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Marge Monko‘Don't Wind It Up, Turn It On’, 2016

Outset Estonia supported Marge Monko’s performance Don’t Wind It Up, Turn It On at the Poppositions Art Fair in Brussels from April 21 to 24, 2016.

Presented by Lugemik, Don’t Wind It Up, Turn It On is the first ever performance by the Henkel Award-winning artist Marge Monko. The work is a continuation of the time-related subject she addressed with her photo installation created for the exhibition From Explosion to Expanse at the Tartu Art Museum. In the performance two actors read excerpts from different ads for watches from the 1970s and 80s, at the same time recreating the compositions depicted on the ads with their hands. The hand choreography is filmed and displayed on a screen behind the actors. A quote from the performance:

“I’m sleek, versatile and elegant, ahead of my time. Perfect partner for a man of action. I’m performing the art of self expression, anything but obvious. In case you wish to know my future, you have only to look at my past. If you’ve looked in on the Museum of Modern Art recently, you’ve seen my face looking out at you.”

Poppositions is an alternative art fair, which took place in Brussels for the 5th time in April 2016. This edition was titled The Wrong Side and showcased 25 international projects introducing more than 50 artists, alongside an extensive (in)side programme.

MARGE MONKO (b. 1976) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia, and Ghent, Belgium. She studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts (MA 2008) and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. From 2013 to 2015 she participated in the post-academic studio programme HISK (Higher Institute for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium. In 2012 Marge received the Henkel Art Award. Her recent exhibitions include, among others: Red Dawn, Laureates 2014 exhibition. HISK, Ghent (2014); Telling Tales, Swiss and Baltic artists, Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (2014); You, Hop Gallery, Tallinn (2014); How to Wear Red, Mumok, Vienna & Tartu Art Museum (2013); Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012); and Archaeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes, Kumu Art Museum (2012).

Outset Estonia has supported two conceptually-related productions of mine. Outset’s support was essential in making them happen. The fact that there were live actors and technical complexities added to the production costs and the risks I had to take on. I was so happy when Outset decided to support my first performance and back me at this crucial time of a completely new approach in my work.

Marge Monko, artist