Holger Kilumets

Holger Kilumets (b. 1992) is an Estonian lens based artist currently living and working in London, United Kingdom. He is about to earn his degree in BA Photography and Video Art at University of Bedfordshire. In 2013, Kilumets was selected as one of the artists of the Showcase programme at MK Gallery and had his first solo exhibition at MK Gallery’s Project Space.

Holger_Kilumets_1_oKodak Anniverssary Beach Ball, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_2_oStudy of a Female Nude I, 2014

Maps & Territories

Maps & Territories is an elaborate exploration of the meaning of representation through a series of slightly disparate images, designed to relate to each other through the notion of free association. Borrowing elements from the history of art, photographic practice and advertising imagery, the series attempts to reveal the fragility of the mechanisms that sustain representations.

Holger_Kilumets_3_oReference Targets, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_4_oTrichromatic Vision Model, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_5_oPruning, 2014

Representation, by its very definition, can’t be the thing it represents. Representations don’t merely recreate existing objects or elements of the phenomenal world; they beautify, improve upon, and universalize them. As a result, things get caught up in simulacrum, spectacle and fetish, creating a fictional world, a plastic postmodernity of illusions, appearances and images in which there is no capacity for a non-mediated relationship to reality.

Holger_Kilumets_6_oAtlas, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_7_oMimicry, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_8_oPalm Trees, 2014

In the contemporary world more and more things first become visible to us via the images we see of them. There is a shift towards the process of the replacement of an object by its image and representations in the form of photographs have become the main devices through which we perceive and interpret the world around us. Because of this it seems vital to face the fundamental questions about the act of representation, its influence on our perception and understanding of reality and the habitus, modalities and the productive capacity of it.

Holger_Kilumets_9_oPaper Sheet, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_10_oStudy of a Female Nude II, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_11_oPicket Fence, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_12_oSuprematist Composition, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_13_oBeach Balls, 2014
Holger_Kilumets_14_oUntitled (Red Shoes), 2014
Holger_Kilumets_15_oUntitled (Black Shoes), 2014

To view more of Holger’s work please visit his website.