Book launch and panel discussion: Flow of Patterns. Works of Jaanus Samma 23/05/2024 | 17:00

Kumu Art Museum
Adult: Kumu Art Museum
  • Family: Kumu Art Museum
  • Discount: Kumu Art Museum
  • Adult ticket with donation: Art Museum of Estonia
Jaanus Samma. Flow of Patterns
Exhibition tour
Lecture or talk
Theme event

Book launch and panel discussion: Flow of Patterns. Works of Jaanus Samma

The artist Jaanus Samma’s first comprehensive monograph Flow of Patterns will be launched in Estonia at the Kumu Art Museum.

5 p.m. Guided tour of the exhibition “Elisarion: Elisàr von Kupffer and Jaanus Samma” led by Jaanus Samma (in English).

6 p.m. The book launch in the Kumu atrium, followed by a panel discussion featuring the artist Jaanus Samma, editor Krist Gruijthuijsen and the art historian Ann Mirjam Vaikla (in English).

A museum ticket is required to join the guided tour. The book launch and panel discussion have free admission.

Jaanus Samma is known for queering seemingly harmless subject matters on national representation through explorations on sexuality and notions of publicness’ in his work. A re-occurring theme is the concept of folklore as a form of cultural circulation open to queer reinterpretation. By using traditional techniques, the artist navigates through various forms of communication, which at first seem innocent but at close inspection present an array of gay and queer symbolism. Flow of Patterns presents a body of work from the past twenty years – from his graduation work on swimming pools up until his recent exhibition, which scrutinized masculinity as a form of national representation.

Léon Kruijswijk, Jeppe Ugelvig

The book is edited by Krist Gruijthuijsen
Contributions by Jeppe Ugelvig, Linda Kaljundi and Léon Kruijswijk
Co-published by Lugemik, Tallinn & Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Köln