Jaanus Samma with Alo Paistik

Jaanus Samma. Photo: Piia Ruuben.

BIO & STATEMENT
Jaanus Samma
(b 1982) is a visual artist from Estonia exhibiting since 2005, internationally since 2006. His body of work includes photos, installations and videos with topics that have been grounded in the study of urban space and the subjective experiences of it. Later his interests moved towards gender studies investigating into the representation of male sexuality and ways of portraying this by artistic means.

Samma is currently participating in the Estonian Academy of Arts doctoral program for fine arts.
His topic for artistic research is mapping gay narratives in Soviet Estonia. His PhD combines fieldwork – interviews and archive research, but also more subjective and artistic output based on the findings. Samma is representing Estonia in the 56th Venice Bienniale.

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Jaanus Samma with Alo Paistik: Applied Art for a Gay Club, 2011,
a photograph from the series. (Installation photo: Timo Nieminen.)


Jaanus Samma with Alo Paistik: Applied Art for a Gay Club, 2011,
video installation. (Photo: Timo Nieminen)