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  • Kristi Kongi

    Biography

    Kristi Kongi (born 1985) studied painting in Tartu, Tallinn, and Lahti and currently lives and works in Tallinn.

    The central theme, material, and inspiration of Kongi’s art practice is color. Despite the fact that Kongi’s works seem, at first glance, to be joyful and energetic, they do not have accidental or solely spontaneous color expression. The visual language of her paintings, which are easy to quickly define as examples of geometric abstraction, revolves around systemic studies of light and color, being in particular analytic and organised. Kongi is a watchful observer, keen on conducting experiments and making intelligent conclusions, whose work results in a canvas or site-specific installation. Kongi’s painted spatial installation “The Confectionery Factory” could be permanently seen in the lobby of the Tartu Art Museum.

    Kong has awarded the Young Artist Award in 2011, Sadolin Art Award 2013, she was nominated for the Köler Prize in 2016 and she won the Konrad Mägi Prize in 2017.

    More info on Kristi Kongi’s webpage.

    Press/Publications

    Photo reportage from the exhibition by Kristi Kongi and Mari-Leen Kiipli at the Kogo gallery
    Echo Gone Wrong. 22/11/2018

    Kristi Kongi and Kasper Bosmans at Kumu Art Museum
    Art Viewer. 08/10/2018

    The pictorial world of Kristi Kongi
    Severine Grosjean. VHMOR. 08/07/2018

    Kristi Kongi: I do enjoy ling contemplation and pondering over things
    Andreas Trossek. Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE. 1/2014

    CV

    Kristi Kongi (1985) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Education

    2008-2011 Estonian Academy of Arts, Painting (MA)
    2004-2008 Tartu Art College, Painting (BA)
    2004 Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts, Finland

    Selected Solo Exhibitions

    2018 Secret Whistle in the Forest, with Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
    2018 Mapping the Jungle, Karen Huber Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
    2018 Kristi Kongi in Dialogue with Kasper Bosmans. Alchemists, Artists, Cleaners and Others, with Kasper Bosmans, KUMU Art Museum exhibition space, Tallinn, Estonia
    2018 Houses with Soul, Dedazo, Carrillo Puerto, Mexico
    2017 Aberration. Exercises with Light and Shadow, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2016 Have You Seen Yourself, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Then. Now. Between All Those Times, Tallinn City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Wish I Were a Bird, Orton Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
    2013 Andogynic Mind Machines, with Raoul Kurvitz, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Wish I Were a Bird, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 HEAVEN, with Marta Stratskas, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010 Transformer, Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010 You are My Meow, SooSoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    2019 Lines Composed During A Tour, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, United States of America
    2017 Children of the New East, curated by Siim Preiman, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
    2016 Nomadic Images, 16th International Painting Triennial, curated by Linas Liandzbergis, Museum of Applied Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2016 The Great Painter, curated by Liisa Kaljula, Evald Okas Museum, Haapsalu, Estonia
    2016 Kilometre of Sculpture, curated by Anna Virtanen, Rakvere, Estonia
    2016 Köler Prize exhibition of nominees, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014-2015 White Sheet – Three Visions, dFab, Riga Gallery, Riga, Latvia; Arka Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2014 Can’t Go On. Must Go On, curated by Elin Kard and Mihkel Ilus, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Merike Estna & I’m a painting, curated by Merike Estna and Kati Ilves, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
    2014 Artishok Biennale. A+B=AB14, Mūkusalas Mākslas Salons, Riga, Latvia
    2014 Is This the Museum We Wanted?,  curated by Rael Arter, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia
    2013-2014 Young Painter Prize, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2013 Are We not Drawn to New Era, Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
    2012 Speed of Darkness and Other Stories, KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
    2012 Muuda oma meelt / Change Your Mind, Viljandi City Gallery, Viljandi, Estonia
    2011 Young Painter Prize exhibition of finalists, Tatanikas, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2011 Zugzwang, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010-2011 Girl Power, Artdepoo, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010 Zugzwang, Commune Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
    2010 Muutuv maalikunst / Painting in Process, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
    2010 193 x 292, Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

    Performances

    2016 Currency, curated by Gabriel Mestre, Tripitaka Water Bank, Kopenhagen, Denmark

    Prizes and Scholarships

    2017 Konrad Mägi prize
    2016 Nominee of the Köler prize
    2013 Sadolin Art Prize
    2011 Young Artist Prize

    Residencies

    2018 Dedazo residency, Carrillo Puerto, Mexico
    2017 Research residency, Mexico City, Mexico
    2016 De Liceiras, Porto, Portugal
    2014 Samband Íslenkra Myndlistarmanna (SÍM), Reykjavik, Iceland

    Books

    Kristi Kongi (ed.), Aberration. Exercises with light and shadow, 2017.
    Annika Toots and Merilin Talumaa (eds.), Artists’ Spaces, Estonian Art Academy Press, 2017.
    Kristi Kongi, Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (eds.), I haven’t moved my head from the pillow, Lugemik, 2015.
    Compiled by artists, Can’t go on. Must go on, exhibition catalogue, 2014.
    Kati Ilves and Merike Estna (eds.), Dear I’m a Painting / Always Yours Blue Lagoon, exhibition catalogue, 2014.

    Publications

    Kati Ilves, Kristi Kongi nostalgiaruumid, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture KUNST.EE, 2/2015.
    Andreas Trossek, Kunstilugu, Vikerkaar, 3/2015.
    Andreas Trossek, Kristi Kongi: Ma väga naudin pikalt mõtlemist ja asjade üle kaalumist, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture KUNST.EE, 1/2014.
    Agnese Čivle, Kristi Kongi: Playing in the House of Color, Arterritory, 05.08.2011.

