Mari-Leen Kiipli (born in 1988) creates photos, videos and installations that focus mainly on the unspoken, cognitive features of spaces and situations. As an attentive viewer, wanderer, and researcher, she has created her vision of genres such as nature documentaries, sports coverage, or nature photography, as opposed to the narrative-based notion prevalent in the media. She is interested in old myths and stories in the modern context, such as the myth of the end of the world or the tales and use of various plants. Through these stories, she explores humanity’s relationship with nature. With her inventive and fascinating installations, she sharpens the viewer’s attention to light, transparency, reflections, shadows, colour, sharpness, texture, movement, sound and other perceptible qualities. To do this, she uses various materials, found objects, plants, slow-motion videos. In videos and photographs, she depicts her own focused and sensitive presence or even improvisational movement in found places, such as an abandoned house or industrial landscape, forest, field or greenhouse. Mari-Leen’s works are both enchanting and confusing.
Mari-Leen Kiipli has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Pallas University of Applied Sciences, attended exchange studies in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn. Kiipli’s recent solo or duo exhibitions are “Nanshe Gone Fishing” in Draakon Gallery, Tallinn (2021), “Husa” in Haapsalu City Gallery (2020), Mari-Leen Kiipli “Husa” & Paul Kuimet “Crystal Grid” in Kogo Gallery, Tartu (2020), “no path goes through Asparaag” in Tartu Art House (2019), “Secret Whistle in the Forest” with Kristi Kong in Kogo Gallery, Tartu (2018), “Passiflora” in Hobuspea Gallery, Tallinn ( 2017), “One-on-One” at the Estonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn (2017). Her works have been shown at group exhibitions, screenings and art fairs such as Liste Art Fair Basel (with Kogo Gallery, 2021), photo fairs Unseen Amsterdam and Foto Tallinn (with Kogo Gallery, 2019), The Others, independent art fair, Turin (with the Estonian Union of Photography Artists FOKU, 2018), Estonia Now: Artists’ Moving Image Program, Tramway, Glasgow (2018) and Metamorphoses for Home, Tartu Art Museum, curator Johanna Hoffman (2018).
At the art fair Foto Tallinn in 2019, the private funding platform Outset Estonia awarded Mari-Leen Kiipli (with Kogo gallery) with the purchase of her video work “Fish That Swallows the Earth. Particles That Dance in the Sunrays”. In 2018, Mari-Leen received the annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, and her installation “Passiflora” presented by FOKU won the prize in the Expanded Screen section of The Others art fair in Turin.
Exhibitions at Kogo
Press and Publications
Metaphors for Home. Young artists’ interpretations
Exhibition catalogue, Tanel Rander, Joanna Hoffmann, Wolfgang Hildesheimer. Tartu Art Museum, 2018.
What to do Together?
Authors and editors: Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kulla Laas, Aap Tepper, Mari Volens, Kristina Õllek. Rundum, 2017.
Tartu Art College diploma works catalogue, 2013.
Shots Young Photographer
Shots Directory, London, 2012.
Echo Gone Wrong, 29.11.2021.
Nature constantly shows you that nothing is forever
Q&A with the artists Mari-Leen Kiipli and Eike Eplik, and curator Šelda Puķīte. Arterritory, 08.07.2021.
Dancing on the ruins of the future
Annika Toots focuses on the dystopian landscapes in the works of Mari-Leen Kiipli and Britta Benno. KUNST.EE 3/2021.
Echo Gone Wrong, 13.08.2020.
Diane Smyth, Aesthetica Magazine, Issue 90, August/September 2019.
Photo reportage from the exhibition by Kristi Kongi and Mari-Leen Kiipli at the Kogo gallery
Echo Gone Wrong, 22.11.2018.
Agnese Pundiņa, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 4/2017.
Queeziness is Needless
Piret Karro, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 3/2014.
Kaisa Eiche, Sirp,
Arvustus: inimesed on taimede uni
Art Leete, Müürileht, 16.11.2018.
Kongi ja Kiipli kihilises metsas
Anti Saar, Sirp, 23.11.2018.
Ainulaadne ja asendamatu Rundum
Siim Preiman, Sirp, 26.09.2014.
Marten Esko, Sirp, 24.04.2014.
Kohalolek Raja galeriis
Annika Toots, Sirp, 24.01.2014.
Taas üks toimekas kunstipaik
Reet Varblane, Sirp, 08.11.2013.
Müürileht 29, sügis 2013.
Jalutuskäik galeriides: Enesepeegeldused ja tulevik Mario Laul, Sirp, 25.04.2013.
Aknast ei näinud muud kui taanduvat halli
Maarin Ektermann, Artishok, 16.04.2013.
