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Jaanika Peerna: Glacier Elegies book launch in Tallinn 4th December 2022

Jaanika Peerna: Glacier Elegies book launch in Tallinn 4th December 2022

On Saturday, December 4th at 19:00
You are welcome to join us for book launch of Jaanika Peerna’s monograph “Glacier Elegies” Külliki Tõnisson is moderating a discussion with the artist and Helo Laatspera.

Along with the book launch, Jaanika Peerna’s sculptural work “The Solitude of Thawing” will be revelaed in the black-ceilinged hall of the Writers’ House. The exhibit is part of “One Work Exhibition” series.

The book:

Much of Jaanika Peerna’s recent work is a lament to glaciers and natural ice. Her ongoing project Glacier Elegy forms the central core of this publication. The book presents an in-depth look at this iconic work, through essays, images of works and performances, and the artist’s own words. In doing so, it shows how a contemporary artist in her prime addresses the climate emergency. The book touches on ecological grief and looks at how Peerna is using the subject of ice to highlight the global climate emergency. It includes essays by Janet Passehl, Celina Jeffrey, and an interview by Joana Neves, situating Peerna’s work and envisioning how creative acts imagine ecological relations in the face of rapidly changing climates and environments, giving voice to the difficult emotions of fear, trauma, grief, and mourning. Peerna’s work offers us a way through.

Published by Terra Nova Press
Distributed by MIT Press

The Author:

Jaanika Peerna is an Estonian born artist who has lived and worked in New York since 1998. Her work is included in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe, at the National Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, and her performance Glacier Elegy was recently acquired by the Glyn Vivian Museum in the United Kingdom. Küllikki Tõnisson has been teaching art at the Collegium Educationis Revaliae art school in Tallinn. The school has been the beginning of the journey for many contemporary Estonian artists. Külliki and Jaanika met on September 1, 1990 the day they started studying art education at Tallinn University and have been in close touch ever since. Helo Laatspera is a young Tartu resident who graduated from Treffner Gymnasium last spring and is now studying medicine in her first year. She loves wild nature, distant cultures and fine arts – they inspire her to think and create. One of her biggest dreams is to travel to Antarctica one day.
Helo was the winner of the Presidential competition of speech this year.

Friday, 03.12. at 18:00
Haus gallery (UUS tn 3, Tallinn) Jaanika Peerna will open a solo exhibition “Lohutuseks…/ Solace” based on her latest mixed media work.

Jaanika Peerna

The art event has been planned by Meelis Tammemägi. Additional information: meelis.tammemgi@artun.ee or by phone +372 53 908 107

Writers’ Union
Estonian Writers’ Union
Harju 1, Tallinn 10146