Thomas Broomé

Silent Revolution

31.07–09.09 2012, Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia

From Press Release:

Tallinn International Drawing Triennial “Vaikne revolutsioon/Silent Revolution“, curated by Anu Juurak, expands upon the fears and hopes of today’s society and popularizes drawing in the context of contemporary art.

We live in the era of change and uncertainty. A short while ago we spoke about postmodernism dominating in the culture, liberal capitalism in the politics and economy and wellbeing in the social sphere. We have begun to comprehend that postmodernism has ended or has reached a deep crisis: the discourse of multiculturalism and identity is being shadowed by global integration; cultural relativism and deconstruction has been replaced with metamodernistic universality.

Technology has dramatically changed the way we experience reality and communicate with the world. In our minds physical distance and geographical dimension is becoming less of a barrier and a dividing line. Alongside physical space virtuality functions as shared public space that assembles, mediates and multiplies communication and information constantly in every direction making the world smaller and more accessible. Digitalized mass culture has sped up and magnified these processes massively.

The field of culture we live in is full of signs creating a new self-expression and a way to communicate. Travelling, cultural exchange and revaluation of history are not only daily topics, but also mark the important changes in the way we see the world and the adjustments we make due to it. Generally globalized sense and imagination requires a new form of art and presentation. In the context of uncertainty, drawing has become a particular favourite for artists.

The return of drawing as a free and independent medium is called “silent revolution” and it started in the 1960's when the discourse of planning, designing and then finishing (into a “real” medium) the artwork was overthrown. This change placed drawing as a medium in the midpoint of artwork and deconstruction of exhibiting, showing a new way how art could be understood. In drawing, artists have always valued the process and the fact that it is never finished.

Nowadays we approach art as a process of thinking and value the privacy and subjectivity in it. Art is experimental and analytical and it involves multifaceted culture, genres and forms of media. One social viewpoint, material or language is interpreted to another investigating the meanings behind iconic images and commenting political media events.

We live in the times of change and uncertainty. Exhibition “Silent Revolution” deals with the acknowledgment of hopes and fears on a personal level as well as in society where it is analyzing and demystifying the psychological and semiotic mechanisms.

The curator has used the titles „Hell“ (1930-32), „Melancholia“ (1933) and „Young Arab“ (1940) of Estonian most famous drawer and cosmopolitan world citizen Eduard Wiiralt's works' as a metaphor to exteriorize various themes featured in the exhibition. Hopefully the given timeline will help the viewer to understand the novelty as well as universality of the happening processes.
/Curator, Anu Juurak

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