An exhibition of contemporary portrait photography in Budapest

The exhibition is an opening event of the Estonia 100 cultural programme of the Estonian Institute in Hungary and is part of the official programme of the Budapest Photo Festival.


The exhibition “Tell Me. Contemporary Portraits in Photography”, co-produced by Tallinn Photomonth biennial and Tallinn Art Hall for the Narva Art Gallery, will be part of the Budapest Photo Festival in 2018.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on February 21 at 6 p.m. with the participation of the curator Anneli Porri.

Artists: Herkki Erich Merila, Marge Monko, Tanja Muravskaja, Alissa Nirgi, Birgit Püve, Mark Raidpere, Peeter Tooming, Anna-Stina Treumund, Sigrid Viir.

The exhibition’s title has been borrowed from Marge Monko’s series pointing to a photograph as a psychoanalytical tool. A good photographic portrait should show us something we are unaware of, it should surprise us, even astound the subject – as it brings forth something new and not yet experienced. “Tell Me” presents works where the artist is not a mere technician but someone who uses photography to analyze the human subject in depth.

“Tell me” is an overview of the contemporary portrait photography, but the choice of subjects and the context of the portraits is at the same time a story about Estonian recent history and society. Each work refers to the specific stories through its model and subject. The heroes of the singing revolution, a humane look at the subculture of prisoners, the ethnography of the Kihnu island, the encounter between the Soviet people and the background of the photography from the times of the first Republic of Estonia, the relationship between a refugee grandmother and an artist and their mother and co-artist and art history is the content of the sensitive artworks and it’s something in which European audiences could find contact with Estonia. All works are from 1983—2017.

We would like to thank Digifoto, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Redi Koobak, Riinu Rahuoja, Tartu Art Museum, Tiina Määrmann & Vaal Gallery.


MTÜ Eesti Instituut

MTÜ Eesti Instituut levitab teadmisi Eesti ühiskonna ja kultuuri kohta. Peamised tegevused on Eestit tutvustavate trükiste väljaandmine ja näituste koostamine, eesti kultuurisündmuste korraldamine välismaal (eelkõige Soomes ja Ungaris), eesti keele ja kultuuri välisõppe korraldamine (rahvuskaaslaste programm), kultuuriportaali haldamine, infovahetus nii Eesti-siseselt kui ka suunaga välismaale. Instituudi tegevused on suunatud nii Eesti elanikele, siin viibivatele välismaalastele, väliseestlastele ja kokkuvõttes kõigile, kes Eesti maa, eesti keele ja kultuuri vastu huvi tunnevad. * The task of the Estonian Institute (established in 1989) is to spread information about Estonian society and culture in other countries, further cultural and educational links and organise the teaching of Estonian language and culture outside Estonia. Institute has published information booklets and periodicals about Estonia, compiled web pages, organised festivals, exhibitions, conferences and seminars, received journalists, researchers and lecturers, translators and writers, opened culture and information centres in other countries, granted scholarships. In order to make Estonia better known in the world, the Institute describes Estonia and its people in their entirety, emphasising the relations between different fields of society as they appear in everyday life. Culture is a phenomenon, created and carried by people regardless of their profession and age. The Institute does not thus limit its daily work with introducing literature, art, film, music and other fine arts, but spreads information also about Estonian education, economy, natural environment, social organisation and other areas of life, which all directly or indirectly shape Estonian culture, and therefore also the Estonians’ life.