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Signals from the Periphery in Tallinn

The Tallinn Art Hall is hosting one of Estonia’s most comprehensive graphic design exhibition, with 100 designers and groups from 25 countries

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Text by Rab Messina
Photography by Karel Koplimets and Marianna Gunja

Signals from the Periphery, an exhibition at the Tallinn Art Hall, features the latest developments in Estonian graphic design —as well as a selection of graphic work from designers hailing from 25 other countries.

“We are surrounded by graphic design everywhere, [and since it is] located somewhere between art and the advertising work, it often plays an important role in determining the way we communicate information,” said Elisabeth Klement and Laura Pappa, the curators. “How often do we consider the user friendliness of an application or seek an artistic touch in an advertising campaign?”

Since 2011 the duo of graphic designers have headed the Asterisk Summer School in the Estonian capital, dedicated to studying the peripheries of graphic design —that is, works that break the traditional boundaries of the practice. They’ve followed course at Signals from the Periphery, displaying publications and websites but also hybrids, such as installations, video works, furniture, music and pieces of industrial design.

An example of those hybrid proposals are the Group Affinity benches by Manuel Raeder, made from leftover materials of past exhibitions. “It is a fascinating example of work that has its roots in both graphic and furniture design, but also has a social dimension,” the curators added.

Signals also features works from designers such as M-L-XL, Karel Martens, 019, Onomatopee and Bom Dia Boa Tarde Boa Noite.

The exhibition is open until August 13, 2017

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