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Edith Karlson, Short Story, 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “When You Say We Belong to the Light We Belong to the Thunder.”

Edith Karlson, Short Story, 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “When You Say We Belong to the Light We Belong to the Thunder.”

“When You Say We Belong to the Light We Belong to the Thunder”

Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM)

The group exhibition “When You Say We Belong to the Light We Belong to the Thunder” aimed to interrogate the sense of anxiety that currently pervades social and political life, with particular reference to the contradictions inherent in the rise of nationalism at a time when a global response to the challenge of climate change is much needed yet remains elusive.

The exhibition opened with a loop of the video of Pat Benatar’s 1984 pop song “We Belong,” from which the show took its title. As the curatorial statement explains, the song’s success in the West coincided with Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of perestroika, which eventually led to Estonians openly protesting against the Soviet Union, coalescing into a large ecological movement that later became the catalyst for Estonian independence. The piece introduced the show’s interlinked themes of ecology and nationalism. Installed nearby, Edith

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