Flo Kasearu – ESC, 2010

<p>The white horse is a symbol of freedom, romantic longing and nobility. It may also be associated with light, sun, vitality, illumination, resurrection and birth. This symbolic potential is fully exploited in 'ESC.'<br></p> <p>'ESC' was shot in Tallinn during the darkest hours of the lightest period in the year and in the period when the city council of Tallinn validated the so-called "dark hours" to save money by switching off street lighting in the entire city.. A white horse is projected onto the walls of buildings from a moving car. It gallops through the city until eventually fading from view after sunrise. The horse is pursued aggressively by two black BMWs, perhaps representing qualities opposite to that of the horse. The black BMW is a favourite car of street racers and symbolises an arrogant form of urban culture. The squeal of tyres and roar of engines provides a soundtrack for the fugitive white horse. 'ESC' is both captivating and frustrating, and is a poetic, beautiful race through the warm summer night.</p><p></p><p>–</p><p></p><p>Flo Kasearu (b.1985) is an artist based in Tallinn. She studied Painting and Photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and Multimedia at Universtität der Künste Berlin under Rebecca Horn studio.<br><br>Kasearu’s earliest performances conceived during her studies addressed tradition, national identity, and the academic environment of art schools. Her subsequent projects dealt with local political and ideological contexts, the artist often working and exhibiting outside of the white cube gallery set up. Kasearu has shown works in various public spaces, in her Tallinn home which she transformed into an eponymous house museum (Flo Kasearu House Museum, 2013-ongoing), a women's shelter (“Festival of the Shelter”, Pärnu women’s shelter, 2018). An intervention titled "Great great great grandscribble-weasel" at the Koidula Museum (dedicated to Estonian poet Lydia Koidula) took place in Pärnu in 2018.<br><br>Flo Kasearu’s recent exhibitions and performances include "Endangered Species", solo exhibition at Tartu Art Museum (2020); "Performing the Fringe" at Konsthall C, Stockholm, curated by Jussi Koitela and Inga Lāce (2020); “There and Back Again”, group show curated by Kati Kivinen and Saara Hacklin, Kiasma, Helsinki (2018); “Soon enough”, group show curated by Maria Lind, Tensta Konsthall (2018); “State is Not a Work of Art”, group show curated by Katerina Gregos, Tallinn Art Hall (2018); “Members Only”, Performa 17 Biennial, curated by Esa Nickle and Maaike Gouwenberg, New York (2017).</p>