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Kaarel Valter. Seinast seina

Together with Ann Valter, Natalie Mets, Johann 300, Helmi Arrak and  Kersten Kõrge we put together an exhibition of Kaarel Valter's photos to memorise a year since his death.
Art Depoo gallery 12 -29 April 2023.




DJ ja melomaan, saatejuht ja plaadipoodnik Kaarel Valter lahkus meie seast paha haiguse tagajärjel eelmise aasta veebruaris. Tänavu 28. veebruaril tähistanuks ta oma 36. sünnipäeva. 11. aprillil 18.00 avaneb galeriis ArtDepoo mälestusnäitus, kus on väljas valik Kaarli tehtud fotosid.

Ilmselt ei ole Kaarel Valteri lahkumine paljudele sõpradele veel tänaseni päriselt kohale jõudnud. Ühelt poolt tõrgub mälu oma kummaliste neuraalsete protsessidega kallist inimesest lahti laskma, teisalt ei tahagi nagu sellega leppida ja kaevud ennastunustavalt ja -haavavalt mälupiltidesse. Kaarilile selline enesehaletsuses püherdamine pigem ei meeldiks (kuigi ta oskas seda ka ise hästi teha), küll aga kiidaks ta heaks (mälu)piltidesse süüvimise.

Paljud teavad, et filmikunsti kõrval oli Kaarel kirglik fotograafia fänn. Kui ta nooruses eksperimenteeris erinevate vanade peegelkaameratega, siis viimastel aastatel oli tal kogu aeg taskus mõni uus (vana) seebikas, eesmärgiga jäädvustada igapäeva ja selle hetki. Kõlab natuke klišeelikult, aga tema negatiive läbi lapates näib, et iseäranis intensiivseks muutus piltide tegemine viimasel aastal, just nagu oleks ta.. Ah, mis seal ikka. See pole enam kõige tähtsam.

Oluline on, et nendel fotodel joonistub välja vähemalt kolm portreed. Esiteks Kaarel ise, kellena ta peegeldub suure elukunstnikuna oma portreteeritavate lõbustatud nägudelt. Teiseks portreeks on need samad näod – pere ja lähemad sõbrad –, kellega ta oli intiimne, vahetu, naljakas ja tõsine. Kolmandaks on see mälestusnäitus teatud mõttes koondportree teistkümnendate Tallinna alternatiivsest tänava- ja klubikultuurist, mida ta tundis ja suunas läbi ja lõhki, seinast seina. See näitus on ühe põlvkonna eluga kohanemise nägu. Ehkki jah, Kaarel oli põlvkondade- ja ajastuteülene, nagu paljudele näis.

Väljapanekule andis nime Kaarlile iseloomulikult eneseiroonilise nimega raadiosaade “Seinast seina tapeediks” IDA raadios, kus ta aastate jooksul kuulajatega sadade tundide jagu uut ja vana muusikat jagas. Helide asemel jagame see kord pilte.

Näituse panid kokku Helmi Arrak, Johann 3000, Kersten Kõrge, Natalie Mets, Gregor Taul ja Ann Valter. Täname Kaarli peret, sõpru, Momentin Baltics ja Coca-Cola HBC Estonia.

Näitus ArtDepoos (Jahu 12, Tallinn) jääb avatuks 29. aprillini.

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Kaarel Valter

From Wall to Wall

DJ and music lover, presenter and record store enthusiast Kaarel Valter left us as a result of a bad illness last February. This year, on February 28, he would have celebrated his 36th birthday. The current memorial exhibition exhibits a selection of photos taken by Kaarel himself.

Kaarel’s death has not really reached many friends to this day. On the one hand, memory with its strange neural processes refuses to let go of the dear person, while on the other hand, no one seems to want to accept the situation and thus self-indulgently we dig into pictures of memory. Kaarel would rather not like this kind of wallowing in self-pity (although he could do it well himself), but he would approve of immersing oneself in images. Many know that in addition to cinematography Kaarel was a passionate fan of photography. While in his youth he experimented with various old SLR cameras, in recent years he always had some new (old) ’soap camera’ in his pocket, with the aim of capturing everyday life and its special moments. It sounds a bit clichéd, but looking through his negatives, it seems that taking pictures became particularly intense in the last year of his life, as if he was... Ah, let it go. It is not the most important thing anymore.

At least three portraits emerge in these photographs. First of all, a self-portrait of Kaarel himself, as reflected on the amused faces of the people he portrayed. The second portrait features the same faces – family and closest friends – with whom he was intimate, direct, funny, and serious. Thirdly, this exhibition is, in a sense, a composite portrait of the independent club scene of Tallinn in the 2010s. One could say that this exhibition has the face of one generation's coming to terms with life. Although Kaarel was cross-generational, as it seemed to many.

The name of the exhibition cites the characteristically self-ironic title of Kaarel’s radioshow Seinast seina tapeediks [Wall to Wall Wallpaper] on IDA radio, where he shared hundreds of hours of new and old music with listeners over the years. Instead of sounds, this time we share pictures.

The exhibition was put together by Helmi Arrak, Johann 3000, Kersten Kõrge, Natalie Mets, Gregor Taul and Ann Valter. We wish to thank Kaarel’s family, friends, Momentin Baltics and Coca-Cola HBC Estonia. The exhibition will remain open until April 29, the gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00. If you are interested in acquiring the photos exhibited at the exhibition, register your interest with the gallery assistant or write to gregortaul@gmail.com.

 



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