14th Tallinn Print Triennial
Political and Poetical
17 October 27 November 2007
Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn Art Hall
Gallery of the Tallinn Art Hall
Tallinn City Gallery
Theme of the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial:
Political and poetical
Considering the subtitle of the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial, Political
and Poetical, we are primarily interested in a graphic expression that
would join the two ways of existence, at first glance contradictory,
which are nevertheless typical of graphic arts. There is no reason to
have any doubts about the historically political function of graphic
art, or about its poetic and intimate dimension induced by its printing
technology. Having been a go-between media from the start, the canons
and rigid rules of the high art touched the graphic art
somewhat less, which created conditions for individual and liberal self-expression.
Graphic art offered analogous, but essentially different dimension of
freedom in spreading ideas also as a political medium.
Therefore what kind of semantic relocation is evoked
by introducing political texts in poetic form? When does the poetical
become political, and the other way round? Does dealing with print-based
political propaganda constitute romantic self-deception, microscopic
resistance, serious political work, poetic self-expression or all these
rolled together? What influence does a poetically-clad political message
have? What kind of tricks does the art of printing in that context still
have in store? Regulations:
The 14th Tallinn Print Triennial presents works of visual art that were
produced using mechanical or digital reproduction or printing technologies,
produced in 20042007 on the topic of Political and Poetical.
We expect individual works or series (measurements and number is not
limited) that would not cover more than 10 sq m of wall space.
The council of the Triennial has the right to invite artists also outside
The selection of works consists of two phases:
Phase A Sending digital material or slides
DEADLINE: 2 April 2007 1. Images sent by e-mail or on CDs (PC, JPEG,
72 dpi, longer side 20 cm) should be sent together with completed entry
form (downloaded from www.triennial.ee) to the e-mail address: email@example.com
or to the address shown in the end of the regulations.
Those artists selected for Phase B are asked to send later also CDs
with PC images for printing the catalogue (PC, TIFF or JPEG, 300 dpi,
RGB, longer side 20 cm)
2. Images sent on slides:
35 mm slides in 5 x 5 cm mounts (on which should be written the name
of the artist, country, the title of the work, year and the number of
the slide) should be sent together with the completed entry form to
the address shown in the end of the regulations.
International jury selects artists from Phase A for Phase B to
participate in the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial.
Slides and CDs of the works will not be returned.Phase B selected
DEADLINE: 20 AUGUST10 SEPTEMBER, 2007
WORKS MUST BE IN TALLINN BY 10 SEPTEMBER 2007
Artists selected for Phase B should send their works (at their own cost)
together with completed entry form to the address shown in the end of
We suggest to use strong rolls for packing. Prints must be sent unframed
and without mounts. Signing the entry form means that the artist accepts
If the works do not arrive on time, the artist cannot take part in the
If any damage is found on receiving the prints, the artist will be notified.
3-dimensional works should be packed in such a way that the organisers
could return them in the same packing. Any assembly instructions should
be sent with the work.
Phase A: free of charge.
Phase B: European countries € 20; non-European countries
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania free of charge
Methods of payment will be announced to selected artists.
Grand Prix € 2500
3 Equal Prizes a € 1000.
All prize-winning works will become the property of local public entities
sponsoring such awards. GRAND PRIX and the three equal prize works will
be included in the Tallinn Print Triennials art collection in
the Art Museum of Estonia. The winner of Grand Prix will be invited
to participate with a special exhibition at the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial
The organisers will publish a colour catalogue of the Triennial and
each participating artist will receive a copy free of charge.
The works will be returned within 6 months after closing date of the
Works can also be put up for sale if so indicated on the entry form.
Authors fee should be in Euros. There will be 15 % commission
The organisers reserve the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce
the works for the purpose of publicising and recording the Triennial.
While all precautions will be taken in the handling of the works, the
organisers assume no responsibility for any damage to the prints as
the result of events beyond their control or during transportation.
If artists need more protection, they should make arrangements with
their own insurance agency.
All correspondence concerning 14th Tallinn Print Triennial should be
sent to the address:
Mrs. Mare Pedanik
14th Tallinn Print Triennial
c/o Kumu Art Museum
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1
10127 Tallinn, ESTONIA
NB! The slide jury will consider the correspondence of the works to
the topic of the Triennial while making their decisions.
For more information contact:
Mrs. Mare Pedanik Secretary of the Triennial
ph. (+372) 602 6022; fax: (372) 602 6002; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
and for further information see http://www.triennial.ee
1st Tallinn Print Triennial
was established in 1968 by Estonian artists with the support
of Latvians and Lithuanians as a counterbalance to the Moscow-dominated
official art life where monumental art, sculpture and painting had the
leading role. Prints which are easily multiplied and distributed became
an important medium for the innovative artistic ideas and alternative
2nd Tallinn Print Triennial 1971 - artists from
Moscow, Leningrad and Minsk participated as guests.
8th Tallinn Print Triennial 1989
- international for the first time. Artists from Leningrad, Finland, Poland, Canada and
Hungary participated in addition to artists from the Baltic States.
Tallinn Print Triennial was a programme
of exhibitions and events which posed the question of the heroic tradition
of prints not so much from a craft aspect but from a technological aspect.
It could even be said that it dealt with a kind of memory technology
in the context of other media technologies.
11th TALLINN PRINT TRIENNIAL had as its key word TOUCH.
TOUCH is the central exhibition of the Triennial in the Rotermanns Salt
Storage Arts Centre.
13th Tallinn Print Triennial THEME:
"Maapagu / inExile"
Where to go when strength is gone?
When the world becomes intolerable?
When we no longer agree?
Or want to?
When we are surrounded by chaos and hunger...?
What do we promise when we leave? To return as winner or well-fed or
Will anyone be waiting for us? Parents/friends/children? Homeland?
Is it better ... where we are going?
Where? Where everybody is rich and happy?
We close into ourselves from the injustice of the world?
Who will be waiting for us...?
We are in exile.