URBAN PARASITES / August 18-21
10 installations / different locations
This year Urban Festival UIT is turning its focus on parasitic architecture. We’ve asked both local and foreign artists to view the city from a parasite’s perspective and encouraged them to find new ways of life either the deficit or excess of space. Urban parasites have found their master organisms in narrow spaces between buildings, in abandoned factories, overgrown ponds and forgotten cinemas. Installations are scattered all over Tartu, go and find them!
photo: Gadea Burgaz
EVA MUSTONEN (EE) “Untitled (Frog Pond)”
18.–21. august 12:00–20:00
“Untitled (Frog Pond)” is basically a bird watching tower, but instead of a tower there’s a pier overlooking the legendary Tartu frog pond located between river Emajõgi and the song festival grounds. At times, the lusciously green and impossibly overgrown pond looks more like a cabbage patch than a pool, with frogs and ducks going about their daily life. The ponds’ enclosed yet fruitful and noisy internal empire is the basis for a number of texts, which wander along muggy paths, making observations and trying to bring these together with fiction and memories from (other) ponds, an unnamed restlessness and overgrowth. You can hear these texts on the pier.
Raft builder: Urmo Teekivi
Supported by: City of Tartu, Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Eva Mustonen (1986) has lately been enchanted by a DIY aesthetic and vintage items which have inspired her grand room filling installations at different exhibitions. Mustonen is inspired by personal stories which she translates into the language of objects, handicraft and short stories. Recurring themes are home and handicraft (and their meaning), the experience of being a woman and the behind the scenes of making art.
Mustonen has participated in exhibitions both in Estonia and abroad. In 2014 she was awarded the prize for the young textile artist of the year and in 2017 she won the Wiiralt stipend. She is currently living and working in Tallinn.