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65 x 95 x 5 cm | Photography | 2018
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'Marta' is one of the 6 works of the project called 'Machine people'. Elo took six portraits of people working in the customer service sector and, in addition, recorded sounds of the machines common for that environment. In the process she also interviewed employers and employees. Many employees said that their rights have been violated, they were not treated according to law when receiving envelope wage from their employers. As a result, people got paid less for their sick- and annual leave. For women workers the envelope wage caused problems when planning parenthood. Employers said that it was not possible for them to pay the whole wage as a declared salary, because that would result in financial loss. People are treated like machines. Attitude towards employees is often irresponsible. When paying workers undeclared salary, they do not receive the accurate wage and social guarantees that should be granted for them. This work is the artist's statement and protest to what is happening to many people in Estonia. The problem of black money has always existed, but we haven't been enough brave to deal with it. In order to change anything, people need to show their initiative and do not agree with the situation. The project was supported by Go Group, Overall and Humalakoda.

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Born: 1986

member since: 2018


Elo Strauss was born in Rakvere, Estonia in 1986. She began her professional studies in Baltic Film and Media School majoring in sound engineering. However, soon after entering the school she felt that this wasn't something she wanted to do on a daily basis in the future. She decided to leave BFM and proceeded to think, experiment, and explore in order to discover what really interests and excites her. After a year of constant searching she focused only on the things that fed her spirit. Tons of music, movies, photography experiments, and books in a pile on the living room - this was her path to discover photography as her passion.

After this, she knew that her path must continue in the Estonian Academy of Arts and that decision played an important part of her growth and provided her with numerous opportunities. Strauss graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2018. At the moment she is working as a freelance photographer and developing her new art projects.

2015 - 2018 – Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA), photography, BA
2007 - 2014 – Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM), sound engineer

2018 – TASE’18 EKA graduation exhibition
2018 – ARS Film festival AFF
2017 – Group show “15cm – 3.6m”, ARS project room Professional experience: 2018 – 2019 ERASMUS+ internship in Pretty Portal gallery, Duesseldorf, Germany
2016 – ... Freelance photographer
2018 – ... editor 2018 – Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award 2018
2018 – Visa Pour I’Image 2018, Canon Students Programme, Perpignan, France
2017 – Erasmus+ youth exchange, Palermo, Italy (photo documentation)
2013 – IFFR, organizer of the festival events, volunteer
2012 – IFFR, Paper Tigers volunteer
2011 – PÖFF, sound and image quality controller
2010 – Film “Klass: elu pärast” audio operator assistant
2008 – Raadio 2, responsible for the issuer of the broadcast
2008 – “The key to the apple’s heart”, “Under the bridge”, “Sound Hill Force” sound director
2007 – Film “Kinnunen” audio operator assistant
2007 – Film “The Class” audio operator assistant


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