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 Anu Põder: Space for My Body

Online Symposium

23 March 2024, 10:00 am (CET)

 Anu Põder (1947-2013) is one of Estonia’s most revelatory voices of the last five decades. Her work has stood out since the 1970s as uniquely crafted, originally conceived, and deeply personal. Yet, because it was somehow out of sync with the then established art landscape in Estonia, it has been overlooked for many years. Põder is known for exploring the human body, highlighting the fragility, impermanence, and ephemerality of life in a series of highly evocative sculptures. Throughout her career, she employed unconventional materials such as textile, wax, plaster, soap, plastic, and wood to compose delicate assemblages. Working at the cusp of two major eras — the Soviet occupation of Estonia, which began in 1940, and the new independence gained in 1991 — Põder embraced the uncertainty of identity of the Estonian people, working as one of the very few women artists in a decidedly male context and focusing on female subjectivity alongside other international artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Louise Bourgeois, Ana Mendieta, and Alina Szapocznikow.

Exhibition of Anu Põder: Space for My Body at Muzeum Susch curated by Cecilia Alemani is the first major retrospective of the artist outside of her native country providing a comprehensive overview of her artistic career and a thought-provoking narrative highlighting her original contribution to the development of post-war art.

The one-day symposium devoted to the work of Põder, organised as part of the exhibition, and accompanying the artist’s monograph, aims to enhance the international reception of the artist's oeuvre and present it within a broader context open to new enriching interpretations.

For more information about the monograph book here

The symposium will be held in English.

Web-stream was hold 23 March 2024, 10 am (CET)

The symposium is recorded and available to watch online.


10:00 AM


Grażyna Kulczyk

Founder of Muzeum Susch

Chairwoman of the Board of Art Stations Foundation CH


Agnieszka Sosnowska

Curator of Disputaziuns Susch

 Cecilia Alemani

Curator of Anu Poder: Space for My Body exhibition

Part I


 Anu Põder: Life in Images

slide show based on Triin-Tulgiste-Toss text


Lecture: Cecilia Alemani

Anu Põder. Space for My Body


Lecture: Agata Jakubowska

Anu Põder and Other Women Artists Challenging Socialist Erotic Visual Culture


 Panel discussion:
Anu Põder in Context of Estonian Art

Participants: Edith Karlson, Katrin Kivimaa, Berit Teeäär.

Moderator: Maria Arusoo


lunch break


Screening: Interview with the artist Anu Põder, 2008.

Interviewed by Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova and Juta Kivimäe, Art Museum of Estonia Archives.

Part II


Panel discussion:

Anu Poder’s Outside the Iron Curtain – International Context

Participants: Manuela Moscoso, Andreas Nilsson, Matylda Taszycka

Moderator: Cecilia Alemani


Lecture: Anna Szyjkowska-Piotrowska

Anu Põder: Body-Object vs Body-Space


Panel discussion: 

 The Altered Form: Notion of the Body and Disfigurement in Anu Põder’s Oeuvre

Participants: Dina Akhmadeeva, Linda Kaljundi, Adomas Narkevičius, Anna Szyjkowska-Piotrowska

Moderator: Agnieszka Sosnowska


Panel discussion:

 On Ephemerality and Materiality of Anu Põder’s work

Participants: Anders Härm, Hilkka Hiiop, Maarja Kask

Moderator: Marika Kuźmicz


Online guided tour: 

Anu Põder: Space for My Body

↘ Participants

↘ Lecture: Cecilia Alemani 'Anu Põder. Space for My Body'

↘ Lecture: Agata Jakubowska 'Põder and Other Women Artists Challenging Socialist Erotic Visual Culture'

↘ Panel discussion: 'Anu Põder in Context of Estonian Art'

↘ Panel discussion: 'Anu Poder’s Outside the Iron Curtain – International Context'

↘ Lecture: Anna Szyjkowska-Piotrowska 'Anu Põder: Body-Object vs Body-Space'

↘ Panel discussion: 'The Altered Form: Notion of the Body and Disfigurement in Anu Põder’s Oeuvre'

↘ Panel discussion: 'On Ephemerality and Materiality of Anu Põder’s work'

↘ Online guided tour: 'Anu Põder: Space for My Body'