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Kai kaljo
Isegi nimi on mõnikord sama (Even the Name Is Sometimes the Same)
Video | mov | color | 1'55'' | Estonia | 2017
Among others, Kai Kaljo(1877-1906) lives on in my video "Even the Name is Sometimes the Same"(1877-2017). I don´t know if we are related or not, but does it really matter? The video was made in cooperation with the photo collection of the Tallinn town museum. In the corner of a very old photograph (made in 1877) of the Tallinn Old Town Harbor, there is a person sitting, very tired. For some unknown reason, I was overwhelmed by that person. She (or he) had no idea that photography existed so she never suspected being accidentally captured by someone´s camera, neither did she suspect that, for some reason, she would become so important for somebody after 140 years.
Kai Kaljo is an artist living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. She studied painting at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 1997, when she completed her first video "Loser", she mainly works in video. In 2006 – 2017, she used to work at Tallinn University as a professor for contemporary art. Her video work was often described as poetic, social, humorous/tragic. In recent years, she had been working with archival images and texts.