Alexei Gordin


01.08.2018   - 30.09.2018

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 work 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.

As Alexei Gordin states:

My art is mostly characterized by ironic way of expression, inspired by life in today’s liberal society. I speculate on the meanings of a contemporary artist and modern human, using fictional characters to demonstrate situations and ideas that intrigue or disturb me. Using general themes like time, culture, politics and social traumas, I try to look deeper in the spirit of my epoch and its people’s mind, to find reasons for their behavior and ways of thinking.

Alexei Gordin, Artist’s Statement


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. September 25th – 29nd 2018, SomoS will present a solo exhibition of his work.

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