Re-opening of exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” in Viljandi

WasteArt project partners are glad to inform that the exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” will be reopened from May 13th, 2020. The exhibition host venue Kondas Center of Naive Art in Viljandi has implemented all necessary adjustments to secure its visitors and employees health.  The exhibition was closed on March 13th as the state of emergency was declared in the Republic of Estonia due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. 

Duration of the exhibition at the Kondas Center of Naive Art is prolonged until June 14th, 2020.


The exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” was opened by WasteArt project partners on the 28th of February at the Kondas Center of Naive Art, Viljandi, Estonia.  17 internationally recognized artists developed artworks what invite viewer to look at waste differently – as a material, resource and opportunities for the future!


The exhibition 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.  14 projects were selected through international competition. Competition jury invited 17 artists from 9 countries to develop artworks, which are 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).

The Kondas Center of Naive Art in Viljandi is the fourth 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 Kondas Center for Naive art, exhibition is shown in Estonia in locations such as Tartu Nature House (August- October 2019) and Estonian Road Museum (June- July- August 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.

The exhibition in the Kondas Center of Naive Art will be on display until June 14th. . Fifth stop of the exhibition is Estonian Road Museum at Varbuse. Opening hours of the exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” are regular opening hours of the Kondas Center of Naive Art:  from Monday to Sunday 11am till 6pm. Visiting of the exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” is free of charge. 

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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.

More about the project here.