25/10/2018 – 08/12/2018
Kristi Kongi's and Mari-Leen Kiipli's duo exhibition
Secret whistle in the forest

You are cordially invited to the opening of Kristi Kongi’s and Mari-Leen Kiipli’s duo exhibition “Secret whistle in the forest” on October 24 at 7pm in Kogo gallery.

The exhibition is inspired by light, shadow and the idea of blurring the boundaries between different life forms. Artists create a magical space where visitors can perceive life in itself, as a self-organized substantial network.

The painting installation by KRISTI KONGI is a geographical labyrinth of light that grasps different places, from Mexican jungle to SouthEstonian forests. Due to the metaphor of light, the borders between humans and plants become obscure. The forest grows into the source of utopian geometry and fear becomes equal with heat. The light turns people into plants in the process of post-humanist evolution.
Kristi Kongi (1985) studied painting in Tartu, Tallinn, and Lahti, she currently lives and works in Tallinn. The central theme, material, and inspiration of Kongi’s art practice is color. The visual language of her paintings, which are easy to define as examples of geometric abstraction, revolves around systemic studies of light and color, being in particular analytic and organized.

In her videos, MARI-LEEN KIIPLI perceives ways of standing between light and shadow, uncertainty and suspense. She explores blurred existential encounters between different forms of life and grasps the subject in the flow of relations with multiple others.
Mari-Leen Kiipli (1988) studied photography in Tartu and Tallinn, did an exchange in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn. Kiipli combines photography, video, and installation, she focuses on the cognitive qualities of spaces and situations. In her work, she closely observes her presence in specific environments and the functioning of the body’s memory.

Kristi Kongi’s and Mari-Leen Kiipli’s duo exhibition “Secret whistle in the forest” is part of the architectural lighting design and light art festival Tartu Valgus | Tartu in Light satellite program. In addition to Kogo gallery, exhibition “Vacuum as a Mindset” will also open in the evening of October 24 simultaneously in two galleries – in Tartu Art House at 5pm and in Gallery Noorus at 6pm. The opening evening program continues in the Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas) where Kogo gallery’s exhibition “Secret whistle in the forest” will open at 7pm. Opening evening ends with a live concert by the main artist of the exhibition “Vacuum as a Mindset” Carl Michael von Hausswolff, at 9pm in the Hall of Love at Aparaaditehas.

As part of the Tartu in Light festival Kogo gallery is exceptionally open 12pm–10pm from October 25 until October 28.

The exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Pühaste Brewery, Saku and A. Le Coq.

Thanks to Tartu Art Museum, Tartu Art House

15/12/2018 – 26/01/2019
Eva Mustonen

You are cordially invited to the opening of Eva Mustonen’s solo exhibition “Spider-Woman” on Saturday, December 14 at 6 pm in Kogo Gallery.

Deriving from the myths related to weaving (both ancient and contemporary), Eva Mustonen offers a prosaic version of tapestry as a niche and archaic textile art form. At the exhibition “Spider-Woman” the artist lays her creative process directly in front of the viewer. While staying at the gallery during the exhibition, the artist will be painting the yarns and weaving them into a wall carpet on the tapestry looms. The day by day carpet making will be accompanied by the artist’s past years interviews with Estonian tapestry artists as well as her own diary excerpts and texts that concern the history of tapestry and it’s position in contemporary art world, illustrating self ironically, how seemingly simple and technically easily attainable tapestry weaving can turn out to be much more complicated.

Eva Mustonen (1986) studied textile design and semiotics in Tartu and Gothenburg and sculpture in Tallinn. She is currently living and working in Tallinn.

Today, Mustonen works mainly as an installation artist. 
In her projects, personal narratives dominate that speak 
of being different, living somewhere in the margins of society and becoming invisible in the public sphere. In her work, 
she combines both the techniques of the textile design and 
the products of everyday acts and doings. Mustonen’s works stand out because of her usage of tightly crafted and recognizable materials and unexpectedly beautiful mystical objects. The artist seems to be inspired by everyday simplicity, the marvellous abundance of second-hand shops 
and the history of women artists. Mustonen could be seen 
and thought about as a feminist, in which the private can 
often have a political dimension.

