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  • Mari-Leen Kiipli

    Biography

    Mari-Leen Kiipli (b. 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 “Husa” in Haapsalu City Gallery (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 the 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. 15.08. – 6.09.2020 Mari-Leen participates with the Kogo Gallery in the international art festival Art Biesenthal near Berlin, and from August to October she works at the Mazzano Romano guest studio in Italy.

     

    CV

    Mari-Leen Kiipli (1988) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.

    Education

    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

    Solo Exhibitions

    2019 Upcoming: Solo exhibition at 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

    Group Exhibitions

    2020 Upcoming: Video art exhibition in Kogo Gallery, curated by Kulla Laas and Kaisa Maasik, Tartu
    2018 Trial and Error, exhibition screening curated by Kulla Laas ja Kaisa Maasik, Tramway Art Space, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    2018 Viewing and reading room, KOGO Gallery, Tartu, curated by Liina Raus
    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

    Art Fairs

    2019 Tallinn Foto art fair, Tallinn, Estonia
    2019 Unseen Amsterdam art fair, Netherlands
    2018 The Others, independent art fair, former Hospital Regina Maria Adelaide, Turin, Italy
    2016 Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Tallinn, Estonia

    Projects

    2013-… Rundum Artist-Run Space, co-fouder and active member
    2016 LadyFest Tallinn, organizer

    Membership

    Estonian Artist’s Association
    Estonian Union of Photography Artists

    Awards

    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

    Workshops

    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

    Artist assistant

    2017 Michel Blazy, Paris, France

    Publications and Published Works

    Metaphors for Home, exhibition catalogue, 2018.
    What to do Together?, Rundum’s publication, author and co-editor, 2017.
    The School of Dreams, MAJA, 4/2015.
    Manifesta 10 Special Issue, ARTGUIDE, 2014.
    Õudsed lood, exhibition catalogue, 2014.
    Triin Ojari: From a vantage point over Estonian Architecture, Finnish Architecture26.03.2014.
    ISSP 2014, Weekly Planner, International Summer School of Photography, 2014.
    Lend 2013, Tartu Art College diploma works catalogue, 2013.
    Shots Young Photographer, Shots Directory, London, 2012.

    Bibliography

    Agnese Pundiņa, Post-everything?, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 4/2017.
    Siim Preiman, Ainulaadne ja asendamatu Rundum, Sirp, 26.09.2014.
    Marten Esko, Kunstõuduste toimimine, Sirp, 24.04.2014 .
    Piret Karro, Kõhedus on asjatu, Magazine of Art and Visual Culture in Estonia KUNST.EE, 3/2014.
    Annika Toots, Kohalolek Raja galeriis, Sirp, 24.01.2014.
    Reet Varblane, Taas üks toimekas kunstipaik, Sirp, 08.11.2013.
    Rundum alustab! Müürileht, 2013.
    Mario Laul, Jalutuskäik galeriides: Enesepeegeldused ja tulevik, Sirp, 25.04.2013.
    Maarin Ektermann, Aknast ei näinud muud kui taanduvat halli, Artishok, 16.04.2013.

    Selected Artworks
    A Riddle of the Heart. 2019
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    2019
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    2019
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    2019
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    2019
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    2019
    Scarecrow. 2019. Fashion photo series
    From the series SCARECROW
    2019
    From the series SCARECROW
    2019
    From the series SCARECROW
    2019
    From the series SCARECROW
    2019
    From the series SCARECROW
    2019
    Fish That Swallows the Earth / Particles That Dance in the Sunrays. 2018. HD video in two chapters
    Fish That Swallows the Earth / Particles That Dance in the Sunrays
    2018
    The School of Dreams. 2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    The School of Dreams
    2012-2016
    Leisure Time Stories. 2018 (with Eva Mustonen)
    Leisure Time Stories
    2018
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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    90 x 60 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    90 x 60 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    90 x 60 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    90 x 60 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series A RIDDLE OF THE HEART
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    90 x 60 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series SCARECROW
    Color print on aluminium composite
    60 x 90 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series SCARECROW
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    60 x 90 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series SCARECROW
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    60 x 90 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series SCARECROW
    Colour print on aluminium composite
    60 x 90 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    From the series SCARECROW
    Color print on aluminium composite
    60 x 90 cm, 5+2AP
    2019

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    Mari-Leen Kiipli
    The School of Dreams
    Color print on aluminium composite
    80 x 80 cm, 5+2AP
    2012-2016

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