2013 – 2016  Estonian Academy of Arts / Fine Arts, Photography MA

2016              Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam / Fine Arts MA /exchange studies

2009 – 2013  Estonian Academy of Arts / Photography BA

2012              Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee / Visual communication BA/ exchange studies

2008 – 2009  Estonian Academy of Arts/ foundation course in Photography



2019  Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2017  Snehta Residency, Athens, Greece 




26.01–04.08.2024 duoshow cyanoceans with Tuomas A. Laitinen,

curated by Karin Laansoo and Anna Mustonen. Kai Art Center, Tallinn


2023 Waters of Hypoxic & Once Tropic at Tütar gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

2023 Waters of Hypoxic Slime & Tropic Lime at Kogo gallery, Tartu, Estonia

2022  Filtering With Cyanobacteria, Double Binds & Other Blooms, ISSP gallery, Riga, Latvia

2021 Solo show at A Tale of A Tub, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Rotterdam

2020 Filter feeders, double binds and other silicones, Draakoni gallery, Tallinn

2017 You Know You've Become Part of the View, together with Kert Viiart, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

2017 EXHIBIT_ONSCROLL with Kert Viiart, @exhibit_onscroll


2016 WHEN YOU HAVE THE OBJECT ITSELF IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES / Piet Zwart Institute, One-night show at Piet Zwart Institute project space, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

2014 Rundum showcase: Manifesta, Kristina Õllek, part of parallel programme of Manifesta 10, Rundum artist-run space at Taiga, Moshkov pereulok 2, St.Petersburg

2014 Micro, co-exhibited with Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kulla Laas, Aap Tepper, Mari Volens, Draakoni gallery, Tallinn      

2013 I have put the picture on the wall so as to forget there was a wall, but forgetting the wall I forget the picture, too. EKA G, Tallinn




2024 Ghosts of Impossible Present, curated by Solvita Krese. State of Concept, Athens, Greece 

2024 Missing, curated by Sara Bédard-Goulet, Tartu Art House, Estonia 

2024 Dryads of Cosquer, curated by Merilin Talumaa and Justė Kostikovaitė

La Traverse gallery, Marseille, France 


2023 Breathing Through the Eyes, curated by Merilin Talumaa. L’Atlas gallery, Paris

2023 Emotional Landscapes, curated by Šelda Pukite, Arka gallery, Vilnius

2023 The Art of Adapting, curated by Triin Metsla and Madli Ehasalu, Kadrioru Kunstimuuseum, Tallinn

2023 Into the Deep. Mines of the Future. Curated by Ina Neddermeyer, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany

2023 New Visions —The Henie Onstad Triennial for Photography and New Media, curated by Susanne Østby Sæther, Inga Lāce and Reem Shadid. Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, Norway

2022 Lugemik 100 Books, curated by Indrek Sirkel, Page Not Found, The Hague, The Netherlands

2022 Growing Out? Growing Up? Contemporary Art Collecting in the Baltics, curated by Olga Temnikova, Zuzeum, Riga, Latvia

2022 Art-o-rama, represented by Foku, Marseille, France

2022 My Bitter Sweet Frankenstein Body, curated by Šelda Pukite at Titanik gallery, Turku, Finland

2022 Visage(s) d'Europe, curated by Collectif Fetart, Paris

2021 Foto Tallinn 2021, contemporary art fair, Kai Art Center, Tallinn

2021 Biotoopia, curated by Peeter Laurits, Viinistu Art Museum, Estonia

2021 Our Seas Are What We Make of Them, curated by Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Laurel Project Space, Amsterdam

2020 Ourobouros, online screening program, curated by Vanina Saracino,  Finnish Institute in Estonia

2020 Tiger in Space, curated by Vanina Saracino, Lea Vene & Marten Esko, EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia

2020 Screen Age II: Landscape, curated by Inga Bruvere in collaboration with Marie Sjøvold & Aiga Dzalbe, Riga Photography Biennial, Riga Art Space, Latvia

2020 Vello Vinn. Interreflections, curated by Elnara Taidre, KUMU, Tallinn

2019 Screen City Biennial, Ecologies – Lost, found and continued, curated by Vanina Saracino & Daniela Arriado, Stavanger, Norway

