Mari-Leen Kiipli


Mari-Leen Kiipli (born in 1988) studied photography in Tartu and Tallinn, did an exchange in Vienna and currently lives and works in Tallinn. Kiipli is the founding member of the artist-run space Rundum.

Kiipli, being involved parallelly in collective artistic practice, is still looking for herself in her personal artistic practice. Her larger solo projects that combine photography, video, and installation, focus 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. Her last bigger solo exhibition was based on the visual language of nature documentaries and presented it in an installation-like way, using mirrors, projections and peculiar perspectives. The atmosphere of Kiipli’s works is pure, full of visual effects and intriguingly confusing.

Kiipli was awarded with the Adamson-Eric scholarship as a member of the Rundum artist-run space in 2015, and the Annual Prize of Estonian Cultural Endowment in 2018.


Mari-Leen Kiipli (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

Solo Exhibitions

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

2018 Trial and Error, exhibition screening curated by Kulla Laas ja Kaisa Maasik, Tramway Art Space, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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, curated by Minna Hint, Maksim Surin, Joanot Cortes, Pilar Monsell, Ateena Cinema, Tartu, Estonia


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


Estonian Artist’s Association


2018 Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2015 Adamson-Eric Young Artist Prize, with Rundum collective


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.


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
Fish That Swallows the Earth. Particles That Dance in the Sunrays
The School of Dreams
The School of Dreams
The School of Dreams
The School of Dreams
The School of Dreams
The School of Dreams
Leisure Time Stories
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Mari-Leen Kiipli
The School of Dreams
Color print on aluminium composite
80 x 80 cm

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