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Peeter Laurits's exhibition "Outing"

On Monday, April 9, 2018, at 5 p.m., Peeter Laurits will open his personal exhibition "Outing" at the Gallery Draakon. The exhibition will remain open until April 28, 2018.

Peeter Laurits: "The exhibition "Outing" is looking at a human being who has got into an unknown location in an unexpected role. Or, is looking through a human being, is looking as a human being at this strange environment, the virtuality consisting of ghostly bio-networks that grow in the ruins of their civilization. Looking at this intelligent something who is still considering how much freedom of action is permitted to a human being.

In this memorable spring, when the solar winds shook up the World Wide Web and Wood Wide Web, people lost their foothold and coordinate axes.

Woods and data clouds, on the other hand, grew together with apparent pleasure. The new landscapes and dimensions opened up at the interconnected hyperspaces but there wasn't any right place for a human being anymore. Nobody was afraid of people anymore. There was no direct hostility, but every single digital mosquito could just joke around, land on your back and smash you. Or you discovered that something you used to take for mushroom and moss will give you the Turing test.

One had to learn again, like in an ice age, how to sit and where to go. Learn to be polite and grateful."

Peeter Laurits (born in 1962) has studied at the Tartu University and Leningrad University, the Estonian Institute of Humanities and the New York International Center of Photography.

In the eighties, Laurits focused on photography, in the 1990s his international exhibition activity began. He has worked with the Chicago Roy Boyd Gallery, Reykjavik's The Living Art Museum, the Lisbon Museu dÁgua, the London Ragged School Gallery, the Berlin Giedre Bartelt Gallery, the Groningen Pavlov Media Lab and others.

Peeter Laurits is one of the founders of the creative groups Igavesti sinu, DeStudio and Kütioru Open Atelier. The most significant exhibitions are DeStudio's Diseases & Metamorphoses (1993), Birthday of Eternity (2001), The Flood (2002), Dining with Worms (2003), The Fifth Season (2007), Logos & Mythos (2013), Codex naturalis (2015).

Peeter Laurits's works are in many public and private collections, such as the Art Museum of Estonia, the Tartu Art Museum, the Norton Dodge collection in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia Colledge, Chicago, KIASMA in Helsinki, the Museu D'Agua in Lisbon, the Siddhartha Art Foundation Kathmandu and more.

His monumental works have been commissioned for public space. In 2017/2018 he was invited to be a visiting professor of liberal arts at the University of Tartu.

The exhibition is supported by the Endowment for Audiovisual Art of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Exhibitions at the Gallery Draakon are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia.