Kristina Norman "After War"
Texts: Aleksandr Astrov, Andres Kurg, Marco Laimre, Kristina Norman, Airi Triisberg
Illustrations: Kristina Norman, Marco Laimre
Editor: Andreas Trossek
Design: Raul Keller
La Biennale di Venezia: 53rd International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, exposition of Estonia.
Visual artist and documentary filmmaker Kristina Norman investigates and intervenes with her immediate surroundings. She comes from a country where historical legacy is strongly affecting the present day reality. The results of the WWII known in Russia as the Great Patriotic War are interpreted differently by the two memory communitites inhabiting Estonia – the Estonian majority and the Russian minority.
Through the case-study of the so-called Bronze Soldier monument erected in the centre of Tallinn in 1947 as an obligatory element in stalinist city planning the artist explores relations of history and memory. With her artistic intervention in public space she grasped the edges of democracy and tolerance.
Kaasaegse Kunsti Eesti Keskus 2009