Anu Vahtra



Anu Vahtra works with found spatial situations. Initiated by the architectural characteristics as well as historical and contextual background of a certain site, she often focuses on the exhibition format and specifics of an exhibition space but also tackles issues of public space. Vahtra composes both physical and photographic space as if through the camera, bearing in mind distinct vantage points. What’s important is that the focus of attention is equally on what her work depicts and how it relates to, and is displayed in, a specific space.

As part of the infrastructure of the Tallinn Art Hall’s Lasnamäe Pavilion, a system of trusses is suspended from the ceiling by winches. This system passes through the corridor-like space of the pavilion and is a framework for its technical equipment: lights, motion sensors, security cameras and electricity outlets. The trusses are used to hang projectors and other equipment, interchangeable from exhibition to exhibition.

For the exhibition Trance the truss system has been removed. Vahtra chose to keep part of the system in place and lower it to the height reachable by the wench. The equipment is left attached to the truss, its functionality, however, has transformed.