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Event around Glacier Elegies by Jaanika Peerna - book launch and performance

Performance by Jaanika Peerna and conversation with Joana P.R. Neves, followed by a drink, on May 19 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

To celebrate the launch of Jaanika Peerna's new monograph, Glacier Elegies (Terra Nova Press, 2022), we invite you to the Embassy of Estonia for a performance by the artist, followed by a book launch and a conversation between the artist and Joana P. R. Neves.

Jaanika Peerna will perform Glacier Elegy Paris at the beginning of the reception. Much of Jaanika Peerna's recent work is a lament to glaciers and natural ice. As with previous Glacier Elegy performances, a block of ice will be the central element of the evening's performance – held, offered and cherished by the artist to symbolize the melting of ice and glaciers. The block of ice will naturally melt for the duration of the performance and reception, and the audience will witness this erosion.

Peerna will further engage her audience by encouraging them to interact with the drawn sculptural elements she will wear during the event. By encouraging people to reshape these drawn elements as it moves through space with the ice, they will take on new shapes, while retaining the internal skeleton of the room. For Peerna, this ongoing fragmentation and change of the work represents how we ourselves can bring about change, forcing the public to consider its own role in the fight against climate change.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Jaanika Peerna and contributor Joana P.R. Neves, Artistic Director of Drawing Now Art Fair, to discuss the book Glacier Elegies and the broader themes it addresses.
The book deals with ecological mourning and examines how Peerna and other prominent contemporary artists have used the theme of ice to shed light on the global climate emergency. It includes essays by Robert MacFarlane, Janet Passehl, Celina Jeffrey, as well as an interview with Joana P.R. Neves, which situate Peerna's work and consider how creative acts imagine ecological relationships in the face of rapid changes in climate and the environment, while giving voice to the difficult emotions of fear, trauma, grief and grief. It shows how a contemporary artist in the prime of her life approaches the climate emergency.

The performance will be followed by a conversation between Jaanika Peerna and Joana P. R. Neves about the book and the artist's work, as well as a drink.


Embassy of Estonia
17, rue de la Baume
— 75008 Paris

Cover image, Jaanika Peerna, Glacier Elegies
Cover image - Jaanika Peerna ‘Glacier Elegies'
Jaanika Peerna portrait
Jaanika Peerna portrait
About the artist:

The work of Estonian artist Jaanika Peerna, based in New York, typically encompasses drawing, video, installation and performance.

She often addresses the theme of transitions in light, air, water and other natural phenomena. In her performances, she collaborates with designers, dancers and musicians.
Her work is also interested in environmental concerns and she now focuses on the problem of climate degradation in which we are all immersed. This is particularly evident in his "Glacier Elegy" projects and recent drawings, such as the "March Solace" and "Screech of Ice" series.

She has participated in numerous exhibitions: FRAC Picardie, France; Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; Artdepoo Gallery and Vana-Wõromaa Cultural Center, Estonia; Salon b, Montreal, Drawing Lab, Paris and Kentler International Drawing Space, New York. She has also participated in numerous performances: The Bronx Museum, New York; Hudson Valley Centre of Contemporary Art: Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT.
His works are part of important international collections, including the Bennetton Collection, Italy; the Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales; Garrison Art Center, New York; Kentler International Drawing Space, New York.