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  • Kristel Saan


    Kristel Saan (1985) lives and works in Tallinn and in Vancouver.

    Artist Kristel 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 a suspension of superstition in the utopian space.

    More info on Kristel Saan’s homepage.


    Kristel Saan (1985) lives and works in Tallinn and in Vancouver.


    2012-2015 Estonian Academy of Arts, ceramics (MA)
    2014 Rhode Island School of Design, ceramics
    2013 Emily Carr University of Art and Design, visual arts
    2011 Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, fine arts
    2008-2012 Estonian Academy of Arts, ceramics (BA)
    2003-2007 Tartu University, law (BA)

    Solo Exhibitions

    2018 I Ate Emptiness Also, sound performance with Sten Saarits, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 Zero G Tonic, with Sten Saarits, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 I Cloud, Stella Soomlaisi Studio, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 I Ate Emptiness Also, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2016 Organically Grown, Artishok Biennale, Theatre NO99, Tallinn, Eesti
    2015 My rising sign is Dancer, Estonian Art Academy, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Domestic Altar EGO, HOP Gallery Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 Sunbed, HOP Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 There were some, but there was no-one, with Evelin Saul, Vabadus Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Sunbed, XL Art Space, Helsinki, Finland

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2018 TAVA18, Tartu Light Festival, Tartu, Estonia
    2018 Everyday Witchcraft, curated by Merilin Talumaa, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2018 Dead Man’s Skis or How to Describe the Forest to Digital Rabbits, curated by Peeter Laurits, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
    2017 Dead Man’s Skis or How to Describe the Forest to Digital Rabbits, curated by Peeter Laurits, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2017 X. perience, Du Ruimte, Gent, Belgium
    2016 An Honest Mimic, FIELD Contemporary, Vancouver, Canada
    2016 Idealists, curated by Karin Paulus, Tallinna Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 The New Flesh, VIVO Media Arts Center, Vancouver, Canada
    2015 TASE’15, Estonian Academy of Arts exhibition, Kotzebue building, Tallinn, Estonia
    2015 Antics, James Black Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    2015 Considering Heterotopias, ECUAD Concouse Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    2015 Untitled, Astro Turf Gallery opening show, Vancouver, Canada
    2014 The Visitor Vegetable, Skylight Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    2014 Open Borders, Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Wildly good Estonian Design, Design Night Festival, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Estonia in Details, European Ceramic Context 2014 satellite, Sandvig Radstue Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2014 Transparent Kiln, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre, Skælskør, Denmark
    2014 Micro Estonia – Macro Estonia, Estonian Ceramist Union annual exhibition, Tõrva, Estonia
    2014 Watery World, London Canal Museum, London, United Kingdom
    2014 Size Doesn’t Matter?, Design and Architecture Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Size Doesn’t Matter?, Design Flanders Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
    2014 Just KILn me, Sol Koeffler Gallery, Providence RI, United States of America
    2013 Mud and Instincr, Haapsalu City Gallery, Haapsalu, Estonia
    2013 80 cups, Estonian Ceramist Union annual exhibition, Amandus Adamson Studio Museum, Paldiski, Estonia
    2013 Cymbals, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 90 Years of Ceramic Education in Estonia, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 Matter, Creative Incubator, Eesti Design House, Tallinn, Estonia
    2013 Pretty Things to Look at, Ayden Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    2013 FUCK, Hot Art Wet City Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
    2012 Modenschau Alexandra Börner & Cristoph Beyer, performance, Helle Saale, Germany
    2012 RAUMinbetrieb, Artfestival, Halle Saale, Germany
    2012 The Voice of Drawing, IV TallinnDrawing Triennial: DIALOGUE, Kullo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Food and Vessel, Hungarian Institute, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Black and White, Estonian Ceramist Union annual exhibition, Design and Architecture Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Tallinn International Flower Festival, Square of Towers, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Large Vase, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
    2012 Food and Vessel, Valga Museum, Valga, Estonia
    2012 EKA POP-UP Ceramics, Saaremaa Art Studio, Saaremaa, Estonia
    2011 Art by Candle-light, Museums at Night, London Central Museum, London, United Kingdom
    2011 Red in process, Charing Cross Viewing Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    2011 Central Saint Martini spring exhibition, London, United Kingdom
    2010 Design Het, exhibition EST_HU, Budapest Design Week exhibition, Budapest, Hungary
    2010 Just Born, Estonian Young Artist Union exhibition, T-Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010 AWAY, Estonian Ceramist Union annual exhibition, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

    Curated Exhibitions

    2014 The Visitor Vegetable, Skylight Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

    Workshops, Courses and Residencies

    2015 Motion Picture Industry Orientation Course, Vancouver, Canada
    2014 2nd European Woodfire Conference, Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
    2014 ENGAGE! Participatory Design Workshop, Adrianne Gagnon Providence RI, United States of America
    2013 Residency with Siman Li, Mission Artists United, San Francisco, United States of America
    2013 Sculpture and Installation Workshop with Ruth Beer, Vancouver, Canada
    2013 Ceramic Surface Design Workshop with Justin Novak, Vancouver, Canada
    2012 Woodfire Workshop at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark

    Awards and Scholarships

    2014 Adamson-Eric Young Artist Award nominee
    2014 Estonian Innovation Institute travel grant
    2012-2018 Estonian Cultural Endowment Visual and Applied Arts Foundation scholarships
    2013 Ilmar Palm Ceramic Award
    2013 Archimedes Dora T7 scholarship
    2011, 2015 Erasmus scholarship

    Selected Publications in English

    Leah Collins, An art fair where the physical plane meets the new, digital flesh, CBC Arts, 30.10.2015.
    Flawless Magazine, Killer Women, 2014/5.
    Reet Varblane, Kristel Saan/Evelin Saul. There were some but there was no one, Kuhuminna.ee, 27.06.2013.
    Estonian World, Young Estonian Artists: Kristel Saan, 05.08.2013.
    Juho “Poesiloe” Pöysti, Kristel Saan: Sunbed, Müürileht/Wader, 27.12.2012.

    Selected Artworks
    Dance. You’re Alive
    2015/ 2020
    The Witches Do not Play, The Witch Will Come In
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    Kristel Saan
    Dance. You’re Alive
    Photo on canvas
    55 x 91
    2015/ 2020

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    “Dance, You’re Alive” is a view from the Burning Man 2015 Temple, The Temple of Promise, where the 2015 overall theme was Carnival of Mirrors.

    “it is not a temple in recognition of any religion; it’s a neutral, non-denominational spiritual space where everyone can gather to share in the experience of remembering the past, honouring or cursing the present, and pondering the future to come” – burningman.org

    We have airily lived in the “society of the spectacle”. All and everything is in relation to something and being compared to.. When all of a sudden it’s been taken and you are left with yourself – all alone. But apparently you are Alive – so what do you do.. And then it is all over again.. You Are Not Alone.. Someone is watching so you better be Dancing!