Mark Raidpere

Ars Fennica 2008

Mark Raidpere (1975) has been active in the field of photography and video art for the past 10 years, which includes representing Estonia at the Venice Biennale in 2005. The focus of his work has changed and expanded over time. After the traumatic and detailed examination of himself and his family history the artist’s horizon has expanded and his stance has become more distanced. Nevertheless, Raidpere’s work still carries shifts and conflicts between the poetic and pragmatic, figurative and physical, role perception and reality.

Anu Allas

b. 23. 8. 1975

2000-03 Tallinn Pedagogical University, film studies
1993 Tallinn School of Communications, photography

Mark Raidpere. Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France (March-June)
Mark Raidpere. Screening program. Kunsthalle Wien

Sven Johne | Mark Raidpere. Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli, Italy
International. Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
Andrey/Andris. Gallery Potocka, Krakow, Poland
Alles. City Gallery Art Hall, Pärnu, Estonia

5 Works. Vilnius CAC, Vilnius
5 Works. Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn
Videos. Platform Garanti CAC, Istanbul, Turkey
Shifting Focus. Tramway, Project Room, Glasgow, UK
Vidéos. Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
5 Works. Hansabank Art Award exhibition, Gallery Noass, Riga

Videos. City Gallery, Tallinn
Isolator. Estonian exhibition at the 51st Venice Biennale, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, Italy
Ene-Liis Semper | Mark Raidpere. Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Tallinn. House of the Blackheads´ Guild, Tallinn

Jeu à 4 mains. Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn, together with Ene-Liis Semper
Portraits. Vaal Gallery, Tallinn

Io. Vaal Gallery, Tallinn

Everywhere. From Discrimination and Stigma to the Queer Years.Santiago de Compostela, Spain (May – Sept.)
Windows Upon Oceans – 8th Baltic Biennial of Contemporary Art. Dystopian Realms – Idyllic Meadows. Museum of Contemporary Art, Szczecin, Poland (May – July)
The Space Between. Gävle konstcentrum, Sweden

Ars Fennica 2008: Maria Duncker, Tea Mäkipää, Katrina Neiburga, Mark Raipere & Seppo Renvall
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
Estonian Art Museum KUMU, Tallinn

record, record. Shift Festival, Basel, Switzerland
The Greenroom: Reconsidering the Documentary and Contemporary Art. Hessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Action Field Kodra. Camp Kodra, Thessaloniki, Greece
L´Homme Marveilleux. Chateau de Malbrouck, Manderen, France
Borderlives. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Helsinki, St. Petersburg und Tallinn. Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany
North by North-East: The Continental Unconscious. Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
The Space Between. Museum Anna Nordlander, Skellefteå, Sweden

Body of Evidence: Imprisonment. CAC Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Ich war hier – Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus Estland. Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin
Perspektive 07. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, Germany
Enclaves d’Europe. Centre culturel suisse, Paris
The Word and the Image. Russian Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow
Progressive Nostalgia. Centro Pecci, Prato, Italy
Baltic Mythologies. Prague Biennial
Prison. Bloomberg SPACE, London
Portraits. Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
Rotterdam Film Festival. Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Crime & Punishment. Tallinn Art Hall
Knowing You, Knowing Me. Camera Austria, Graz, Austria
ARS 06. Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Videoart from the Baltics. Scene: Estland, Lettland, Litauen.Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany
Face the Unexpected. Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
Don Quijote. Witte de With, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Arte Fuori Uso. Metaphysics of Youth. Ex Cofa, Pescara, Italy
Oberhausen Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany
Stage of Life – Rhetorics of Emotions. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München, Germany
Carnets du sous-sol. Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
1:1. PM Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia

Home Sweet Home. Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn
Generations. Lithuania
Pilot 2. Farmiloe Building, London
Identities. Annual exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association, Tallinn Art Hall

Similar Spaces. House of Commons, London; European Commission, Brussels
Emotion Eins. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany

Kapital. The Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Moscow Art Fair
The Last Hero. Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn
(un)dressed. Body in the Baltic Photo Art. Vol. 2. Giedre Bartelt Gallery, Berlin

Closing the Distance. Gdansk, Poland

go Europe. The Kaleidoscopic Eye. Braunschweig, Germany
Sybaris. Szczecin, Poland

