Compared to the early 20th century, the concept of literacy has acquired a new meaning today. If earlier it primarily referred to reading and writing skills, today many different types of literacy are discussed, mostly digital literacy, but also functional, mathematical, natural science and media literacy.

16th Tallinn Print Triennial

„Literacy / Illiteracy“

February 7 – August 1, 2014

Curator: Maria Kjær Themsen (Denmark)


The 16th Tallinn Print Triennial project titled LITERACY – ILLITERACY /  KIRJAOSKUS – KIRJAOSKAMATUS continues to deal with this old topic with the goal of finding new development scenarios for graphic media in presenting a selection of Nordic, Baltic and international artists and print makers, that work in the field of both the classical genre of graphic as well as digital medias.

For the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial new approaches will be taken to integrate a discussion about the relationship between the tradition of printmaking and contemporary approaches, digital or analogue, to the genre.

Besides the main exhibition at the Kumu Art Museum, the triennial offers different new collaborations and co-operations to make the triennial an active knowledge and production site.

The selected artists have, for the most part, been invited to make new works specifically for the triennial. For some it will result in research in the archive of the triennial, and for others it will be direct collaborations with the local art scene and public.

The investigation of the reproduction techniques and the aesthetic and expressive strategies, be it classical or contemporary, that apply to them, opens up a complex field of the most diverse questions to concepts such as: original and copy, production and reproduction, presentation and representation, ultimately leading to the question of how the message of an art work can be interpreted.

International conference

To find out more about Literacy/Illiteracy of the 16th Tallinn Print Triennial, please join the international conference and roundtable discussion being held on 7th February 2014. The conference is free of charge. Details here.

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