2010, 5′ 32”
Edition of 7

Being simultaneously autobiographical and fictional, Marko Mäetamm‘s works embody, with humour and auto-derision, authentic odes to life that are ironically tainted by acidic complaints about the complex familial and emotional relationships existing between oneself and others. Flirting inexorably with his own reality, Mäetamm enjoys the act of confessing; his status as an artist is predominantly at the origin of a series of “mises-en-scènes” in which he features personally as family man, a husband, a father. Mäetamm’s video “Love” is particularly centered on his relationship with his wife, and the ambiguous and sometimes strained emotions that exist in an amorous relationship. He presents, often very bluntly, certain private moments – such as the pressures existing within a family unit or the temperamental feelings that can occur between husband and wife – and introduces a humorous and yet invaluably sincere take on universal emotions and taboo feelings. The storytelling element is the medium through which Maetamm explores the grey areas between these uncontrollable feelings and how we are told to repress them – he is interested in those everyday instances that appear to be ideal but which are nonetheless tarnished by the idea that a blink of an eye can separate us from nightmares and disasters. Throughout Maetamm‘s world of disconcerting sincerity, the spectator becomes a privilegied viewer to the intimate worries and emotional tragedies experienced by the artist and at the same time identifies with the issues addressed within the works.



Marko Mäetamm

Marko Maetamm was born in in 1965 in Viljandi, Estonia. He lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia and represented the Estonian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions include Walking in my hunting ground, NETTIE HORN, London, 2012; ESTONIE TONIQUE, Liberte Vabadus 2011, Chateau d’Asnieres, France (2011); La Main Numérique, curated by Dominique Païni, Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent sur Marne, France and National Museum of Fine Arts Taiwan (2010); Rencontres internationales (Paris, Berlin, Madrid), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010) ; XIII. Brooklyn International Film Festival, New York (2010); Post Flux (in partnership with Centre Pompidou Paris and Festival Pocket Films), Brussels Bozar, Brussels, Belgium (2009).




NETTIE HORN opened in 2007 on Vyner Street in East-London and recently relocated to Fitzrovia in Central London in May 2012. The gallery’s programme focuses primarily on an exchange and dialogue with emerging artists from Europe and further afield. We present eight exhibitions per year, with an emphasis on solo shows of gallery artists which are punctuated by curated group exhibitions enabling us to interrogate the current artistic discourse and continue a broader dialogue with artists outside of the gallery programme.
Our programme is particularly centred on presenting artists with a critical and experimental approach to the personal and collective history as well as artists with a conceptual and investigative reflexion on space, time and their representation – the exploration of the notion of territory through human and physical experiences informs our programme and the gallery’s perspective.
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