pandemic, “said Mariin Ratnik, Estonian Ambassador to Spain.
The works selected for the exhibition came from photographers who responded to the public call announced in the early spring of 2020, from the collections of the Photo Museum and private collections. The exhibition was created in cooperation with Juhan Kuus Documentary Photo Centre, Photo Museum, NPO Estonian Street Photography, Ruido Photo and the Estonian Embassy in Spain.
Curators of the exhibition: Airi Leon, Kristel Aimee Laur, Tanel Verk, Toomas Järvet
The exhibition will be seen also in other cities of Spain during 2021. Details will follow.