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Hanna Samoson. Magic is sometimes very close to nothing at all

Curator: Siim Preiman

Can one activity be both its own trigger and end result? How to become feather light and give up everything excessive? Artist Hanna Samoson seems to be in constant motion. Bystanders may not be able to understand whether this movement is restless or, rather, calming. For example, she once walked through the entire route of Rail Baltic; another time she attempted to visit all 2,222 islands in Estonia. On this occasion, Samoson takes visitors on a journey that conditionally reflects the year in her life before the exhibition. One by one, she tackles her connections with her family, the media, health, spirit and everything else that keeps her tethered to this world. Starting with renunciation and ending with reconciliation, she seeks a certain ascetic abundance with the help of invited fellow artists – a state where nothing is redundant yet nothing is lacking.

Hanna Samoson (1987) explores the boundaries of art and tries to perceive the unknown. Being in constant motion as an intuitive creator, her work is characterised by quick and spontaneous decisions. She studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts and graduated from the FAMU Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2021. In the autumn of 2020 she walked the future route of Rail Baltic from Ikla to Tallinn as an endurance art performance. Among her latest shows are group exhibitions Pine-fulness at Tallinn City Gallery (2021) and Vana-Võromaa Cultural Centre (2022) and Runner Along the Border, Rat Catcher and Bricklayer at the Art Hall Gallery (2022).