Temnikova & Kasela gallery was established in 2010 by Olga Temnikova, a graphic designer and artist with previous experience as a gallery director and Indrek Kasela, a creative entrepreneur, philanthropist, cinema owner and film producer. The gallery project emerged out of the necessity to provide professional representation for established and emerging artists from the region and to intensify their international visibility.
Temnikova & Kasela gallery’s program is international and based on a dialogue between local and global artists. The gallery is systematically working on fostering that dialogue. The program is driven by the attempt to reflect upon the current post-capitalist condition, putting it in perspective with Estonia’s political past and present as well is to reactualise the role of gallery’s so-called “peripheral” location vis-a-vis “accepted” art centres. At the same time the gallery is trying to critically analyse existing institutional patterns of production of local artistic discourse and discuss new options for career development.
The interdisciplinary program of the gallery connects artists of different generations and includes artists from the Baltic Sea region. Within the past 6 years exhibitions of international artists such as Merlin Carpenter, Josephine Pryde, Gili Tal, Georgie Nettell, Dan Mitchell, Ed Lehan and Sophie Jung were hosted. The program is built on a dialogue with the artists and their emotional and professional preferences, making gallery openings into meetings of friends, turning Tallinn into an exciting destination for artists.
The gallery is a frequent fair participant. The art fair portfolio consists of events such as Liste Basel, NADA Miami and New York, Artissima Torino, Frieze New York, Cosmoscow, Viennafair and Paris Internationale.