Liina Siib: Unsocial Hours

The video Unsocial Hours (2011) explores the model of the cycle of women’s work and social life through food in contemporary Estonia; to be more specific, cheap pastries produced in a bakery that works through the night and which are sold in the kiosks at Tallinn Railway Station, and eaten in cafes in Lasnamäe or during breaks by doctors and nurses working at Pelgulinna Maternity Hospital. Along with a focus on space, there is also a strong emphasis on time – the circling of time, and a certain element of ritual repetition and ‘not getting anywhere’.

Biographic notes
Liina Siib was born in 1963 in Tallinn, Estonia, where she currently lives and works. She studied graphic art and photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where she also earned an MA in photography. In her photo, video and site-specific room installations, she explores various topics, ranging from femininity and social space to different representations of people in their everyday activities. She has had thirty solo exhibitions in Estonia, Germany, Belgium, France, Finland, Latvia and Italy. Her works have been presented at a number of exhibitions and festivals in Estonia, Europe, Asia and the USA. Her works are in the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, the Tartu Art Museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Neues Museum für Kunst und Design in Nuernberg etc. In 2011 her project “A Woman Takes Little Space” represented Estonia at the 54th Venice Biennale.

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