Interruption. Appearance and disappearance of man-made landscapes
Tammiku & Kohila
21.08. - 30.08.2020
The TAKKK Environmental Art Symposium introduces the possibilities and ability of environmental art to describe the relationship between the human and the environment.
During the symposium, Finnish, Latvian and Estonian artists will create works inspired by the former industrial buildings and other man-made structures of the Kohila and Tammiku area.
Their installations will be exhibited in local industrial landscapes that require marking and attention.
The TAKKK Environmental Art Symposium provides the audience with an opportunity to (re)learn, (re)remember and value the history of the region, and participate in the revitalization of the former industrial landscapes.
Do abandoned places remember people?
There is nothing eternal in this world. All life is in constant motion, at the mercy of life and death. This also applies to man-made landscapes and sites as well as layers of relationships and memories attached to them. Once centers of life, areas of cultural and environmetal value, production buildings, meeting points and road networks – everything disconnects, fades away, is forgotten and grown over after a certain number of breaths in history. Memories and (sites of) memory keep on flickering for a moment like halos of stellar explosions before dying away. Name is the last to disappear.
Curator Elo Liiv
Lilli Jahilo focuses on dresses that are designed to empower the modern woman, with all garments produced responsibly.
Fashion and portrait photographer
Elina Simonen is a Finnish fashion and portrait photographer who has an eye for bringing out
the beauty in her subjects. Simonen combines high work ethic and commitment for delivery
with a sensitivity to what is special in her subject.
The fruitful cooperation between Triinu Jürves, Villem Jahu and Kaarel Kütas has lasted for more than ten years.
Ansis Dobičins works with materials and themes what possesses social or industrial symbolic and establishes artistic view on the world and society represented trough metaphoric installations and sculptures.
The group "People Looking at the Sea" was created in 2002. The main idea behind their work is to look for an answer on how to be a human staying in harmony with nature, and how to find happiness sustainably and responsibly.
This place could be considered as the paper capital of Estonia as paper was produced here for almost 100 years. Today, the paper mill is no longer operational. The abandoned industrial buildings now offer an opportunity to re-discover the historic environment.
Kohila Paper Factory
Founded more than 120 years ago, the paper mill has been the heart of Kohila for a century. The factory produced various papers: three-colour wrapping paper, coloured caramel and album paper, wallpaper paper, several types of printing paper, butter paper, blue and white sugar paper, cigarette paper, coloured thread roll and tea paper, writing paper, booklets, coloured covers, etc.
The factory took good care of its employees by building a doctor's office, a telegraph station and a kindergarten. The workers also received a plot of land to maintain gardens and build animal sheds. There was also a laundry room and a laundry shed in community use. In 1910, the factory's new chimney was completed, which became a symbol of Kohila. In the paper factory, many generations were working until the mill was closed in 1999.
Work to be exhibited:
"EVERYONE HAS LIGHT IN THEM" Elina Simonen / Finland
The laundry room of Paper mill
The Kohila paper mill has a historic workers’ dwelling nearby, where the paper factory built a laundry room for workers uses in 19 century. We chose the laundry room for one of the pop-up exhibitions of the symposium. Within the symposium, we revitalize the laundry room and provide an opportunity to take a look at an installation inspired by the past.
Work to be exhibited:
"VASJA AND VERA" Lilli Jahilo / Estonia
TAKKK ART CENTRE
Tammiku manor and its surroundings (in Kose parish). The area is historically multi-layered and exceptional in terms of natural diversity. Wild nature, manor ruins, the Soviet era and modern times meet here. It is a place where the landscape provides various thoughts about the relationship between humans and nature.
Surroundings of the stone granary of Tammiku manor
Tammiku manor separated from Tuhala manor in 1600. The main building of the manor was burnt down during the unrest of the1905 Russian Revolution. The owner of the manor rebuilt the manor house and rented out the land as well as the buildings. During the Soviet time the manor was used as living quarters, housing two apartments. The house was left empty in the end on 1950s and fell apart very fast. Only the ruins of the perimeter of the manor remain until today.
In the stone granary there used to be the kitchen of the manor. During the Soviet time the territory was occupied by the forest management district and the granary was used to store the technical equipment of the forest district. There is a well preserved basement in the building. The walls are in danger of collapse.
Works to be exhibited:
"THREAD WITH NO NAME" Villem Jahu, Triinu Jürves, Kaarel Kütas / Estonia
"CONNECTIONS 440" Group "People looking at the sea" Villu Plink, Indrek Mikk, Kristjan Sisa, Margit Mikk/ Estonia
Bosky gravel pit close to the ruins of Tammiku manor
During the Soviet time it was planned to build a direct road from Tammiku manor to Nabala. A smaller version of the road was built in the 1970s. However, the gravel pit, which had the potential to grow into a limestone quarry, did not do so because of the proximity of the Soviet military missile base.
Work to be exhibited:
"EGG" Ansis Dobičins, Liva Blumfelde / Latvia