Sigrid Viir (EE, b. 1979) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. The works exhibited at Foto Tallinn form part of a series created in dialogue with fellow artist, Cloe Jancis. With an aim to document the perception of the era of isolation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Isolation Dialogues project was initiated by the Museum of Photography in spring 2020. Viir and Jancis’ photographs, miniature sculptures and installations – a synthesis of their creative visions – were accompanied by written dialogues by Maris Karjatse and Anti Saar.
Both artists acknowledge that – despite the spatial and social restrictions incurred by the novel situation – the project offered an opportunity to experiment with a new creative process characterised by freedom, unpredictability, and an exciting yet friendly sense of rivalry and outmaneuvering. Their dialogue posits humour and absurdity as possible defense mechanisms against the effects of mental and physical confinement, whilst simultaneously referring to the personal issues they encountered in everyday life. The multimedia nature of the project extends on the borders of the photographic frame, contributing alternative ways of interpreting what is depicted in the photographs.
Artist is presented by Temnikova & Kasela Gallery