Ann Mirjam Vaikla (b. 1990) is an artist, scenographer and curator. She has been the director of Narva Art Residency (NART) since 2017. Her practice lies in the intersection of performing and visual arts working within various contexts at galleries, theatres and public spaces in Estonia and internationally. Nominated for a CEC ArtsLink fellowship, she is participating in a multi-year residency programme at the Triangle Arts Association (New York, NY) and Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana, CA) where she is researching the role and potential of social sculpture. In her research, she draws inspiration from her experience at NART, working mostly on curatorial projects that involve community engagement (Point of No Return. Attunement of Attention, 2021; WEEDS FEED!, 2021; Narva Urban Lab projects (Re)configuring Territories, 2019, and Narva–Detroit: Postindustrial Cities on the Border – Where to?, 2018). She studied Scenography (BA) at the Norwegian Theatre Academy and Culture and Arts (MA) at the Novia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. Her most recent works have been shown at the Kai Art Center (VII Artishok Biennial, Tallinn, 2020), Black Box Theatre (Oslo, 2020) and PQ (Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 2019).
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