1970s Estonian psychedelic underground culture exhibition opens in London
The Red Gallery in Shoreditch in London’s East End opened an exhibition on Sept. 2 about the Soviet Union’s own hippie movement. The exhibition is curated by artist and composer Kiwa, and anthropologist and writer Terje Toomistu.
Historian Juliane Fürst of the University of Bristol and writer Vladimir Wiedemann appeared on opening night for talks about the history and nature of the movement. Also, Kiwa performed examples of experimental and psychedelic rock music created in Estonia during the Soviet period.
In addition to the unusual photographic material exhibited, the exhibition includes ethnographic research materials in the form of video interviews, as well as a choice of visual culture as created in Estonia in the 1970s and 80s.
The exhibition was first opened in 2013 by the Estonian National Museum. It has since travelled to Sweden, where it was shown at the Moderna Museet as well as the Uppsala art museum. Its last stop before London was Vancouver.
The exhibition is open until Sept. 18. More information here.