19/09/2018 – 19/10/2018
Elīna Vītola
Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life – Crapstraction

Kogo Gallery is pleased to announce Elīna Vītola’s solo exhibition Common Issues in Painting and Everyday Life  – Crapstraction at our Tartu gallery space. This marks the Latvian artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and Vītola’s first solo exhibition in Estonia.

Elīna Vītola studied painting in Riga, where she currently lives and works. Painting, the picturesque and the points where they connect with everyday triviality are central issues in the oeuvre of Vītola. The artist approaches colors, objects and painting as a whole in a conceptual way, pitching humorous questions about its subject matter, technique and material. Vītola has pointed out that she is interested in art and canned fruits — this phrase could be taken as a key handed to the viewer to unlock her art works.

Exhibition caption Common Issues In Painting and Everyday Life – Crapstraction, the word “crapstraction” is a synonym for Zombie Formalism, which characterizes the revival of abstractionism. The current exhibition is the newest chapter of Vītola’s 28 year long ongoing research project “How to become an artist?”. The exhibition consists of artist’s various attempts to find solutions to problems that she as an abstract artist is facing in her everyday life and in the process of painting. While searching for a way to become successful as an artist, Vītola is looking at different stereotypes that are associated with art and artists, through which she tries to demystify the painting process itself.

Exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

– 01/11/2018
Open Call

Kogo Gallery announces an open call for 2019 exhibitions!

Through open call we are looking for one solo exhibition and one curatorial project for our 2019 exhibition program. We are expecting contemporary art projects that fit with the gallery’s space, identity and program, and which show clear artist or curatorial position. International exhibition projects are also welcome. Exhibition duration is 4-6 weeks.

Kogo Gallery is a contemporary art gallery opened in spring 2018 in the Widget Factory (Aparaaditehas) in Tartu. The Aim of the gallery is to represent emerging artists with their local and international visibility.

Application should consist of:

– detailed description of the proposed exhibition

– preferred time for exhibition

– names of the participants, CV-s, portfolios (either digitally or links to websites)

– contact details of the organiser (phone number, e-mail)

Applications should be sent on e-mail address kogo@kogogallery.ee

Deadline: November 1, 2018

Kogo Gallery plan

21/07/2018 – 08/09/2018
Group exhibition
“Everyday Witchcraft”

Participating artists:

Anna Mari Liivrand, GolfClayderman, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Kristel Saan, Laura Põld

Curated by Merilin Talumaa

Anna Mari Liivrand (1993) is based in Tallinn. Liivrand’s works combine different mediums such as installation, sculpture and drawing while engaging with fragility and different preservation practices through which she tries to unfold the intrinsicity of the objects and capture moments of clarity in everyday life.

GolfClayderman is based in Latvia. Unlimited liability company GolfClayderman is a multipurpose organisation established in 2016. It encompasses all spheres of life and looks after the improvement of their quality. The collective’s core consists of Margrieta Griestiņa and Aksels Bruks. Both members studied at the Department of Visual Communication of the Art Academy of Latvia. GolfClayderman are active in a multitude of fields of art and life – performance, music, theatre, lifestyle, fashion, body art, and others.

Jaakko Pallasvuo (1987) is based in Helsinki. Pallasvuo makes videos, texts, performances and installations that explore the anxieties of being alive now, and the prospect of living in some possible future.

Kristel Saan (1985) is based in Tallinn and Vancouver. Saan’s field of study is questioning body experiences in a visually supercharged world, based on the personal archives that we all have, and the encountered exchange as it’s result – looking into suspension of the superstition in the utopian space.

Laura Põld (1984) is based in Tallinn and Vienna. Põld is mainly working with poetics of ‘place’. The combination of mediums such as painting, installation, ceramics, video, and text become staged landscapes in symbiosis with the gallery space, and sometimes environments for interactive performative experimentation.

