Affordable, hygienic and convenient. Everyone wears T-shirts regardless of their cultural background, gender, ethnicity and income. Unisex T-shirts are often considered one of the most utilitarian pieces of clothing because they are very ambivalent compared to other everyday cultural objects – ordinary yet prominent, cheap yet costly, boring yet interesting, democratic yet dominant, sustainable yet destructive. This exhibition deals with the multifaceted set of problems in modern society manifested in this simple everyday garment.
Sten Ojavee is a curator at the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art, who mainly focuses on identity politics and the role, meaning and use of clothing in modern society. He has studied art history (BA) at the Estonian Academy of Arts and cultural theory and philosophy (MA) at Tallinn University. His recent projects include A-tishoo, A-tishoo, We All Fall Down at the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (co-curator, 2019) and the VI Artishok Biennale in the former waiting hall of Tallinn’s main railway station, Balti jaam (2018).
Siim Preiman is a curator at Tallinn Art Hall, whose curatorial projects explore the potential role of art in resisting global forces, focusing on the ethics of artmaking and stories that do not receive much coverage in our society. Preiman studied art history at the Estonian Academy of Arts. His recent curatorial projects include Maria Kapajeva’s When the World Blows Up, I Hope To Go Down Dancing at the Art Hall Gallery (2020), the duo exhibition of Mihkel Ilus and Paul Kuimet, Endless Story (2020) and the international group exhibition The Art of Being Good (2019), both at Tallinn Art Hall.
The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Estonian Centre for Contemporary Art.
The 2021 exhibition programme of Tallinn Art Hall deals, among other things, with the human body and its extreme states. At one end of the spectrum there is a prenatal body without name, gender or role. At the other end there is a socially networked body already burdened with expectations, responsibilities and restrictions. Placed between these two extremes, the satellite show of the Spring Exhibition, I Am, and I Speak, Sten Ojavee and Siim Preiman’s curatorial project Wearing a Hundred Shirts and Üüve-Lydia Toompere and Siim Tõniste’s durational performance Are You Performing Yourself? all use different methods to seek a reconciliation between the two.