My work is based on long term artist research, whereby first hand information from certain location is one of the most important components. This allows me to concentrate on some aspect of real, to amplify it and combine with secondary sources afterwards.
Objects, activities and spaces of my interest lay in everyday life, like search engine, energy use or iconic architecture. My aim is to think about them in larger relational networks, concentrating on their stealthy or hidden characteristics, like a huge data center, oil shale mine or terrorist attack.
I combine documentary and staged work - both in real life and through 3D animations.
My projects are processual, overlapping with each other, returning at some point in different combinations. I prefer to exhibit them as multi channel spatial installations combined with other mediums, that provide multiple perspectives. To introduce doubt, to peak behind representations.
Ivar Veermäe (born 1982 in Tallinn, lives and works in Berlin) received a BA in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2009 and a MA in 2014 at Spatial Strategies department in Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin. He has received various scholarships and grants – Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium Berlin in 2015, Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art Grant in 2014, Research Scholarship Berlin in 2017.
Ivar Veermäe had solo exhibitions in Edith-Russ-Haus, Oldenburg, Gallery im Turm, Berlin, Tallinn Art Hall Gallery, Freies Museum Berlin, and City Gallery of Tallinn, among others. His work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Riga Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, transmediale Festival in HKW, Moscow Biennale for Young Art, BIENALSUR in Buenos Aires, the Bozar in Brussels, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Art Museum of Estonia, Art Hall of Tallinn, the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Kulturhuset Bronden in Denmark, the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, the KunstvereinKassel, the Pinnacles Gallery in Australia.
His videos are being screened at the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin, in HeK Basel, transmediale Festival, AND Festival in Manchester, EMAF in Osnabrück, Kasseler Dokfest, Crosstalk festival in Budapest, in Virtual Memorial, Cambodia among others.