Guided tours of an exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” at Estonian Road Museum

Project WasteArt invites you to participate at the public programme of the international art exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” at the Estonian Road museum in Varbuse, Kanepi Municipality, Estonia.  On August 1st and 22nd from 12pm till 4 pm workshops and excursions will take place in the frame of an exhibition, which  invites visitors to look at waste differently – as a material, resource and opportunities for the future!


On August 1st, the initiative Paranduskelder will lead a workshop where one can build a lamp out of used glass bottles and old lamp stands. Paranduskelder (Repair basement) is an initiative with an aim to build community around repairing, reusing and recycling.

On August 22nd the artist duo Varvara & Mar will offer a crafty experience to the audience. During the workshop, participants will make out of recycled yarn, plastic, or wooden pearls a bracelet. Varvara & Mar are also participating at the exhibition with their work “Plasticland”. 

Both on August 1st and 22nd visitors are welcome to pop in to the excursions on the exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind”.  Co-curator of the exhibition, Indrek Grigor, will open the background of the works on the exhibition and broaden their meaning into the context of our everyday lives.

The exhibition at the Estonian Road Museum will stay open throughout August, from Tuesday till Sunday 11am until 7pm. The Exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind”  and its related events has free entry.

The exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind”  is set out to raise awareness of the fact that trash does not disappear from the planet. It is accumulating at a disturbing rate, and the only way for us to regain control is to become conscious of the fact that waste is part of our culture.(Waste)Culture is systematic, covering different levels, from individuals to organizations, from producers to governments and states.  Following this cause 17 internationally recognized artists from 9 countries were invited to develop artworks using waste materials found locally or from the landfill “Daibe”. The subsequent exhibition is as multifaceted as the authorship and the problem tackled. Works range from dystopian visions and public disobedience to metaphysical contemplations, documentary depictions and practical solution searching.

Participating artists: Varvara & Mar (EE), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Marta Moorats (EE), Kiwa (EE), Ansis Starks (LV), André Avelãs (NL/PT), “The Laboratory of Microclimates” Annechien Meier & Gert-Jan Gerlach (NL), Johanna Lohrengel & Gatis Kreicbergs (DE/LV), Ieva Krūmiņa (LV), Geraldine Juárez (SE/MX), Justin Tyler Tate (CA), Willem Boel (BE), Timo Toots (EE), Elena Redaelli (NO/IT).

Estonian Road Museum in Varbuse is the fifth stop of the travelling exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind”. During a two-year period, the exhibition travels through 6 art, culture and environmental education centres in Latvia and Estonia. The exhibition sites in Estonia were chosen and coordinated by MoKS artist run space. Whose idea when selecting exhibition spaces was to reach out to diverse and wide audiences. Besides the Estonian Road Museum, exhibition was shown in Estonia in locations such as Tartu Nature House (August- October 2019) and Kondas Center of Naive Art (February- June 2020).  The exhibition is part of the cross-border project WasteArt that includes 8 partners from Latvia and Estonia with a common goal to raise awareness towards the vast amount of waste produced, as well as possibilities to reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials.

Find out more about the exhibition in WasteArt Facebook page.

More about the project here.

The project is implemented by the Institute for Environmental Solutions in cooperation with MoKS Artist Residency, Rucka Artist Residency, Võru municipality, Vidzeme Planning Region, SIA ZAAO, Põlva municipality and Tipu Nature School. The project coordinator for the exhibition  in Estonia is MoKS (Mooste KülalisStuudio MTÜ).

The exhibition is a part of the project WasteArt No. Est-Lat 65, which is funded by ERDF Interreg V-A Estonia- Latvia Cross-Border Programme, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of Latvia and project partners. Materials for the exhibition were provided by the Landfill “Daibe”, Swedbank Estonia and local communities in Latvia and Estonia.

This press release reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia programme is not liable for how this information may be used.