NO MONEY. NO HONEY
By Rael Artel (Parnu)
Nowadays, the world of contemporary art has become a realm full of unexpected dangers and unfriendly circumstances. Lack of visionary ideas, unequally distributed means of production, irresponsibility of the functionaries, corruption, precarious life-styles, institutional racism, constant lack of financial resources... What to do if there is nothing to
In my presentation I will discuss several dilemmas which I have faced in my professional as well as private life during previous years in the context of Estonian Republic. I will also present some of my curatorial projects that have been in one way or another the answer to the specific socio-political situation in society as well as in the art scene. "Utopia is urgency", as Žižek puts it, and current social reality is just perfect trigger to create utopias in any size forced by urgent needs.
Rael Artel, born in 1980, is an independent curator based in the forests of Estonia. She graduated from the Institute of Art History at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2003, and participated in the Curatorial Training Program in De Appel, Amsterdam (2004-05). Since 2000, she has contributed to a number of magazines in Estonia and elsewhere, and curated shows in Estonia as well as in Lisbon, New York, Amsterdam and Warsaw. In 2004--2008 she ran and moderated her project space Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space. Her current project Public Preparation, an international platform for networking and knowledge-production, deals critically with the growing tendencies of nationalism in contemporary Europe, aiming to envision alternative ways to think about global Community.