2019 Foto Tallinn, contemporary art fair, Kai Art Center, Tallinn

2019 The sky above the port was the colour of television, tuned to a dead channel. Screening curated by Vanina Saracino, organized by Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia, Artis, Tallinn

2018 25 YEARS! SHARED HISTORIES, SHARED STORIES, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

2018 Ascending from the Liquid Horizon, curated by Kati Ilves, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France

2018  [障子] SHŌJI Artists' Moving Image screening, selected by Duncan Herd, ArtnShelter, Tokyo

2018 Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens

2018 Contemporary Art from Estonia, curated by Britta von Campenhausen, European Central Bank, Frankfurt 

2018 A Brief Introduction to Physiological Anthropology, curated by Maxime Souvent, Coherent, Brussels

2018 Screen Age I : Self-Portrait, curated by Inga Brūvere in cooperation with Marie Sjøvold and Aiga Dzalbe, Riga Photography Biennial, Riga

2017 Fold by Fold the Widowed Stone Unrobes Itself, curated by Stefanie Hessler, EKKM, Tallinn

2017 IMAGE DRAIN, curated by Anthea Buys, Tallinna Art Hall

2017 For General Background See Section “What to See and Do”, p. 24, curated by Danai Giannoglou, Snehta residency, Athens

2017 POPPOSITIONS, When you have the object itself in front of your eyes /Poppositions, represented by Rundum, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, ING ART Center, Brussels

2016 TASE'16, Estonian Academy of Arts MA Grad Show, SUVA Sukavabrik, Tallinn

2016 Place Oddity, curated by Francisco Martínez and Lilli-Krõõt Repnau, EKA gallery, Tallinn

2015 Prosu(u)mer, (with Rundum) curated by David Raymond Conroy, EKKM, Tallinn      

2015 Youth as Lifestyle, curated by Marika Agu, Nele Ambos, Hanna-Liis Kont, Julia Polujanenkova. Tartu Art Museum            

2015 Las ma räägin sulle iseendast, curated by Siim Preiman, Nooruse galerii, Tartu     

2015 Rundum Tartus, Loading..100%, curated by Andres Tali, Tartu Monumentaalgalerii, Tartu    

2014 ava(tud) piirid, curated by Tiiu Parbus, Merilin Talumaa & Eda Tuulberg, (new) EKA G, Tallinn                    

2014 Näitus Kopli tüdrukutele, curated by Liina Pääsuke, Nancy Nakamura Ideaself, Tallinn

2014 Books!,  curated by Marko Mäetamm, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

2014 Side-effects II, curated by Laura Kuusk and Pascale Riou, Grenoble old museum-library, Grenoble, France

2014 Man can turn in a circle and in doing so turn towards any point at will, Raja gallery, Tallinn

2013 Lost in space, curated by Gregor Taul, Konstfack, Stockholm

2013 Rundum starting, Rundum Artist-Run Space, Tallinn

2013 Approaches, curated Anu Vahtra and Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

2013 .GIF IT SPACE, supervised by Camille Laurelli, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

2013 From the window all that could be seen was a receding gray, curated by Laura Toots, Katarsis project space, Tallinn

2012 Image and sound, space and sound /Tage der offenen Tür at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee, Berlin

2012 Ladyfest: Tartu eri, curated by Kaisa Eiche, Y-gallery, Tartu, Estonia

2012 Kopp on ees. Tampere Maja, Tartu

2011 Tallinn-Turku. Turku Arts Academy gallery, Finland

2011 Tase2011. Estonian Academy of Arts

2011 Hybridis. Gallery Metropol, Tallinn

2010 Vabandused/Excuses.  Kultuuritolm Festival in abandoned prison "Patarei", Tallinn

2010 16-18, 18.05.2010, supervised by Laura Kuusk. Moving exhibition in Tallinn

2010 YOUTH. Cafe  Noorus, Tallinn

2010 WHAT A FOTO?! Estonian Academy of Arts



2023 – 2025 3–year artist grant, Estonian Artist’s Union & Estonian Ministry of Culture

2022 Futures Photography nominee

2019 ArtProof production grant

2018 Artist grant, Cultural Endowment of Estonia

2017 WHEN YOU HAVE THE OBJECT ITSELF IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES/ Poppositions was selected at Estonian Photographic Art Fair by the international jury in collaboration with Outset Estonia for acquisition to public collection.

