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Aap Tepper (b. 1991) is a visual artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. He is known for works that explore the tangents between memory, space and photographic representation. Using personal images and pictures found on social media or in archives, his works derive their form primarily through site-specific installations. Since 2016, Tepper has served as Senior Specialist at the Film Archive of the National Archives, where he conducts experiments on the position of artist-in-archive, resulting in critical gestures that address the representation of archived images. Tepper is a graduate of the Estonian Academy of Arts MA programme in photography (2016) and is one of the founders and leaders of the Rundum platform launched in 2013.

 

 

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CONTACT

 

aap.tepper@gmail.com

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EDUCATION

 

2013 - 2016   Estonian Academy of Arts / Fine Arts, Photography MA

2010 - 2013   Estonian Academy of Arts / Photography BA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2019 "The Shadow of Materiality", Ag47 gallery, Tartu

2018/2019 "Displaced Time: 10 Photos from the Restricted Collections", Film Archives, Tallinn

2015 "Artefacts from Photographic Heterotopia", Toila alevik

2014 "Rundum showcase: Manifesta, Aap Tepper", part of parallel programme of Manifesta 10, Rundum artist-run space at Taiga, Moshkov pereulok 2, St.Petersburg

2014 "Micro", co-exhibited with Mari-Leen Kiipli, Kulla Laas, Aap Tepper, Mari Volens, Draakoni gallery, Tallinn

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2021 "Tierras malas", curated by Annika Toots, Vaal gallery, Tallinn

2021 "Digital Dark Age", curated by Anete Skuja, Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga

2021 "Isolation Dialogues", Jaani Seek gallery, Tallinn

2017 "Defitsiidist Taaskasutuseni", curated by Maarja Hindoalla, National Archives of Estonia gallery, Tartu

2016 "Defitsiidist Taaskasutuseni", curated by Maarja Hindoalla, National Archives of Estonia gallery, Tallinn

2016 "TASE'16", Estonian Academy of Arts MA Grad Show, SUVA Sukavabrik, Tallinn

2015 "Prosu(u)mer", (with Rundum) curated by David Raymond Conroy, EKKM, Tallinn

2015 "Youth as Lifestyle", curated by Marika Agu, Nele Ambos, Hanna-Liis Kont, Julia Polujanenkova. Tartu Art Museum

2015 Rundum Tartus, "Loading..100%", curated by Andres Tali, Tartu Monumentaalgalerii, Tartu

2014 "Books!",  curated by Marko Mäetamm, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

2014 "Side-effects II", curated by Laura Kuusk and Pascale Riou, Grenoble old museum-library, Grenoble, France

2014 "Man can turn in a circle and in doing so turn towards any point at will", Raja gallery, Tallinn

2013 "Rundum Starting", Rundum Artist-Run Space, Tallinn

2013 "Approaches", curated Anu Vahtra and Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn

2013 ".GIF IT SPACE", supervised by Camille Laurelli, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn

2013 "From the window all that could be seen was a receding gray", curated by Laura Toots, Katarsis project space, Tallinn

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

2017 "Symphony of Streams", sound performance,Oru Park, Toila parish

2016 "Phonographic Composition of Toila parish's Seashore", site-specific sound performance, Oru park,  Toila parish

2015 "Application Generator", with Rundum artist-run space, Monumentaalgalerii, Tartu

 

 

ADDITIONAL / CURATORIAL

 

2017 – Poppositions 2017, Kristina Õllek, "WHEN YOU HAVE THE OBJECT ITSELF IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES / Poppositions"

2015 "Where the Place Begins", curated by Valerie Senden and Manuel Wischnewski, Kunsthaus Dahlem, april – june

2015 Internship at Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, curatorial assistance, february - june

2013 – ... RUNDUM artist-run space

2013 Artist Camille Laurelli assistant for Side Effects exhibition at EKKM

2013 Artist Karel Koplimets assistant for Köler Prize nominees exhibition at EKKM

 

 

AWARDS/SCHOLARSHIPS

 

2015 Adamson-Eric Young Artist Prize, with Rundum collective

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

2014 "Hidden Echoes", workshop supervised by Lucy Harrison (GB), Estonian Academy of Arts

2013 Gif medium workshop, supervised by Camille Laurelli (FRA/EST), Estonian Academy of Arts

2012 London Frieze Art Fair and local art scene, supervised by Maria Arusoo

2011 Graphic design workshop, supervised by Mikk Heinsoo, Estonian Academy of Arts

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2021 "Displaced Time", edit. Aap Tepper and Annika Toots, National Archives of Estonia

2019 "The Forgotten Garden" (Visual essay), Estonian Art, 19/2, Edit.

