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Hi and ByeThe Estonian Pavilion – 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

Kris Lemsalu - Hi and Bye
Catalogue of the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale.
“The work of Kris Lemsalu is pagan and it's punk and it's hers and it's ours... It's the lightning of heaven and the volcanic heat in the abyssal ocean. It's the carnival of objects Frankensteined together into concoctions as fragile as life itself. It's life.”––Andrew Berardini

This book offers a peek into Lemsalu's explorations in art and life, which in her case are inseparable. The rich visual material, selected by the artist herself, ranges from exhibition views; to analog photos of the artist, her friends, and her collaborators; to her everyday work at the studio; to the wild parties she attends. Essays by Los Angeles–based writer Andrew Berardini and Estonian curator and writer Tamara Luuk overview Lemsalu's oeuvre with a particular focus on BIRTH V: Hi and Bye, her biggest project yet, which was co-published by Mousse Publishing and the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art and produced for the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Estonian Pavilion at the 58th International Exhibition of visual arts – La Biennale di Venezia, from May 11 to November 24, 2019.
Kris Lemsalu (born 1985 in Tallinn, Estonia, lives and works in Vienna and Tallinn) creates mixed-media sculptures, installations and performances with unexpected materials. Lemsalu's pieces evoke the bestial side of human beings and civilizations and are often underscored by feminist themes. Lemsalu has shown at Goldsmiths CCA, London (2018), Secession,Vienna (2018), as part of Performa 17, New York (2017), DRAF Performance Night, London (2017), Bunshitu Gallery, Tokyo (2015), Ferdinand Bauman Gallery, Prague (2015).
Edited by Maria Arusoo and Kris Lemsalu.
Texts by Andrew Berardini and Tamara Luuk.

Published with CCA – Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art.
published in March 2020
English edition
21,5 x 28 cm (softcover)
176 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-6749-395-1
EAN : 9788867493951
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