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Flo Kasearu, Väljakasvanud (Grown Out), 2013, C-print, 29 1/2 × 37 1/2". From the series “Väljakasvanud” (Grown Out), 2013.

Flo Kasearu

Zachęta National Gallery of Art

Flo Kasearu, Väljakasvanud (Grown Out), 2013, C-print, 29 1/2 × 37 1/2". From the series “Väljakasvanud” (Grown Out), 2013.

This show was a spellbinding transformation of reality into fiction, or maybe of fiction into reality. The age-old question of what’s real and what’s just imagined hardly seemed applicable. Instead, we wondered if it would be possible to salvage even a snippet of reality from the growing tide of fictions. Were we not adrift—and buoyantly, even gleefully so—on that tide, floating deeper and deeper into an invented life? This evanescence of the real—and its reemergence—was at the heart of Flo Kasearu’s exhibition “Me oleme teel” (We Are on the Way) at Zachęta Project Roomin Warsaw, the Tallinn-based artist’s first solo show outside her native Estonia.

If there were a “real” in Flo Kasearu’s art, it would be the large timber-frame house in Tallinn that was once her grandparents’ home but was later expropriated by the Communist government. After the political sea

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