Join us for an evening of short films by Estonian artist Taavi Talve. Taavi is the 2023 recipient of The Nordic Artist Exchange, a residency between Hamilton and Estonian artists founded by The Cotton Factory in partnership with Hamilton Arts Council and The Estonian Artist Association.
Wednesday October 25
7:00 pm Doors Open at 6:30 pm.
The Cotton Factory
270 Sherman Ave North
The Storehouse - Studio 246
Please enter through the Sherman Ave Entrance.
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Taavi Talve (1970) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He is a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Arts and currently holds the position of associate professor of Sculpture and Installation department there. Since 2005, Talve has been a member of the artist group Johnson and Johnson, pursued a solo career and participated in various collaborations.
His recent works on film are based on research connecting events of the past to the present and with the artist himself. These subjective observations blend the factual with the fictitious and the documented with the imaginary.
Blind Spot / 12 min
Blind Spot is a quest to find what scarce traces remain of Epp Kotkas, an Estonian artist who was active in the experimental dance scene of New York in the 60s and 70s. Talve combines fact and fiction to tell the story of an artist who was not known in her home country. What you witness is an essayistic memory that attempts to reconstruct an unrecorded past.
The World to Come / 5 min
“The World to Come” combines a Hassidic story about the future world and a street scene in front of the Apollo Theater in New York City.
Documented Points of View / 13 min
“Documented Points of View” consists of travel descriptions, diary entries and reportage snippets—observations from the subjective author’s position with the narrator’s gaze framing the landscapes. The narrator’s disembodied voice is creating a different kind of subjective time-space—fictive storytellers fragmented tale, retrospective autobiography, where the lines between the visual and imaginary are blurred.