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Portrait of Anton Hansen Tammsaare titled Truth and Justice

Portrait of Anton Hansen Tammsaare titled Truth and Justice

Aluminium, granite. Edition 1/5
53 × 23 × 21 cm
2020
€2500
Introduction

Art Allmägi has brought a portrait of Putin to the exhibition that looks at us from a bookshelf, titled “Portrait of Anton Hansen Tammsaare titled Truth and Justice”. The work is about post-truth society and uncritical belief in everything that the media throws into our living rooms. The artist describes his work background: “In 2019 I had an exhibition at Draakon Gallery titled “Come and Kiss the Hand of the Future President”. When I was taking the show down, the gallery invigilator told me that a couple of Russian tourists had expressed their anger, as the show supposedly offended Putin and Russia. To that, the invigilator always said it is not Putin but the famous Estonian writer Anton Hansen Tammsaare. After that, the tourists apologised and left. This made me think. Why did they believe that?” For the curator, the work draws parallels between Tammsaare Park and domestic bookshelves. But who shapes our mental space? Is it writers and intellectuals or perhaps power-hungry lunatics at the helm of state?

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