Subversive Characters

As a reaction to globalisation, consumerism and suppressive systems we are interested in critical and sustainable tendencies, social uprisings and antiauthoritarian practices. We want to explore various european cities by researching and portraying alternate systems and subcultural strategies.

We are interested in the individuals involved in counter-movements, so they will be the focus of our investigations and photographic portraits. The different characters will be represented by important objects of their subversive practices. These items will be arranged to display the form of a Latin letter. So the human characters will be represented by typographic characters formed out of their personal belongings …

Obviously the aim of this artistic research project is to collect 26 characters in order to generate a European alphabet of subversion.

As we are following an anti-elitists approach to art, the letter forms of each city will be printed on posters to spread them locally and exhibit them in public space. Choosing this medium to distribute our work definitely addresses the history of posters in the realm of political and social resistances.

On www.subversive-characters.com we are building a platform of all portrayed subversive characters.

A (Siim Vatalin, Estonia)
B (Ilmar Part / Tartu Experimental Cycle Works NGO, Estonia)
C (Fideelia Signe Roots, Estonia)
D (Willy*Fred, Austria)
E (Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory, Austria)
F (Omas Gegen Rechts / Grannies against the Right, Austria)

2015 / Artist in Residence, Tartu AiR (Trükimuuseum, Tartu, Estonia)
2015 / exhibition “Subversive Characters A, B, C”, Trükimuuseum (Tartu, Estonia)
2018 / exhibition “Subversive Characters A–F”, Mz* Baltazars Laboratory (Vienna, Austria)