Nele Tiidelepp’s performance at Margot Samel

Nele Tiidelepp. Photo: Karin Laansoo


Nele Tiidelepp’s performance ‘Hair in My Mouth’ will take place at Margot Samel at 295 Church Street in NYC on Friday, November 17 at 7.30pm.


Nele Tiidelepp is a multidisciplinary artist who works with performance, sculpture and text. ‘Hair in My Mouth’  presents a performance examining issues of body and ownerships where hair is contrasted against narratives that lead to their enduring dominant symbolism. The performance is curated by Kerly Ritval.


The research for this work emerges from Estonian Folkloric songs that commonly describe daughters leaving the homes of their fathers for marriage. This traditional format is examined thorugh methods of looping sound and text. Together, these element will engage with the histories, symbolisms, and recurring structuring principles that these traditions carry with them to look at how we can move away from repeated patterns of domination.


Nele Tiidelepp (b. 1998, Estonia) is currently pursuing a graduate degree from Justus-Liebig Universität, Germany in performance and dance. She hold a bachelor’s degree in sculpture from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her work activates contemporary critical theory by using the human body as space and site for critiquing greater social and political control. Invested in social relations between individuals and communities, her work often engages multiple participants and prompts spontaneous reactions to materials and events. She has exhibited internationally, including in Estonia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland and Lithuania. For her work, she has been awarded the Young Tartu (2021), EAA Young Artist Prize (2020), SIIL prize (2019), and Millenium Prize (2019). She currently lives and works in Germany.


Kerly Ritval (b. 1996) is a curator and critic from Estonia. Her diverse interests encompass various subjects, primarily contemporary art, performance, and architecture. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art and Visual Culture Studies and Curatorial Studies, respectively, from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Kerly has worked in institutions such as the Museum of Estonian Architecture, Kondas Centre, Listval gallery in Reykjavik, and at the Estonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. She is a Baltic Fellow at Performa 2023


The performance is organized by the Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center (ECADC) / Kai Art Center.


Supported by Baltic Culture Fund and the Estonian Ministry of Culture.