Red. House of the Blackheads´ Guild, Tallinn

M. O. O. D. Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn
Together Again? Århus, Denmark
Ars Baltica. Can You Hear Me. Kiel, Dresden, Rostock and Leipzig, Germany; Odense, Denmark; Vilnius; Gdansk, Poland; Helsinki; Bergen, Norway; Stockholm

Persona. Rotermann Salt Storage, Tallinn

2003 Opera. Piano: Rein Rannap, Estonia Theatre concert hall, Tallinn – video
2003 Mandragora. Dir. Jaanus Rohumaa, Linnateater theatre, Tallinn – photographs & videos
2002 Fluxus. Dir. Teet Kask, Vanemuine theatre, Tartu, Estonia – photographs & videos

Eugenio Viola: Sven Johne/Mark Raidpere. Fondazione Morra Greco. Flash Art. Edizione Italiana No. 273. Dic. 2008-Gen. 2009
Elda Oreto: Stato e famiglia crollano il segreto è un´isola felice.La Repubblica 15 09.2008
Anu Allas: After the Isolator: Voices and Talks. Ars Fennica 2008: Maria Duncker, Tea Mäkipää, Katrina Neiburga, Mark Raipere & Seppo Renvall. Catalogue, 2008
Philippe Dagen: Les vidéos familiales et politiques de Raidpere.Le Monde, 13. 09. 2008
Hanno Soans: The Shifting Focus of Self-Portraits – Answers Re-Dubbed as Questions. Artists of Estonia 3. 2008
Jörg Heiser: Up Close and Personal. Frieze, May 2007
Maren Lübbke-Tidow: Nearness and Distance. Camera Austria International, No. 97, 2007
Ahu Antmen: Mark Raidpere – Platform Garanti. Flash Art International, No. 252, 2007
Jack Mottram: Loaded and shooting at home truths. The Herald, 27.10.2006
Gekwelde dameskunst wint het van het experiment. De Volkskrant, 16.6.2005
Philippe Dagen: La Biennale de Venise dans une actualité cruelle.Le Monde, 16.6.2005
Isolator. Estonian Exhibition at the 51. Venice Biennial. Catalogue, 2005

Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn
Art Museum of Tartu, Estonia
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Fonds National d´Art Contemporain, Paris
Galerie Michel Rein, Paris
La Gaia collection, Italy
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, Germany
Museu d’art Contemporani de Barcelona – MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Domaine de Chamarande, France
LVMH, Paris
Neuflize Vie, Paris

2008 Ars Fennica, Finland
2008 Prix Gilles Dusein/Neuflize Vie, France
2008 LOOP´08 Video Art Fair. First Prize, Prize Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
2005 Hansabank Art Award, Estonia
1998 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, annual award

2008, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki, Greece
2007 IASPIS, Stockholm

Hou Hanru


Mark Raidpere, born in 1975 in Estonia, has shown a persistent and consistent search of the dynamic relationship between the evolution of self-identity and social events in the time of post-cold war transition. His work, utilising video as the main medium, penetrates and explores the psychological states of those living in our time of radical social change. Often putting himself, his family and entourage in the centre of his research and representation, Raidpere reveals with extraordinary sensitivity and efficiency the profound contradiction and dilemma that everyone is living and negotiating with in everyday life. Starting from this intimate relationship, he brings his observation and testimony further to the social terrain: people on the edge of the society, urban violence and street life, etc. are also important subject matters in his artistic endeavour. Through the artist’s particular manipulation of the video camera characterised by an articulation of simplicity, stillness and objectivity, human traumas and social dramas hidden behind the uncertainty of the everyday and difficulty of communication are powerfully exposed to the public gaze. This kind of uncanny state of existence, resulted from drastic social changes, is increasingly becoming the condition of contemporary humanity. This tendency is particularly visible and intense in societies like the ex-Soviet, Baltic countries in permanent quests of identity and coherence in the turbulence of the “revolution” from communist system to liberal capitalist globalisation. Raidpere, grown up in the midst of such a “revolution”, successfully grasps this sentiment in his art work and defuses it in the ambience of the exhibition space. The audience is moved by Raidpere’s seemingly simple presentation and inescapably immerged in puzzling, sometimes funny, but definitely unforgettable state of mind… We are all living in the same turbulence, indeed.