Mari-Leen Kiipli, born in 1988, lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.
|2017||Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts, Photography (MA)|
|2014||Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Fine Arts, exchange studies|
|2013||Tartu Art College, Photography (BA)|
|2011||University of Tartu, Semiotics and Culture Theory|
|2021||Nanshe Gone Fishing. Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2020||Husa & Crystal Grid. Together with Paul Kuimet. Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2020||Husa. Haapsalu City Gallery, Haapsalu, Estonia.|
|2019||No Path Goes Through Asparaag. Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2018||Secret Whistle in the Forest, with Kristi Kongi. Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2017||Passiflora. Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2017||One-on-One. Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2016||The School of Dreams. ARS Project Space, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2015||Stopover. Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2015||The Moment After. Chambre D’Amis, Vienna, Austria.|
|2014||Shared Territories, with Madis Luik, Raum Bonygasse. Eyes-On Month of Photography, Vienna, Austria.|
|2014||Rundum Showcase Manifesta. Manifesta 10 parallel program, Taiga Space, St. Petersburg, Russia.|
|2014||Micro, with Rundum collective. Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2020||ART Biesenthal. Biesenthal, Germany.|
|2020||Measures of Proximity. Artist film program curated by Kaisa Maasik, Kulla Laas. EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2018||Trial and Error. Exhibition screening curated by Kulla Laas ja Kaisa Maasik. Tramway Art Space, Glasgow, United Kingdom.|
|2018||Viewing and reading room. Curated by Liina Raus. Kogo Gallery, Tartu.|
|2018||Metaphors for Home. Curated by Joanna Hoffman, Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2017||TASE Graduation Show. Noblessner, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2016||Estonian Photographic Art Fair. Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2016||ISSP 2016. Kuldiga Art Hall, Kuldiga, Latvia.|
|2015||From Explosion to Expand. Estonian Contemporary Photography 1991-2015. Curated by Anneli Porri. Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2015||Prosu(u)mer. Curated by David Raymond Conroy. Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2015||Sensitive Nature of Becoming, with Tarvo Hanno Varres, Kristin Reiman and Art Nõukas. Rundum, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2015||Pussy Envy. Curated by Stacey Koosel and Anna-Stina Treumund. Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2015||Rundgang 2015. Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Vienna, Austria.|
|2015||Youth Mode. Curated by Marika Agu, Nele Ambos, Hanna-Liis Kont, Julia Polujanenkova. Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2014||Solipsism No More, with Sten Saartis and Pille-Riin Jaik. ISFAG, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2014||Scary Stories. Curated by Anneli Porri, Haapsalu City Gallery, Haapsalu, Estonia.|
|2014||Man can turn in circle and in doing so turn towards any point at will. Raja Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2013||ISSP 2013. Kuldiga Art Hall, Kuldiga, Latvia.|
|2013||Lend 2013. Noorus Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2013||Approaches. Curated by Anu Vahtra and Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo. Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2013||From the Window, All That Could Be Seen Was a Receding Gray. Curated by Laura Toots. Katarsis Project Space, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2011||ID. Curated by Toomas Kalve, Noorus Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2010||ID from Tartu. Curated by Toomas Kalve, Narva Museum, Narva, Estonia.|
|2009||LÄKS! Curated by Terje Ojaveer, Edelaraudtee train on route Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu, Estonia.|
|2008||Tartu.mov. Curated by Minna Hint, Maksim Surin, Joanot Cortes, Pilar Monsell. Ateena Cinema, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2021||Liste Art Fair Basel, Basel, Swizerland;|
|2019||Tallinn Foto, Tallinn, Estonia;|
|2019||Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands;|
|2018||The Others, independent art fair, former Hospital Regina Maria Adelaide, Turin, Italy;|
|2016||Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2013-…||Rundum Artist-Run Space, co-founder and active member;|
|2016||LadyFest Tallinn, organizer.|
|Estonian Artist’s Association;|
|Estonian Union of Photography Artists.|
|2019||Foto Tallinn, Estonian photographic art fair acquisition fund (Outset Estonia);|
|2019||Artist grant, Cultural Endowment of Estonia;|
|2018||Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia;|
|2018||Award for the Expanded Screen section at The Others Art Fair in Turin;|
|2015||Adamson-Eric Young Artist Prize, with Rundum collective.|
|2020||Mazzano Romano residence. Väinö Tanner Foundation´s writer and artist residence scholarship, Italy.|
|2019||Nida Art Colony, Lithuania.|
|2017||Nordic/Baltic Studio for Continued Engagement, Rejmyre Art LAB, Sweden.|
|2016||There is Treasure Everywhere, supervised by Tayo Onorato, ISSP, Latvia.|
|2013||The Vicinity of Narrative: People and Spaces, supervised by Todd Hido, International Summer School of Photography, Latvia.|
|2013||Helikoosolek, supervised by Patrick McGinley, MoKS, Tartu, Estonia.|
|2012||Thinking in Sound, supervised by Daina Pupkevičiūtė, Ptarmigan project space, Tallinn, Estonia.|
|2017||Michel Blazy, Paris, France|