Calliope Issue 2 – Tallinn

by Calliope Magazine


This issue explores the capital of Estonia - the City of Tallinn. Be it by Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, or America, the hearts and minds and lands of Estonia have been fought over for centuries. But it seems that Tallinn has been a place that, regardless of whoever is attempting to govern or influence it, and regardless of limitations (which are always), people have always found a means to create, and storytelling- in all its forms- has woven an Estonian narrative that has been essential to its survival as a modern state, and more, has helped to forge the identity of its people. Beyond that, and often more powerfully, it can frame certain fundamental existential questions. Both the language and culture persist, hand-in-hand, and continue to ask “what does it mean to be Estonian?”, concurrently with the even more potentially-treacherous, “What does it even mean to be alive at all?”

Tere, and welcome to Tallinn.


It is an abstract atlas of sorts, an incomplete compendium of a place. It is an international conspiracy. Calliope encompasses visual arts & written word, exploring: the natural and built environment, vernaculars old & new, our inevitable doom versus our appetite to illustrate modes of paradigmatic reformations, and our hunger to dismantle obsolete systems.