The Baron’s clothes

Between the 15th of July and the 31st of August we spent a six week MOKS residency in the small Estonian village of Mooste. Our work employed a variety of participative and interactive techniques to explore Estonian identity, and the relationships between people, place and history.

The Baron’s clothes

We started talking with two members of the Von Nolken family in Germany who gave us access to their family archives. The portrait shown below was taken of the last generation of Von Nolkens who resided in the manor.
Image: Courtesy of the Von Nolcken family (A portrait of the last family members to live in the manor)

On Estonian Independence Day we ran a photo-shoot in the residential area of Mooste, creating a series of displaced portraits in which local people are dressed in clothes that the last Von Nolken family might have posed in 100 years ago (or at least as near as could manage).

Special thanks go to the theatre in Tartu for lending us the costumes.

Further MOKS residency projects:


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Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley work internationally as interventionists and performance researchers specialising in site-specific and site-responsive art, alternative strategies for audience interaction and new forms of artistic collaboration.

The artistic process usually begins with a given site, and a process of observation and dialogue that analyses, and eventually responds, to the architectural, socio-political, geographical, mythological, connotative and historical narratives that can be found there.

Projects are quietly subversive, playfully readjusting the narrative and appreciation of a particular activity or a given site. The working process often involves those that live in an area, and aims to be accessible and relevant.

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