2017 "What To Do Together", Rundum artist-run space

2017 "WHEN YOU HAVE THE OBJECT ITSELF IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES / Poppositions"

2014 "ARTGUIDE", Manifesta 10 Special Issue

2014 "Side effects", Le Syndrome Stenhal

2011 ERKI FASHION SHOW 2011 catalogue

 

 

ARTICLES

 

Toots, Annika. "Displaced Time. 10 Photographs from Restricted Collections" as a model for remembrance", Baltic Worlds, Vol. XIII:4 (December 2020), 34−43.

Mürk, Maarin. "Speak to us, documents from the former restricted collections!", Kunst.ee, 4/2019

Kuusk, Laura. "Fotofiltri nostalgia/Photo Filter Nostalgia", Positiiv 28/2017 Kevad/Spring

Upan, Siret. "Nostalgia lõhn, Kolm kõige enam meelde jäänud tööd", Sirp 17.06.2016

Varblane, Reet. "Talendikas, atraktiivne, suhestuv essents ehk Kuidas eksponeerida noort kunsti vanas majas?", 10.06.2016

Toots, Annika. "Mäletamise ja unustamise vahel: foto kui mälu meedium Eesti kunstis alates 1990. aastatest", näituse „Plahvatusest tasandikule. Eesti kaasaegne foto 1991-2015“ kataloog

Karro, Piret. "Tühjus ja tarbimine". Sirp, 02.10.2015

Karro, Piret. "Nooruse joovastusest kainenemine". Müürileht, 02.04.2015

Talvistu, Peeter, "Niiske püssirohi", Sirp, 23.01.2015

Vangonen, Joonas. "Noorusest, emotsioonideta", Sirp, 17.04.2015

2014 Kaljo, Hanna Laura. "The Elusive Form of Rundum Artist-Run Space", Estonian Art Magazine nr 2/2014

Kübar, Eva. "Kust saab kunstnik inspiratsiooni?", 30.04.2014

Toots, Annika. „Kohalolek Raja galeriis“, Sirp 24.01.2014

Luiga, Martin. "Pisteline kontroll pealinna galeriides", ZA/UM’i blogi, 08.05.2014

Varblane, Reet. „Taas üks toimekas kunstipaik“, Sirp 08.11.2013

Müürileht 29. „Rundum alustab!“, sügis 2013

Laul, Mario. “Enesepeegeldused ja tulevik”, Sirp, 25.04.2013

2013 Mürk, Maarin. "Aknast ei näinud muud kui taanduvat halli". Artishok, 16.04.2013

 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

Rūdis Bebrišs, "Can't measure quality in pixels", echogonewrong.com, 09.2021

Kuusk, Laura. "Fotofiltri nostalgia/Photo Filter Nostalgia", Positiiv 28/2017 Kevad/Spring

Kaljo, Hanna Laura. "The Elusive Form of Rundum Artist-Run Space", Estonian Art Magazine nr 2/2014

Mürk, Maarin. Kunstiministeerium, Klassikaraadio, 13.10.2014

Adermann, Tõnn. Näitus “Mikro ning ettearvamatust ja petlikust fotorepresentatsioonist", Delta, Klassikaraadio, 08.05.2014

Preiman, Siim. “Ainulaadne ja asendamatu Rundum”, Sirp 26.09.2014

 

 

OTHER

 

"Hobusepea galeriis saab näha EKA fotograafiatudengite töid", ERR uudised, 18.04.2013

 

 

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