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14th Tallinn Print Triennial

Political and Poetical
17 October – 27 November 2007
Kumu Art Museum
Tallinn Art Hall
Gallery of the Tallinn Art Hall
Tallinn City Gallery  

Theme of the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial:
Political and poetical
Considering the subtitle of the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial, Political and Poetical, we are primarily interested in a graphic expression that would join the two ways of existence, at first glance contradictory, which are nevertheless typical of graphic arts. There is no reason to have any doubts about the historically political function of graphic art, or about its poetic and intimate dimension induced by its printing technology. Having been a go-between media from the start, the canons and rigid rules of the ‘high art’ touched the graphic art somewhat less, which created conditions for individual and liberal self-expression. Graphic art offered analogous, but essentially different dimension of freedom in spreading ideas also as a political medium.
Therefore – what kind of ‘semantic relocation’ is evoked by introducing political texts in poetic form? When does the poetical become political, and the other way round? Does dealing with print-based political propaganda constitute romantic self-deception, microscopic resistance, serious political work, poetic self-expression or all these rolled together? What influence does a poetically-clad political message have? What kind of tricks does the art of printing in that context still have in store? Regulations:
The 14th Tallinn Print Triennial presents works of visual art that were produced using mechanical or digital reproduction or printing technologies, produced in 2004–2007 on the topic of Political and Poetical.
We expect individual works or series (measurements and number is not limited) that would not cover more than 10 sq m of wall space.
The council of the Triennial has the right to invite artists also outside the competition.

The selection of works consists of two phases:
Phase A – Sending digital material or slides
DEADLINE: 2 April 2007 1. Images sent by e-mail or on CDs (PC, JPEG, 72 dpi, longer side 20 cm) should be sent together with completed entry form (downloaded from to the e-mail address: or to the address shown in the end of the regulations.
Those artists selected for Phase B are asked to send later also CDs with PC images for printing the catalogue (PC, TIFF or JPEG, 300 dpi, RGB, longer side 20 cm)
2. Images sent on slides:
Slide image
35 mm slides in 5 x 5 cm mounts (on which should be written the name of the artist, country, the title of the work, year and the number of the slide) should be sent together with the completed entry form to the address shown in the end of the regulations.

International jury selects artists from Phase A for Phase B – to participate in the 14th Tallinn Print Triennial.
Slides and CDs of the works will not be returned.Phase B – selected artists
Artists selected for Phase B should send their works (at their own cost) together with completed entry form to the address shown in the end of the regulations.
We suggest to use strong rolls for packing. Prints must be sent unframed and without mounts. Signing the entry form means that the artist accepts the regulations.
If the works do not arrive on time, the artist cannot take part in the Triennial.
If any damage is found on receiving the prints, the artist will be notified.
3-dimensional works should be packed in such a way that the organisers could return them in the same packing. Any assembly instructions should be sent with the work.
Participation fee:
Phase A: free of charge.
Phase B: European countries – € 20; non-European countries – € 30
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania –free of charge
Methods of payment will be announced to selected artists.
Grand Prix – € 2500
3 Equal Prizes – a’ € 1000.
Purchase prizes.
All prize-winning works will become the property of local public entities sponsoring such awards. GRAND PRIX and the three equal prize works will be included in the Tallinn Print Triennial’s art collection in the Art Museum of Estonia. The winner of Grand Prix will be invited to participate with a special exhibition at the 15th Tallinn Print Triennial in 2010.
The organisers will publish a colour catalogue of the Triennial and each participating artist will receive a copy free of charge.
General information:
The works will be returned within 6 months after closing date of the exhibition.
Works can also be put up for sale if so indicated on the entry form. Author’s fee should be in Euros. There will be 15 % commission on sales.
The organisers reserve the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce the works for the purpose of publicising and recording the Triennial.
While all precautions will be taken in the handling of the works, the organisers assume no responsibility for any damage to the prints as the result of events beyond their control or during transportation. If artists need more protection, they should make arrangements with their own insurance agency.
All correspondence concerning 14th Tallinn Print Triennial should be sent to the address:
Mrs. Mare Pedanik
14th Tallinn Print Triennial
c/o Kumu Art Museum
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1
10127 Tallinn, ESTONIA
NB! The slide jury will consider the correspondence of the works to the topic of the Triennial while making their decisions.
For more information contact:
Mrs. Mare Pedanik – Secretary of the Triennial

ph. (+372) 602 6022; fax: (372) 602 6002; e-mail:
and for further information see

1st Tallinn Print Triennial was established in 1968 by Estonian artists with the support of Latvians and Lithuanians as a counterbalance to the Moscow-dominated official art life where monumental art, sculpture and painting had the leading role. Prints which are easily multiplied and distributed became an important medium for the innovative artistic ideas and alternative relations.

2nd Tallinn Print Triennial 1971 - artists from Moscow, Leningrad and Minsk participated as guests.

8th Tallinn Print Triennial 1989 - international for the first time. Artists from Leningrad, Finland, Poland, Canada and Hungary participated in addition to artists from the Baltic States.

11th Tallinn Print Triennial was a programme of exhibitions and events which posed the question of the heroic tradition of prints not so much from a craft aspect but from a technological aspect. It could even be said that it dealt with a kind of memory technology in the context of other media technologies.

11th TALLINN PRINT TRIENNIAL had as its key word TOUCH.

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TOUCH is the central exhibition of the Triennial in the Rotermann’s Salt Storage Arts Centre.

13th Tallinn Print Triennial THEME:
"Maapagu / inExile"

Where to go when strength is gone?
When the world becomes intolerable?
When we no longer agree?
Or can?
Or want to?
When we are surrounded by chaos and hunger...?
What do we promise when we leave? To return as winner or well-fed or alive?
Will anyone be waiting for us? Parents/friends/children? Homeland?
Is it better ... where we are going?
Where? Where everybody is rich and happy?
We close into ourselves from the injustice of the world?
Who will be waiting for us...?
We are in exile.

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