Exhibition is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tartmus, Kuma Kombucha, A. Le Coq

07/06/2018 – 10/06/2018
Contemporary Art Fair

Kogo gallery is glad to invite you to the contemporary art fair ArtVilnius’18 from 7th till 10th of June 2018 in Vilnius.

Kogo gallery will present works by three artists:

Alexei Gordin (1989) studied painting in Tallinn and Helsinki and currently lives and works in Tallinn.

Elīna Vītola (1986) studied painting in Riga, where she currently lives and works.

Eva Mustonen (1986) studied textile design and semiotics in Tartu and Gothenburg and sculpture in Tallinn. She is currently living and working in Tallinn.


LITEXPO Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre
Laisves av. 5, Vilnius, Lithuania
Halls: 3, 4, 5

Opening hours:
Thursday, 7 June 12pm–3pm by invitation
Thursday, 7 June 3pm–8pm NB! opening party from 6pm
Friday & Saturday, 8–9 June 11.30am–8pm
Sunday, 10 June 11.30am–6pm

Elīna Vītola, Common Issues In Painting And Everyday Life 5, installatsioon: diivan, rullitud lõuend, õli lõuendil, 210 x 2000 cm, 198 x 99 x 83 cm, 2018.
09/05/2018 – 07/07/2018
Alexei Gordin
I Remained Silent

The idea about the death of art is as dead as art itself. Such post-mortem condition, no living creature is able to experience. Whereof one cannot speak thereof one must speculate.

Alexei Gordin decided to remain silent – speculatively silent. The word “speculate” originates from the word “mirror” (speculum). As Gordin says, conscious silence creates an uncomfortable feeling that makes silence resonate. Such silence, however, is not calming and meditative. Such silence may be felt as complete dissonance.

Gordin has previously made a video where he runs through an abandoned city with a slogan “Buy My Works!”. In the same way, he gives an inaudible speech in the abandoned Tallinn City Hall, constructing both subtitles and the audience’s response to it.

The same way institutional art exists constructing a spectacle of art – starting with artist and art and ending with a reception and archives. There is probably some kind of statistics that confirms us that we live in a very art-conscious society.

Text by: Tanel Rander

Alexei Gordin (born 1989) studied painting in Tallinn and Helsinki and currently lives and works in Tallinn.

Although he has a background as a painter, Gordin fluently uses different media and works with drawing, photography, video and performance. The main subject matter of his artistic practice is absurdly stereotypical thinking and behaviour patterns of people in contemporary mass society.

Gordin’s works are almost always narrative in nature and often cover exciting or annoying situations. In the early years of his career, filthy slums, empty industrial landscapes, marginalised and stigmatised social groups, and vulgar jokes constituted the core atmosphere of Gordin’s work.

The harsh reality of the art world has now become one of his main topics and the artist has himself become the protagonist. Scenes scattered with black humour deconstruct the image of the professional art world as something elitist and glamorous.

Gordin has won several photography competitions and in 2017 he was awarded the Young Painters’ Prize in Vilnius.

26/04/2018 – 05/05/2018
Viewing and reading room

The opening event of Kogo Gallery. The artists who will all have their solo or duo exhibition in the gallery during 2018 will together take over the new space in their own personal manner by creating either connections or headstrong oppositions between each other. Elīna Vītola presents the viewer with humorous observations about the connections that abstract art has with everyday life and politics, while Kristi Kongi focuses on systematic research into light, colour and senses. Social, personal and existential are represented in Alexei Gordin’s adventures in the art world but also in Diana Tamane’s sensitive approaches to the stories from her family history. Eva Mustonen and Mari-Leen Kiipli will work together to create an installation that will place the viewer face-to-face with bizarre found and invented objects. The gallery becomes a viewing and reading room where the visitors are invited to spend their time and to acquaint themselves with the works of the artists.