“Although tackling the ecological, social and economic components of the crisis is normal in art, artworks and exhibitions rarely direct attention towards their own role in the ruinous sequence of events. Therefore, we see a record of the people living in poverty, who don’t receive a cut from the profits of exhibiting the work depicting them, and artworks created from poisonous artificial materials, which warn us of the impending plastic dystopia,” writes Siim Preiman in the text accompanying the exhibition.
The value of each artwork or event certainly cannot be judged based on its ecological footprint alone nor indeed on its social impact, but we can judge the ethical balance between the form and content of a single artwork. The exhibition “The Art of Being Good” offers alternative ways to continue vital (art) practices in a stressful informationally polluted contemporary situation. The artists participating in this exhibition work with very different subjects and materials using a variety of methods. All of their work is nevertheless connected to their own values and actions as individuals.
“The Art of Being Good” is an institutional attempt to find an ethically suitable platform for tackling the burning issues, which is why this time we have excluded all the single use components of the standard recipe for a contemporary art exhibition and have only used the material found at the venue, and as little of that as possible.
The 2019 exhibition programme at Tallinn Art Hall directs special attention towards the possibility of being good and ecologically responsible in the circumstances of certain ruin. Five exhibitions congregate around these themes, of which “The Art of Being Good” is the third. The previous exhibitions were Taavi Suisalu’s “Ocean Botlights” at the City Gallery and Britta Benno’s “Dystopic Tallinn” at the Art Hall Gallery. The curator of this series of exhibitions is Siim Preiman.