Paul Kuimet

Paul Kuimet is a photography and installation artist who lives in Tallinn and works primarily in conceptual photography tradition. He rose to prominence with his debut exhibition, “In Vicinity” at Hobusepea Gallery in 2010, while still working toward his bachelor’s degree in photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In his works, the artist focuses mainly on urban environments and the possibilities of using photography and cinema in installations. In 2012, he was awarded the Sadolin Prize for contemporary art. Kuimet received his master’s degree in photography in 2014, when the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia exhibited his 16 mm film loop “2060” – a reference to the work of sculptor Edgar Viies (1931–2006). In recent years, the artist has devoted special attention to the modernist legacy of the Estonian SSR. This is illustrated by “Märkmeid ruumist” (“Notes on Space”, 2013-…), a black and white documentary series on the monumental art heritage of the Soviet Estonian era, a cultural layer that is often overtaken and subsumed by modern times.

Paul Kuimet. Aleksander Igonin. Supergraphics. Ca. 1976. Murals. Kohtla-Järve, Metsapargi tee 4 and Kalevi tee 36. 2013. 39 × 39 cm. Framed silver gelatin print on aluminium composite. Edition: 3 + 1 AP