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EDITORIAL

EPIFANIO RECOMMENDS

Exaggerated images of the eastern bloc
Andri Luup

INTERVIEW WITH LEIPZIG-BASED PAINTER MATTHIAS LUDWIG
August Künnapu

EAST EUROPEAN ALEKSEJS NAUMOVS
Vilen Künnapu

MYSTIC SPHERE IN VÕRU
Diana Vene, Vilen Künnapu

INTERVIEW WITH BARRY THOMPSON
Harry Pye

HOW TO STARVE CONCEPTS AND FEED PEOPLE? * INTERVIEW WITH APHRA TESLA
Tanel Rander

We all are artists of life
Jürgen-Kristoffer Korstnik

NATO LUMI'S RESEARCH TRIP TO THE WILDERNESS OF EASTERN EUROPE
Nato Lumi

PAINTINGS BY AUGUST KÜNNAPU

TEAM

Epifanio 19 front cover Epifanio no 13 (2010) focused on Russian culture, whereas the current issue examines the essence of Eastern Europe. East-European vibration and perception have always been genuine, pure, honest and a bit wild.

The spiritual mentor Maria-Reene does not consider the present situation to be particularly rosy: “During the last 15 years, the East-European cultural space has been greatly influenced by Western understanding and value judgements. Hence correctness and a clear dividing line are fading. At the moment, the East-European cultural space is quite static and abstract. For a long time, Eastern Europe has managed to keep its cultural space in certain form, but because of norms imposed by the West everything is changing. East-European cultural space is directed softly at people as personalities, whereas West-European cultural space is more aimed at masses, like consumer goods. And West-European cultural space lacks contextual purity and concrete message.”

The new Epifanio examines Eastern Europe through exciting creative people. I conducted an interview with the painter Matthias Ludwig, representative of the New Leipzig* School. We talked about his childhood in a small town in East Germany, his studies in Leipzig in the 1990s, the phenomenon of the New Leipzig School and his creative principles. In his opinion, today's Leipzig fits into modern East-European concept with its well-functioning artistic and cultural life, which is more friendly than competing. He mentioned Spinnerei as an example, a former factory area in the western part of the city with its galleries, artists' studios, handicraft shops, cinema and cafe. Vilen Künnapu talked to his Latvian colleague Aleksejs Naumovs, who paints in plein air in Italy, France and elsewhere in the world. His large-format pictures of nature and architecture possess excellent genius loci and the power of generalisation. Tanel Rander interviewed his kindred spirit, Slovenian poet, musician and artist Aphra Tesla. Among architectural projects we point out Diana Vene's Globe in Võru, her MA work at the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences. Jan Kaus analyses and Vilen Künnapu comments the great novel “The Fountainhead”, written nearly 80 years ago by Ayn Rand who was born in Russia and worked in America. The prototype of the protagonist is architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This is an ode to being and staying your own self, which is crucial at our present time. We strongly recommend it to all beginner creators.

We publish extracts from Jürgen-Kristoffer Korstnik's soon to be ready debut book “Handbook of an Artist of Life”, examining man's ability to cope through creativity.

August Künnapu

August Künnapu. Photo: Alberto Künnapu

Andri Luup compares the Eastern bloc and the Western wing as follows: “East offers a pretty fairytale, believes in ideals; west offers existential emptiness without any ideals. Those who live between or on the east-west border have a choice - “a fairytale with an appealing promise” or “total emptiness without a single promise””.

Nato Lumi, world traveller, member of several think-tanks and owner of a sonar, went on a research trip to Eastern Europe, got stung by a wasp and left, enriched by another experience.

I hope that the pure East-European creativity is soon restored and will cancel out the influence of euro-directives and conjunctural experts.

* A significant cultural centre in the Eastern bloc where, among others, young Estonian graphic artists Illimar Paul, Rein Mägar and Ülo Emmus studied in the 1960s-1970s.

August Künnapu / editor

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