243 E 34th Street
New York, NY 10016
For Performa 17 biennial Estonian artist Flo Kasearu will engage the New York Estonian House as part of Ainult liikmetele (Members Only), a site-specific project on the American Estonian diaspora and current members of the House, taking place in all of the 10 different rooms of this three-story Beaux-Arts building in Manhattan’s Murray Hill. The Estonian House parallels Kasearu’s beloved “Flo Kasearu House Museum” in Tallinn, in which the artist has turned her family’s home and personal living space into a public museum. Ainult liikmetele (Members Only) will provide a new narrative for the Estonian House filled with humor and absurdity, based on its past and possible future, while providing new insights into the complexity of national identity. Familiar settings are rearranged, new objects are added and visual elements highlight specific practices. While several characters occupy the rooms, Kasearu and Kadri Sepp, the manager of The Estonian House New York, will lead the tours.
Flo Kasearu (1985) uses a variety of mediums, including video, sculpture, performance, drawing, and photography. Her practice is united, not by an aesthetic style but by a tone: her work brings a humorous and absurdist point of view to even the most serious of subjects. Known for working beyond the space of the gallery, one of her biggest projects is the “Flo Kasearu House Museum” in which, since the summer of 2013, she has turned her own living space into a museum.
Image credit: Flo Kasearu, View to Flo Kasearu's House Museum. Photo by Martin Ahven
Organzied by Esa Nickle and Maaike Gouwenberg, with Estonian Curatorial Fellow Evelyn Raudsepp. Co-presented by Performa and the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center. Supported by Performa Commissioning Fund and Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, Estonian House New York.