Estonian visual artist Alexei Gordin (b. 1989, Tomsk) lives and works in Tallinn. He has studied painting at the Estonian Art Academy. In his sardonic work, he employs different mediums such as painting, drawing, photo, video, and performance.
Gordin’s practice is informed by the problematic sides of contemporary liberal society that he portrays through ironic narratives and frequent use of antihero figures. The difficult relationships between artist and market, and the self image and societal role of the artist are explored in a deliberately ironic and in your face way, raising important questions about the validity of art’s rarely questioned conventions in a rapidly changing world.
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Alexei Gordin is the winner of the 2017 Young Painter Prize. The Young Painter Prize has been held since 2009 and is one of the most important art events in the Baltic countries, uniting Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian young artists. Part of the prize is a August/September 2018 sojourn as Artist-in-Residence at SomoS in Berlin.
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