Karel Koplimets (1986) is an Estonian visual artist based in Tallinn. He has an MA in Photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts (2013) and is a member of the artist collective Visible Solutions LLC. Koplimets has participated in various exhibitions in Estonia and abroad, and his works have been included in public collections in Estonia (e.g. Art Museum of Estonia) and in Europe (e.g. Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland). Some of his recent exhibition projects include RIBOCA – Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Latvia), There and Back Again at Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland) and Work it, feel it! at Kunsthalle Wien (Austria).
Project Case No 11. TALSINKI is a work that embodies two tightly connected parts. The first part unfolds the topic of Estonian pendulum workers who are working in Finland but who continue to live in Estonia or have some other relation to the homeland that requires constant traveling between Tallinn and Helsinki. The second part deals with the Finnish people who are transporting a great amount of cheap liquor and other commodities overseas. This phenomenon could also be described as a kind of economical exchange – on the one hand, the Finnish construction market relies on Estonian builders and on the other, the Finns are stimulating the Estonian economy by paying excise tax.