Marko Mäetamm

Marko Mäetamm (b. 1965, Estonia) lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia. He studied printmaking art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Marko Mäetamm’s art practice is very autobiographical, focusing on family life and society, exploring the grey area between what is private and public through a variety of media such as photography, sculpture, animations, painting, and text. His work is humorous despite its sometimes dark content, with stories, very personal and intimate at first sight, that are in fact relevant to each of us as they touch on some very basic human instincts. Often what they depict is so close to our experience that we don’t recognise it, or sometimes not so comfortable to talk about. Internationally renowned for his observations on domesticity - the politics of family life (especially his own) – more recently in his work he has been making explicit reference to current affairs in the world at large. His recent projects embody the angst we all feel as we swing wildly between everyday “little local difficulties” and the urgency of major international problems. Mäetamm has received numerous awards such as the Baltic Assembly Prize for the Arts (2009), and the Annual Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2011). In 2007 represented Estonia at the Venice Biennial.