Anu Põder

Haprus On Vaprus. Be Fragile! Be Brave!


28 x 22 cm   (10.9 x 8.6 in)

Published by Estonian Art Museum, Kumu Art Museum


Language: Estonian and English

Pages: 142


The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at Kumu Art Museum (17.03.–06.08.2017). AnuPõder (1947–2013) was one of the most fascinating artists in contemporary Estonian sculpture and installation art. Starting her career in the 1970s, her work mostly dealt with family life, internal struggles and the emotional realm, framed by the constraining norms and taboos of the Soviet regime. Thanks to Anu Põder’s artistic position we can see clearly the effect social development had on the life and options of an individual, how each person became someone else’s context. Unlike her peers, Põder used ephemeral materials: textile, wax, plaster, soap, epoxy, plastic, and wood, and used herself as the measure of her works. Her art works even age like people; they change colour, become deformed, disintegrate, but their initial fragile nature becomes increasingly apparent and vivid over time, offering new possibilities for interpreting all of Estonia’s recent history.

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