Exhibition of portraits of Estonian writers opens in Tammsaare Park today

© Dmitri Kotjuh

Today, an exhibition opened in Tammsaare Park in the heart of Tallinn, showing Estonian writers and literary figures who have performed at the HeadRead literary festival over the years. It is a selection of the collaboration between photographer Dmitri Kotjuh and the festival, which is in its ninth year by now. 

The exhibition shows a cross-section of the diverse literary scene in Estonia. There are portraits of prose writers Andrus Kivirähk, Kai Aareleid and Tiit Aleksejev, and poets Kristiina Ehin, fs and Paul-Eerik Rummo. In total, 23 people are represented, and it is only a small sample of the writers who have been guests at the festival over the years. 

Dmitri Kotjuh, whose day job is working as a press photographer at the Järva Teataja daily, has taken photos of the guests and events of the HeadRead literary festival for more than nine years now, and two years ago, the Tammsaare Park hosted an exhibition of his portraits of international guests of the festival.

This is Dmitri Kotjuh’s second exhibition this year. Early this spring, a travelling exhibition about Ukraine and the war opened at the Türi Cultural Centre. The display shows 90 photos taken by Kotjuh during his three visits to Ukraine over more than three months in total. The exhibition is currently on display at the Tori Community House and will be open to visitors on 5 May at the Pärnu Museum.

The exhibition of the HeadRead literary festival is open until 6 June. The initiator of the exhibition is Mari Rebane, with graphic and technical design by Ülar Linnuste (Joon Stuudio). The exhibition is supported by Kadrioru Park.

The HeadRead literary festival is held from 24 to 28 May in various locations across Tallinn. 


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