    Works in Collections

    Tartu Art Museum
    Private collections in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, England, Italy

    Selected Artworks
    Landscape With the Sky and the Moon
    2018
    The Summer
    2016
    Electric Wind
    2018
    The Window Could Be Open to Be Heard
    2018
    Secret Whistle in the Forest
    2018
    On Warm Horizon. How to Read a Jungle?
    2018
    Clouds in the Giant Building
    2016
    Topography of Broken Dreams
    2018
    Is There Any Light And Colour Left?
    The Evening Light Moved Fast. I Knew That Two Floors Above the Sea Is Visible
    2020
    Somewhere In the Depths of the Cliff, There Seemed a Frightening Crimson
    2020
    Burning Magenta. Although Located On the Border Of Hot and Cold?
    2020
    It Was a Late Summer Rainy Night. What Smells In the Garden!
    2020
    The Light Changes. The Colour Changes. It Has Always Been the Case. And So It Remains
    2020
    Yellow Always Has So Much Power. Lemon and Chrome Yellow. I’m Trying to Get Ahead Somehow. I’m Trying to Understand
    2020
    I Have Never Seen Before This Kind of Sneaky Orange Light From the Window
    2020
    Ice-Cold Turquoise Led the Minds to Wander the Distances
    2020
    Purple Showed Danger, But I Still Moved Straight Across the Airport
    2020
    Dangerous Indian Yellow Just Rushed Down From the Sky. Being Marvellous
    2020
    These Black Pearls Gave Me a Chance to Be Honest. Although the Second Row Clearly Glowed Cobalt Purple
    2020
    Private: Clouds Were At the Room and Helped Me to Daydream. Pinkish Light Came From the Doorway
    2020
    The Heat Made Me Gasp. The Shimmering Sky With Magenta Made Me Gasp
    2020
    Gigantic Ice Roots Stretching From the Surface, Flame Up, Shone, Glow, Sparkled, In an Immense Underground Cathedral, Like Countless Prisms of Light (Witi Ihimaera)
    2020
    To Sense the Light, You Have To Close Your Eyes. You Have To Think With Your Eyes Closed
    2020
    Sudden Hail Melted the Borders of All Colours
    2020
    If I Have Northern Lights, I Don’t Need Anything Else In My Life
    2020
    I Ran Away From the Colours, But They Still Came After Me
    2020
    The Brightest Moment of the Day At Once Made the Whole Surroundings Clear. Or It Brightened My Mind
    2020
    The Evening Light Moved Fast. I Knew That Two Floors Above the Sea Is Visible
    2020
    Magenta Completely Changed Me. Emotionally Fluctuate
    2020
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    Kristi Kongi
    Landscape With the Sky and the Moon
    Oil on canvas
    34 x 42 cm
    2018

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    The Summer
    Oil on canvas
    35 x 35 cm
    2016

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    Electric Wind
    Oil on canvas
    37 x 44 cm
    2018

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    The Window Could Be Open to Be Heard
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 55 cm
    2018

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    Kristi Kongi
    Clouds in the Giant Building
    Õli lõuendil
    29 x 30 cm
    2016

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    The Evening Light Moved Fast. I Knew That Two Floors Above the Sea Is Visible
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Somewhere In the Depths of the Cliff, There Seemed a Frightening Crimson
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Burning Magenta. Although Located On the Border Of Hot and Cold?
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    It Was a Late Summer Rainy Night. What Smells In the Garden!
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    The Light Changes. The Colour Changes. It Has Always Been the Case. And So It Remains
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Yellow Always Has So Much Power. Lemon and Chrome Yellow. I’m Trying to Get Ahead Somehow. I’m Trying to Understand
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    I Have Never Seen Before This Kind of Sneaky Orange Light From the Window
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Ice-Cold Turquoise Led the Minds to Wander the Distances
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Purple Showed Danger, But I Still Moved Straight Across the Airport
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Dangerous Indian Yellow Just Rushed Down From the Sky. Being Marvellous
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    These Black Pearls Gave Me a Chance to Be Honest. Although the Second Row Clearly Glowed Cobalt Purple
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Private: Clouds Were At the Room and Helped Me to Daydream. Pinkish Light Came From the Doorway
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    In private collection

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    The Heat Made Me Gasp. The Shimmering Sky With Magenta Made Me Gasp
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Gigantic Ice Roots Stretching From the Surface, Flame Up, Shone, Glow, Sparkled, In an Immense Underground Cathedral, Like Countless Prisms of Light (Witi Ihimaera)
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    To Sense the Light, You Have To Close Your Eyes. You Have To Think With Your Eyes Closed
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Sudden Hail Melted the Borders of All Colours
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    If I Have Northern Lights, I Don’t Need Anything Else In My Life
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    I Ran Away From the Colours, But They Still Came After Me
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    The Brightest Moment of the Day At Once Made the Whole Surroundings Clear. Or It Brightened My Mind
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

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    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    The Evening Light Moved Fast. I Knew That Two Floors Above the Sea Is Visible
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.

    Kristi Kongi
    Magenta Completely Changed Me. Emotionally Fluctuate
    Mixed media on paper
    21 x 18
    2020

    A piece from the series of watercolours named ” Is There Any Light And Colour Left?” at the exhibition “Time to Dream or Fear?”. The whole series is like a diary of everyday observations regarding light, colours and emotions, expressing the richness and nuances of aesthetic perception.