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Liina siib
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 9'28'' | Estonie | 2020
The video “25.02._26.02.” is part of Liina Siib's tragicomical installation “Huldufólk” (liinasiib.com/huldufolk-hidden-people/). “Huldufolk” means “hidden people” in Icelandic – these are supernatural beings who look and behave like normal people but have their own activities in their own parallel world. They can make themselves visible for humans who can see them through a colourful glass. The video is filmed on Sunday night and Monday morning in the streets and backyards in the centre of Reykjavik. The inspiration came from the short story “Sunday evening to Monday morning” of Ásta Sigurðardóttir (1951) who describes a journey of a drunken woman in the streets of Reykjavik and her alienation. The precise geographical location does not really matter in the video much more than perhaps recognizing longer lasting nights, cold and strong wind; depicted activities and related attributes can be found anywhere in the world. The film material has been collected in 2018 when the artist worked in the residency at The Steina and Woody Vasulka Archive at the National Gallery of Iceland.
Liina Siib has studied printmaking and photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In her artistic practice, she uses the means of film, video, photography and installation. Liina Siib is intrigued by various manifestations of people's everyday practices and social space. Her works deal with characters, spaces and situations that tend to go unnoticed due to their ordinariness or are silenced or ignored. Siib combines her field observations with archival sources, historical accounts and various narratives circulating in the society as well as with psychoanalytic approaches and contemporary art and film theories. Liina Siib has held personal exhibitions in Estonia, Germany, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland and Latvia. In 2011 her art project “A Woman Takes Little Space“ represented Estonia at the 54th Venice Art Biennale. Her recent exhibition and film projects include Linda Vilde Museum at the E. Vilde Museum in Tallinn (2021), Huldufólk / Hidden People, Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn (2020), Politics of Paradise, Tallinn Art Hall (2019), RIBOCA1 Riga Biennial (2018), Urban Symphony in E-minor, Sinne Gallery, Helsinki (2018). Since 2015, she works as the head and professor in the department of Graphic art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Full CV at: liinasiib.com/biography/