Mare Tralla



Our every movement and action today seems to be subject to surveillance, including areas of our lives that we normally assume to be private and confidential. What do we need in order for public and private life to thrive? Spaces that are absolutely free from the prying eyes of officialdom and others? Set out to explore these and other notions of privacy, security and surveillance, Mare Tralla skillfully employs various media and styles, ranging from painting and video, live performance and photography to sculpture.

Mare Tralla (b 1967 Tallinn) lives and works in London where she is pursuing her PhD at University of Westminster.

Her latest solo exhibitions include Protected at Art Hall, Tallinn; at Kunsthaus, Graz; City Art Gallery (with Olga Jürgenson) and Stuttgarter Kunsverein, Stuttgart (with Mari Siram, forthcoming).

Most recently she has exhibited as part of Vabaduse Square, Tallinn Art Hall; Innovation, National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Bon Voyage, Threshold artspace, Perth; [Prologues] at Cornerhouse, Manchester; Normal Work at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Multiplicities at ARC Projects, Sofia; XV International Women Film Festival, Barcelona; and Continuous Past. Signs of the Soviet Era in Recent Estonian Art at the KunstiMUuseum Art Museum, Tallinn.

Major biennales include 5th Shiryaevo Biennale, Samara 2007; 13th ISEA2006, San Jose 2006 and 1st Berwick upon Tweed Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick upon Tweed 2005.

Tralla was nominated for the 3rd Annual Russian Award for achievements in contemporary art for 2007 (with 5th Shiryevo Biennale, Samara). Previously, she received “Eesti Ekpress” Photography Prize 2009; Estonian Culture Endowment Special Prize for Young Artist Group 2005; and Prize for the Second Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia 2004.

Her work is in the public collections of The Kumu (KUnstiMUuseum) Art Museum, Tallinn; Tartu Art Museum, Tartu and Horsecross, Perth.