FEAGA AWARD 2016 for creativity and new inspiration

The Award for creativity and new inspiration as well as for exemplary cooperation with the art community goes to:

 Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn

 Temnikova & Kasela gallery was established in 2010 by Olga Temnikova, a graphic designer and artist with previous experience as gallery director and Indrek Kasela, a creative entrepreneur, philanthropist, cinema owner and film producer. The Gallery project emerged out of necessity to provide professional representation for established and emerging artists from the region and to intensify their international visibility.

Temnikova & Kasela is almost 6 years old, its program is international and based on dialogue between local and global. The gallery is systematically working on fostering that dialogue. The program was driven by the attempt to reflect on the current total post capitalist condition, putting it in perspective with Estonia’s political past and present, as well is to reactualise the role of gallery’s so called ‘peripheral’ location against the accepted art centres. At the same time the gallery is trying to critically analyse existing institutional patterns of production of local artistic discourse and discuss new options for career development.

The interdisciplinary program of the gallery connects artists of different generations and includes artists from the Baltic Sea region. Within the past 6 years exhibitions of several international artists such as Merlin Carpenter, Josephine Pryde, Gili Tal, Georgie Nettell, Dan Mitchell, Ed Lehan and Sophie Jung were hosted. The program is built on a dialogue with the artists and their emotional and professional preferences, making gallery openings into meetings of friends, turning Tallinn into an exciting destination for several artists that the Estonian art scene cares for.

Temnikova & Kasela gallery is a frequent fair participant. The art fair portfolio consist of events such as Liste Basel, NADA Miami and New York, Artissima Torino, Frieze New York, Cosmoscow, Viennafair and Paris Internationale. We are in a constant dialogue with our international colleagues reflecting on the topic of the dominating art market and possibilities of adopting the current conditions to smaller gallery needs.

In 2012 Kasela and Temnikova established a non-profit organisation ECADC (Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center – www.ecadc.ee), which is since then supporting Estonian Galleries, artists, curators and writers internationally. It is dealing with educating the new generation of gallerists and writers, organizing annual courses, inviting foreign specialists for research trips and building international presence for Estonian artists and galleries. ECADC has helped Estonian and Latvian collectors to join the Tate Acquisition Committee for Eastern Europe and Russia, and it has established Outset Estonia, a branch of Outset Contemporary Art Fund (www.outset.org.uk).

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