Traces Exhibition

Traces Exhibition

The site-specific installation of Traces Project in Tallinn Portrait Gallery was a journey through light and dark in an ethereal ghost-house in Tallinn Old Town. On display was a visual dialogue between the creations of two sisters - the minimalist paintings of Sandra Sirp versus Helen Sirp’s composed imagery in collaboration with various photographers.
Helen Sirp Art Direction Styling & Interior Design

The route through the space was guided by a linear narrative of consecutive rooms with draped walls for blurred visibility. The rooms had suspended fabric panels in order to discover the work through translucent layers- just like faint memories revealing themselves only ever so slightly through a haze. Echoes of emotions, abstract flashes of memories, notions of moments past morphed into a minimal conceptual language, allowing the viewers to enter the conversation and fill in the gaps with their own intimate interpretations.

Helen Sirp Art Direction Styling & Set Design

The first room was a light ethereal room inside a room, with an interpretation of a home in the middle. Surreal objects were wrapped and covered, like in a derelict house, bringing the scenarios on the photographs to life. The second room took on a more graphic approach, introducing bold colours and shapes on shelves, a table and surfaces. The last room took the viewers into the darkness, where the work had to be explored using flashlights. A deep forest inspired eerie soundscape and a projection of shadows from the nature gave an added layer of mystery to the space.

Helen Sirp Art Direction Styling & Interior Design
Exhibition Photography: Tõnu Tunnel
Exhibition Soundscape: Mart Männik
Still Life Photography: Studio Prokopiou, Holger Kilumets, Iris Kivisalu & Sam Hofman