Opening of the exhibit “Estonia Through 100 Pairs of Eyes” in Toronto

October 1, 2018

The exhibit is on display in Toronto at VEMU from September 22, 2018-January 14, 2019.

The project gives a visual overview of Estonia’s story told by 100 Estonians and Estonian-spirited people ages 1-100 years, through their portraits, eyes, and emotions. The oldest -100-year-old- was born the same year as the Republic of Estonia, in 1918. The youngest was born on February 24, 2017. There is only one person for each year of the Republic of Estonia! In parallel with the portraits, the project introduces the country of Estonia, as a place where we are from, and where we live. This way, views of the most well-known Estonian places (the Old Town of Tallinn), buildings (farmhouses), emotions (the song festival), accomplishments (e-Estonia), phenomena (bogs) are also portrayed. This gives those who do not know Estonia well, an idea of our country’s culture, nature, technical accomplishments, cuisine, and traditions. The two visuals, the portraits and atmospheres, are tied together by short texts in Estonian and English.

Idea and concept: Kaire van der Toorn-Guthan and Toomas Volkmann
Exhibition curator: Kaire van der Toorn-Guthan

Portraits: Toomas Volkmann
Photos of Estonian atmospheres: Tõnu Runnel and Tõnu Tunnel