Two men lifting a women wearing balloons.

Via Baltic

Landscape of the Viru Raba forest in Estonia.

Featuring: Niña Yhared, Temuri Hvingija

Presented by

OKAPI Gallery

 

Curated by

Temuri Hvingija

Via Baltic is a collaborative work of photography, film, and performance art produced by OKAPI Gallery of Tallinn, Estonia.

The contemporary art work is inspired by The Baltic Way, a historic human chain that formed on 23 August 1989, as 2.5 million people from the Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, joined hands in peaceful protest to declare their freedom from the Soviet Union. This exhibition consists of a film, and black and white photographic images shot with drones that flew over the landscape of the Viru Raba forest in Estonia.

The Via Baltic project raises the questions of nationality, freedom, borders, and migration, while also celebrating 101 years of Baltic national history.

The centerpiece of the Via Balticphotographs and film, are the spectacular aerial views of the Estonian landscape made by drones five hundred meters from the ground, meant to inspire conversations about freedom, the body, geographies, and liminal borders.

ARTIST BIO

Niña Yhared is a Doctor of Visual Arts, titled with honorable mention in 2017 from the Faculty of Arts and Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico, for her research entitled Feminine Migrations. She is performance artist and researcher from Mexico City whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally. She is a specialist in visual contemporary art and performance art. Since 2017, her artwork is represented by OKAPI Gallery in Tallinn, Estonia.

OKAPI produced Via Baltic, a film, photography, and performance exhibition at Art Vilnius 2018, which was also supported by a grant from the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA), of Mexico.

In 2017 Niña’s Via Baltic, solo show opened at Pärnu Liinaagaleriii in Tallinn, and at OKAPI Gallery, coinciding with Tallinn Music Week. In 2016, she participated in Konstfestival MOMENT, in Åland Mariehamn, Finland, at Tallinn Art Week in Pärnu, Estonia and Riga, Latvia, with Diverse Universe festival and with the international group NON GRATA.

Niña Yhared has acted in over two hundred performances in México, the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Argentina. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving, La Esmeralda, at the National of Institute of Fine Arts and Literature. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

ORGANIZATION BIO

OKAPI is a modern art and design gallery in the Old Town of Tallinn, established in 2013. The gallery focuses on glass and photographic art. OKAPI features a wide selection of locally made, Estonian glass art and design, photography, and graphic art.

The gallery operates as a nonprofit organization, offering exhibition space for photography and glass artwork. OKAPI works with a diverse group of artists who are devoted to their art and their mediums. In addition to promoting locally, OKAPI actively represents artists abroad, offering them a variety of international collaborations to help expand the artists’ network.

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