Born 1985, Tallinn, Estonia.
Lives and works between Tallinn and New York. Kyp Malone Lemsalu (he/him)
Born 1973, Pennsylvania, USA.
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Kris Lemsalu & Kyp Malone have a collaborative and collective practice referencing fragments of cultures that shift over their multiple disciplines, ranging from ceramics and sculpture to moving image and sound. They create cosmologies of auto-fiction, storytelling, and reality that both blur the lines of living life and illuminate translocal traditions from across the globe.
Their installations often give space to osmosis as a strategy allowing the liminal spirits and animal kingdom to permeate the human world – questioning what happens when Nature becomes sentient as an artificial entity. Combining these foundations of myth-making, as a duo they often create site-specific works that are not immediately apparent in this surreal landscape. For ECLIPSE they looked at the socio-political results of communities that are often unseen or seen through the masks of their own making and also through a wider Greek lens. The work expresses vulnerability, power, empowerment, and the cultural rituals of one’s own narrative making.
Airing Dirty Laundry, 2021
Ceramic, metal, fabric, video, sound, 6’
Courtesy of the artists and Temnikova and Kasela gallery
Commissioned and produced for the Athens Biennale