Ilmar Raag's exhibition „Sündinud kõrbelliivaga silmades" (Born with desert sand in the eyes) North-Mali pictures from 2016 to 2017 will open on the 22nd of November at 16.00 in the art centre gallery of the University of Tartu (Uppsala 10, Tartu). The exhibition will be open to visitors from 9.00 - 17.00 until the 8th of February 2019.
Ilmar Raag has said about his exhibition: „The Tuaregs have a song, where it is said, that the people living in Sahara are born with sand in their eyes. In 2016 I was as a translator on the peace mission MINUSMA in Mali. I don't know if I can say, that it was interesting, but the position gave me an opportunity to drive around north Mali and meet various people. There were beauty and pain at the same time."
Ilmar Raag is the Professor of Liberal Arts of the University of Tartu for the current study year. He is giving in autumn and spring lectures and seminars on the topic „What is connecting us in a fragmented world? Methods and ethics of creating a fictive world". The series of meetings helps to understand social, semiotic and ethical aspect. In this frame, different stories obtain meaning in our culture. The autumn lectures are open to everyone.
Raag is a graduate of the University of Tartu, art history speciality from 1997. He developed his skills in Paris, in the universities of VIII Saint-Denis and III La Sorbonne Nouvelle. His master degree is from the Ohio University, USA. Ilmar Raag is an essayist, scenarist and director. In the years 2001 - 2005 he worked in Estonian state television as a programme director and the head of the board. Raag has been a lecturer in the University of Tartu and in the University of Tallinn, Baltic Film and Media School. He has worked as a strategic communication advisor for the government. He was as a translator on a mission in the Central African Republic and in 2016 in the Mali Republic. His most known movies are „Kertu", „Class" and „Une Estonienne à Paris".