Eleny Kasemets

Migratory birds

Solo exhibition, Jää-äär, Berlin 2015

I never thought I would take a stand up against politics through my arts but as I believe that art can make a difference and draw more attention to a painful subjects in society I decided to put my view on canvas. In Migratory Birds, my first solo exhibition in Berlin, I showcased a series of small format oil paintings.

Migratory birds

Estonians are heatedly debating the issue of refugees. It’s a heavy cloud of questions that has been hanging over our heads for some time. Not all of us are welcoming them with an open door and an open heart. Evolving and changing go together and we yearn to become better, but we fear changes. However, refugees fear changes as well. Every wall of security they had was demolished a long time ago and they have been forced to let the wind guide them to a friendlier place. It was just a moment ago when we ourselves thankfully breathed free air at the other side of the iron curtain. So, it’s terribly ironic that once we have the power to shut the doors of our small, squared boxes, we do. No one of us is made of one colour, no one is cut from the same cloth. We are all just as delicate and hoping to stay untorn.

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015

Migratory birds

Oil on canvas
2015