Flo Kasearu – Two People by the Beach, Nothing Else, 2017

<p>"Two People by the Beach, Nothing Else" follows two Estonian women in their seventies during a summer vacation in Turkey: floating on an inflatable mattress, enjoying a cigarette at a beachside bar and getting a full-body massage in a Turkish bath. Filmed by the artist as she accompanied her grandmother and great-aunt on a package tour in 2009, the footage includes images of aging bodies in both recreational and erotically charged situations — images not usually portrayed in commercial representations of summer vacationing. The artist shows the two elderly ladies enjoying their leisure time without judgment or pretense. The artist’s grandmother provided the captions explaining the images as she reviewed the video years after the vacation. Her struggle to recognize the people and situations due to her advancing blindness creates discrepancy between the text and images, becoming testimony to the passage of time.<br><br>Cheap flights and the relative affordability of countries such as Turkey and Egypt have made them popular summer destinations for the Estonian middle class. Kasearu’s focus on two retirees reveals the appeal of these package tours for the older generation.<br><br>This work was commissioned in 2017 for the exhibition "The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe" in Kumu Art Museum.</p><p></p><p>–</p><p><br></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>