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Photo: Mextonia

    Mextonia: Aaron Glasson

    Mextonia is the festival of "Transgrafiti Muralism" that took place in Tallinn in June 2017. The festival featured 60 transgrafiti artists from Estonia, México, and the rest of the world. Murals were produced in over 25 locations all over Tallinn and cover a total surface of more than five thousand square meters of wall. During the festival this public space/wall turned into a large mural.
    My painting on the Estonian Maritime Authority facing KUMU is about Kihnu, an Island to the South-West of Estonia that has a long and delicate relationship with the sea and outside world.
    Kihnu is regarded as one of the world’s last remaining matriarchal societies. Its economy is reliant on the island’s men, who spend most of their time fishing the Baltic Sea. Kihnu women work in the fields, raise the children, and essentially run the island. They’re also responsible for passing down centuries-old traditions to the island’s younger generations such as song, dance, and their colorful symbolic weaving. While many of Estonia's indigenous cultures were lost during the centuries of occupations and invasions, Kihnu persevered. The mural depicts three Kihnu women during summer the solstice which happened this past week. The central figure is Kihnu Virve a well known folk singer from the Island, another looks on at the summer solstice tradition of burning a boat while one levitates within a double helix of herring. 
    The concept being that like countless other island societies Kihnu is intertwined with the sea and dependent on a healthy marine eco-system for its survival. There are many external factors such as industrial fishing, pollution and climate change that threaten Kihnu's endurance into the future. Ocean conservation not only concerns the sea. It's also about the preservation of cultures, lively hoods, and ultimately human conservation.