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Do abandoned places remember people?

There is nothing eternal in this world. All life is in constant motion, at the mercy of life and death. This also applies to man-made landscapes and sites as well as layers of relationships and memories attached to them. Once centers of life, areas of cultural and environmetal value, production buildings, meeting points and road networks – everything disconnects, fades away, is forgotten and grown over after a certain number of breaths in history. Memories and (sites of) memory keep on flickering for a moment like halos of stellar explosions before dying away. Name is the last to disappear.

Levers of history seem to roll over landscapes and people, lifting different areas that emerge as flowers from winter meadows before letting them fade into oblivion again. Interruption as transition, as the key to continuation that opens the doors of history and halts the natural process of nature taking over.

TAKKK’s symposium of landscape art calls for artists to discover and refresh the onetime industrial buildings and other man-made structures of Kohila-Tammiku area. Halt the natural process of change of man-made sites, draw forth the memory layers of those who know more and interrupt the disappearance of onetime landmarks from people’s memory landscapes. Artists who participate at the symposium must include local inhabitants in the realization of the installations, thus helping them to (re)discover the history of their surroundings and treasure local milieu-valued areas (areas of cultural and environmetal value). The main goals of the symposium are to connect, mediate and create a bond between the local inhabitants and genius loci and to make the area more attractive for visitors, to contribute to the creation of recreational spaces of nature tourism. Can places remember people even after the traces left by them have disappeared?

Curator Elo Liiv

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