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Mark Raidpere was born in Tallinn in 1975 where he lives and works.
He is one of the most representative Estonian artists of his generation, and the most well known internationally. Raidpere's photographic and video work explores with a great sensitivity and efficacy the dilemmas and anxieties of the human soul, its incoercible loneliness, its tragic fate. His research often takes its cue from his own family's universe but sometimes it takes on social connotations, focusing on marginalized people, urban violence and street life.
He has exhibited in various museums and institutions in Europe and America, including: the Witte de with in Rotterdam, the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig -MUMOK, in Vienna, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea in Santiago de Compostela, 2009; the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2008; the Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia 2007; the Michel Rein gallery, Paris, 2006-08; the Arts Santa Mònica in Barcelona, 2008; the III Prague Biennale, 2007; the Russian Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, the Platform Garanti, Istanbul and the Kiasma in Helsinki, 2006. He represented Estonia at the 51st Venice Biennale (2005).
His works belong to the collections of Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Muenchen, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Estonian Art Museum, among several others.
text by Eugenio Viola