New Year’s Boy

Installation and performance exhibited at “The State is not a Work of Art”, curated by Katerina Gregos, Tallinn Art Hall
17 February – 29 April 2018

New Year’s Boy examines the constructed nature of folk culture, focusing on a marginal tradition that has long since subsided from the collective memory of Estonians. New Year’s Boy is inspired by a photograph of a young man wearing a straw costume taken in 1935 at the atelier of the brothers Parikas. It belongs to a series of staged ethnographic photographs that were commissioned by August Pulst, a folk culture activist of the interwar period, and sold as postcards to raise money for the Tori Museum, a small county museum he had established in 1934 for the preservation of Estonian national heritage.

More info:
Tallinn Art Hall website

Photos by Karel Koplimets and Kristina Õllek