2016 Young Artist's Prize of Faculty of Fine Arts of Estonian Academy of Arts (MA)

2015 Adamson-Eric Young Artist Prize, with Rundum collective

2015 Culture Scholarship, Estonian Ministry of Culture

2013 Young Artist's Prize of Faculty of Fine Arts of Estonian Academy of Arts (BA)

2013 DAAD Scholarship for Summer School



Kumu, Art Museum of Estonia, Estonia

Winterthur Fotomuseum, Switzerland

European Central Bank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany

New York Public Library, New York, US

Private collections



Estonian Union of Photography Artists, since 2017

Estonian Artists' Association, since 2014

Co-founder and member of artist-run space RUNDUM, since 2013


PRESENTATIONS / TALKS (needs an update):

2019 Artist talk with  Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Foto Tallinn, Kai Art Center

2019 Het Wilde Weten Open Studios, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2018 Tri(dia)logue, artist talk at Estonian Academy of Arts Fine Arts Department open lecture series

2017 @exhibit_onscroll artist talk and instalment finissage with Kert Viiart, moderated by Aap Tepper, Rundum artist-run space

2016 Contemporary photography – the limits and materiality of the medium, moderated by Paul Kuimet. Estonian Photographic Art Fair



2016–... Visiting lecturer and tutor at Estonian Academy of Arts

2017 Assistant for Katja Novitskova, Estonian Pavillion at 57th Venice Biennale

2013 – ... RUNDUM artist-run space

2016 Curatorial selection for the Estonian Photograpic Art Fair, co-curated with Kulla Laas.

2015 Artist Jaanus Samma photographer assistant for the Estonian Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale 

2013 Artist Camille Laurelli assistant for Side Effects exhibition at EKKM

2013 Artist Paul Kuimet assistant for Köler Prize nominees exhibition at EKKM

2010 Artist Marge Monko assistant in Shaken Not Stirred



2014 Make your own press workshop with Anu Vahtra, Laura Toots, Indrek Sirkel, Brett Bloom, Brandon LaBell. Bergen Academy of Art and Design/Estonian Academy of Arts/Jutland Art Academy

2013 Lost in space workshop with Gregor Taul, Konstfack, Stockholm

2011 Doings or not circumstance-specific workshop, supervised by Laura Kuusk & Laura Toots, Muhu island, Estonia. 




2022 Filter Feeders, Double Binds and Other Silicones, published by Lugemik. Graphic design by Kert Viiart. Texts by Angeliki Tzortzakaki, Jeff Diamanti

2017 WHAT TO DO TOGETHER? Rundum artist-run space



2014 Almost a Centimeter



2018 Asceding from the Liuquid Horizon, eidted by Kati Ilves, Estonian Art Museum and Le Lieu Unique, published by CURA

2018 25 Years of Shared Histories, Winterthur Fotomuseum

2018 Contemporary Art From Estonia, European Central Bank

2014 Side effects, Le Syndrome Stenhal

2013 Lost in space, edited by Gregor Taul



2018 How We See: Photobooks by Women, edited by Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich, 

 and Michael Lang, published by 10x10 Photobooks

2017 Too good to be photographed, Paul Paper, published by Lugemik

2017 Visual essay @exhibit_onscroll. Estonian Art, 1/2017

2017 Artists' Spaces, edited by Merilin Talumaa & Annika Toots

2014 Uus Materjal, art project/magazine

2014 ARTGUIDE, Manifesta 10.Special Issue

2013 Kaamos. Eesti mood täna, edited by Tanel Veenre

2012 MAJA, Estonian architectural magazine, 1/2012

2012 16, magazine

2011 MOOD, Fashion Design department magazine, Estonian Academy of Arts     /pages 60-65 :

2011 WORK IN PROCESS, Photography department of the Estonian Academy of Arts

2011 ABC of making an exhibition, Photography department of the Estonian Aademy of Arts

2011 ERKI FASHIONSHOW 2011 catalogue



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