Marko Mäetamm – Car Ride, 2008

<p>Marko Mäetamm (1965) is an artist whose work is based on personal stories, used to create existentially absurd and critical caricatures. Mäetamm has represented Estonia in the Venice Biennale twice: in 2003 (under the pseudonym John Smith, together with Kaido Ole) and in 2007. His work is characterised by an interdisciplinary, series-oriented and narrative approach, where figurative image and text carry an equal weight.</p><p></p> <p>Mäetamm’s work has been linked to the idea of “personal is political”. Even though the artist’s works mostly discuss his own family, it is also a basis for generalisation.</p><p></p> <p>The drawings, paintings, videeos and comics that at first glance seem carefree and fun, tell stories about everyday life and existential problems, covering up fears, traumas and violent fantasies. The confessional stories have been exaggerated to absurd – to desperate situation that can only be solved through suicide, cannibalism or passive-aggressive silence.</p>