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The main theme of the exhibition – depicting corporeality – is characterized firstly by the
multitude of photographic techniques and methods used. The pinhole camera metho combined
with mechanical developing techniques results in intentionally rough and expressive scenes
from the „Before awakening“ series, while the gelatin silver process along with signs of wear
and tear and oxidation gives portraits from the „Hebird“ series an aristocratic and magical
feel. The black and white aesthetic created using these methods is contrasted by DeStudio’s
collages with surreal undertones.
On the other hand, the aforementioned techniques are accompanied by substantial variations
of depicting corporeality. The subject-matter of the works includes both private halfaccidental
moments in the bedroom as well as theatrically staged metaphors, where details
and decorations become more important than space and dynamics. Anatomical (deviation)
studies in turn introduces a deconstructive and deformative dimension – putting dismantled
pieces back together incorrectly. Whether it is an accidentally captured moment, a deliberate
staging or an arbitrary composition, it results in a sublime effect that turns nudity into a
symbol for ambivalence and human vulnerability.
Herkki Erich Merila (1964) is known as a valued fashion photographer, excellent generator of silent lives and creator of conceptual photo collages. He has exhibited worldwide since 1984, including with the „Kinbaku“ series in Haus Gallery. Since 1992 belongs to DeStudio which is regarded as the importer of contemporary photography in Estonia.
Tallinn Photomonth is an international biennial of contemporary art and visual culture. The biennial has surpassed medium specificity and looks at developments in art and society in a world mediated by cameras, screens and images. The programme covers exhbitions of both international and local artist as well as The Photographic Art Fair from 2 to 4 October at Telliskivi Creative District.