Hairpower

Posted on 23/07/2010

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By Maarit Murka
From Estonia
Length: 5:54
Year 2010



The other motive of hair used in the exhibition comes from the personal experience of the artist herself and indicates the intimacy of the act, and also the victim’s vulnerability and insecurity. The viewer sees videos of how the artist cuts the hair of her mother and father. Here the cutting of the hair is like a communication between people, a bodily ritual, where two sides take a part where the trust and closeness between them becomes important. The habit of letting a family member cut ones hair has been in the artist’s family for many generations. Here the question is not about superstition, but just a failure to let a stranger touch ones hair. Murka says that the emotional atmosphere that comes with this ritual is a good indicator for the entire relationship and gives the possibility to work through the relations. The artist finds that the ritual of taking care of ones body that belongs to the private sphere of a person has today been turned into a part of the beauty industry and shows no interest towards close relationships.
The third screen window that belongs to the same video projection and the paintings and installations added to it, shows what a strange objective meaning potential hair has: hair is a important and unavoidable signal of sexuality and attraction, part of identity and the securer of the “me” of a person and will bleed empty of that meaning as soon as it is separated from the body. They will become just garbage, but cut off hair can also be repulsive and make ground for black magic.

Ellu Maar
March 2010

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Maarit Murka

MAARIT MURKA Born on 02-12-81 www.murka.ee EDUCATION 2009- ... Baltic Film and Media School screenplay MA 2004- 2006 Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki painting MA 2000- 2004 Estonian Academy of Arts painting BA 1997- 2000 Old Town Educational College art department ASSOCIATIONS 2007 Estonian Artists Association 2007 Estonian Painters Association 2005 Estonian Authors` Society SOLO-EXHIBITIONS 2010 "Hairpower" Y Gallery Minsk Belarus 2010 "Hairpower" Vaal Gallery Tallinn 2009 "0.43" ArtDepoo and SooSoo Gallery Tallinn 2009 "0.43" Korjaamo Gallery Helsinki Finland 2008 "I´m an artist from post-soviet country?" Nobilis space Paris France 2007 "ART+POLITICS=POWER" ArtDepoo Gallery Tallinn 2007 "STALKER" City Gallery Tallinn 2007 "Fotofobia" Patarei prison Tallinn 2007 "The new beginning" Draakon Gallery Tallinn 2006 "Wake up!" ArtDepoo Tallinn 2005 "The truth is out there" Vaal Gallery Tallinn 2003 "Estonian boy. Estonian girl" (with Tõnis Saadoja) Vaal Gallery Tallinn GROUP-EXHIBITIONS 2010 "The Sovereign Art Foundation Exhibition" Barbican Centre London UK 2010 "Festival Internazionale del Cinema d`Arte - IXth edition" Bergamo Italy 2010 "MAGMART, THE BEST OF" Naples Italy 2010 "Deflection being. 21 century art from the collection of Tartu Art Museum" Tartu Art Museum 2009 "Note" Võru City Gallery 2009 "Sleepwalkers - Black Nights Film Festival" Estonia 2009 "AsoloArtFilmFestival XXVIII edition" Naples Italy 2009 "II Festival International de Videoarte Decamaguey" Decamaguey Cuba 2009 "Souveniers from earth" international Cable TV station 2009 "Vilnius Art Fair" ArtDepoo Gallery Vilnius Lithuania 2009 "Self-portraits. Poses and diagnosis" KUMU Art Museum Estonia 2009 "MAGMART - video under volcano" Naples Italy 2009 "IGVFest" Dublin Ireland 2009 "CDH - 2009" Moscow Russia 2009 "Sarajevo Winter Festival" Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina 2009 "Life 69" Rakvere Estonia 2008 "The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition" Agora Gallery Chelsea New York U.S.A 2008 "Baltic Biennale 2008" Manege Sankt-Peterburg 2008 "Place, that moves" KUMU Art Museum Estonia 2008 "Nord Art `08" Rendsburg Germany 2008 "Perfect ring" ArtDepoo Tallinn 2008 "Roll Up Art" Bucharest Romania 2008 "3rd AAW International Youth Salon" Atelier of Alexandria Egipt 2008 "Liberty Square" Art Hall Tallinn 2007 "Estonian landscape `07" Tartu Tigu tower 2007 "ArtDepoo highlights-estonian young painting vol.1" ArtDepoo Tallinn 2007 "Tartu.University and painting school" Artists House Tartu 2007 "JCE 2007" Montrouge France 2007 "Body changing" ArtDepoo Tallinn 2007 "Nord Art `07" Rendsburg Germany 2007 "New Wave" Tallinn Art Hall 2006 "Spring exhibition" Helsinki Art Hall 2005 "Zielpunkt" ArtDepoo Tallinn 2005 "New Estonian art" Art Centre "Kannel" Võru 2005 "Identities" Tallinn Art Hall Estonia 2004 "Here, but not now" Picture Gallery Kaunas Lithuania 2004 " Notes about paintings. Estonian and Lithuanian young art" Vaal Gallery Tallinn 2004 " Lets go" Salt Storage Tallinn 2004 "Ich bin ein Maler" Tallinn Art Hall 2003 "Inevitable to live at the same time" Estonian Art Museum 2001 "Real realism" Tallinn Art Hall PRIZES 2008 Sankt-Peterburg I Baltic Biennale prize 2005 Vaal Gallery art prize PUBLIFICATIONS 2007 "Pärnu in estonian art" Andra Orn and Anneli Lepp 2005 "22+ Estonian young artists" Karin Laansoo COLLECTIONS Tartu Art Museum Private collections - in Estonia Latvia Finland Sweden France Hungary Italy