Paul Kuimet (b. 1984) creates photographic installations and 16 mm films, the subject matter of which ranges from landscapes and architecture to objects and works of art. His work both focuses on a way of viewing inherent to technique and technical mediation. Besides, he also pays attention to the viewer’s body, its movement and presence when exhibiting his works in the space. Since 2013, his work has expressed an interest in modernist forms. His recent works focus on the connection of modernist architectural structures as well as materials (like steel and glass) with the development of modern capitalism.
Paul Kuimet studied photography and liberal arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. For a short time, he has studied video and film at the Baltic Film and Media School of Tallinn University and the University of East London. Paul Kuimet lives and works in Tallinn.
Kuimet’s recent presentations include the solo and duo exhibitions Endless Story (with Mihkel Ilus), Tallinn Art Hall (2020); Five Volumes, EKA Gallery, Tallinn (2020) & Narva Art Residency (2018); Space Coordinates (with Nina Schuiki), WNTRP, Berlin (2018); Perpendicular, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn (2016) and Late Afternoon, Tallinn City Gallery (2016) & Espace Photographique Contretype, Brussels (2016). His work has been part of group exhibitions and screening programmes such as Trial and Error, Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main (2018); Archeology of the Screen, Kumu Art Museum (2018) & BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2017); Contemporary Art from Estonia, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main (2018); Process Film Festival, Riga (2018); Tell me about the ones who sleep through storms: Films and Videos from the Baltics, TIFF programme Wavelengths, Toronto (2017); Image Drain, Tallinn Art Hall (2017) and The Baltic Pavilion. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2016).
In 2018, he participated in the residency programmes at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels and at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City.