Curriculum Vitae

Ville-Karel Viirelaid
31.10.1981 Pärnu, Estonia

Phone: +358 40 192 9993

2019 Tampere Vocational College; Printing production
2007- 2011 Estonian Academy of Arts; Interdisciplinary Arts MA (thesis in process)
2004- 2005 Estonian Academy of Arts; Fine Arts BA
2002- 2004 Academia Grata; Fine Arts BA
Exchange studies
2003 Saimaa University of Applied Sciences; Fine Arts
2005 Bratislava Academy of Arts; Fine Arts

Art is a lifestyle as well as a philosophical practice. Artist must be an independent thinker who promotes an alternative point of view.
I support grass root activism as a balance to the established art world.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS (13 personal exhibitions since 2003, selection below)
2019 “Soy Boy Apocalypse” Sarvis Psykiatria- ja päihdekeskus, Tampere, Finland
2018 “Soy Boy Apocalypse” Gallery METROPOL, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 “Kukkia ja siemeniä” Onni Galleria, Pukkila, Finland
2015 “Monologi tuntemattoman kanssa” Gallery Johanna, Hämeenlinna, Finland
2013 “Maagiline kontseptualism” Pärnu Town Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia
2013 “Abrakadabra, mister Universum” Tartu Artist House, Monumentaal Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2007 “Voluntary auto-focus” Draakon Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS (60 collective exhibitions since 2003, selection below)
2016 “Peculiarities of southwest Estonian anarchism” Batumi Art Space, Batumi, Georgia;
National Centre for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, Russia
2012 “Eesti kunstiskeenede arheoloogia” KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 “ISSUE- Open Demonstration Forum” Gallery Rajatila, Tampere, Finland
2010 ”21. sajandi kunstnikud Tartu kunstimuuseumi kogudest” Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia.
2007 “Open Space festival of free arts”, Berlin, Germany
2005 “Freie Wille” Berlin Arena, Berlin, Germany

PERFORMANCES (120 performances since 2003, selection below)
2019 “Raadio” New World Spectacle Art Festival, Tampere, Finland
2017 “Estonian Terrorist” Gallery Sorbus, Helsinki
2015 “OBEY!” Performanssifiesta, Tampere, Finland
2014 “The truth about Non Grata”, Survival Performance Art Festival, Berlin, Germany
2011 “Entertainment – IX“ Korea Experimental Arts Festival, Seoul, South-Korea
2007 “New York Blood CnOPT”, Grace Space, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
2005 “Queers” Be Queer Festival, “Stubnitz”, Dunkirk, France

2019 ”New World Spectacle” International Performance Art Festival, Tampere, Finland (organizer)
2013 “Lahjomattomat/ Untouchables”, Group exhibition, Gallery 3H+K, Pori, Finland (organizer)
2008 ”Global Container I-II” International Live Art Festival, NG Art Container, Tallinn, Estonia (organizer)
2007- 2008 NG Art Container gallery, Tallinn, Estonia (gallerist & curator)
2007 Ville Karel Ghetto Space, Project Space, Pärnu, Estonia (gallerist, curator)
2005- 2006 Galerii CnOPT, Tallinn, Estonia (gallerist, curator)
2004; 2007; 2011 Pärnu International Film & Videofestival, Pärnu, Estonia (organizer)

2020– Mäntän Taideseura
2019– Tampereen Taiteilijaseura
2006-2013 CnOPT Artist Group
2002-2012 Non Grata Artist Group
2006-2008 Art Container MTÜ Member of the Board of Non Profit Organization
2002-2006 F.L.Ü. Artist Group

2019 Tampereen Kaupunki, Production grant
2007 Estonian National Art Prize as a member of artist group Non Grata
Nordic Culture Point, mobility grants
Eesti Kultuurkapital, project grants
Eesti kultuuriministeerium, project grants

Estonian Art Museum, many private collections

PUBLICATIONS (selection)
NON GRATA Art of the Invisibles II – III- collaboration for artist group`s catalogues
Hit Me I-II – self published poetry collection in English
Kakaonu – translation of comic book by Pauli Hirtolahti
Sünged mängud -collection of novels in collaboration with Marian Kivila and Sandra Vellevoog

2016- 2018 Wiirelaid Works, Entrepreneur. Full graphic design services for small businesses.
2013- 2015 Andrus Joonas, Artist`s assistant.
2013-2014 Gutenbergipojad OÜ, Book printing and binding for a small publishing company.
2013; 2014 Parnu Town Gallery, Exhibition assistant.
2012 Nyte Ry, Lector of performance art course.
2008 Estonian Academy of Arts, selective performance art course lector.

CV -long version