12. Kairo Street 4

12. Kairo Street 4

Pigment print, special Kogo auction edition from 2010
30 × 30 cm

Starting price 150 €
Gathering at Kogo Auction on June 5th 2021

For the auction, Paul Kuimet has donated eight photos from the “Kairo Street” (2010) series, which he made during his studies at the TaiK, University of Arts and Design in Helsinki (now Aalto University The School of Arts, Design and Architecture). He first exhibited the series as a lightbox installation at his second solo exhibition “Viewfinders” (2011, Tallinn City Gallery), which addressed the understandings of place through photographs and film. The series depicts eight consecutive houses on Kairo street in Helsinki. The sometimes chaotic maze of trees in the foreground of the photos contrasts the frontal and “objective” of the buildings themselves. According to Kadri Veermäe, the series documenting Kairo Street represents an understanding of the “right lifestyle”, which in Finland was already an established phenomenon, but in Estonia, something new (Sirp 06.01.2012). How we look at it now, ten years later?

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About the artist

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 works are characterised by their mediated technical vision, yet he also pays attention to the viewer’s body, it’s movement and presence in the exhibition space. His recent works focus on the connections of modern building materials (such as steel and glass) with the development of capitalism since the 19th century.

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 2020–2022, Paul Kuimet is one of the recipients of the artist’s salary, and in 2017 he got the annual award of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for Fine Arts and Applied Arts. 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. 


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