Artists

Kristīne Alksne un Margo (LV/DE) #

Meža Measure (Performance, instalācija, 2012)

Kristīne Alksne dzīvo un strādā Berlīnē. Beigusi Akadēmiju Brera di Belle Arti, Milāna, Itālijā, 7 Personālizstādes Itālijā un viena Latvijā, vairāk kā 60 grupu izstādes Eiropā un ASV, tai skaitā Moscow Biennale for Young Art 2012, MMOMA (Maskava), Modern Tape (Berlīne), South London Gallery

(Londona), Survival Kit 3, u.c. www.kristinealksne.com

Margo dzīvo un strādā Berlīnē. Studē antropoliģiju un operas režiju. Režiju, performanču, tekstu autore.

Liene Mackus (LV) #

Jump Into Cold Water. (Objects, animation, 2012)

Liene Mackus obtained MA in sculpture at the Latvian Academy of Art, also studying one term at Accademia di Belle Arte di Palermo in Italy. She works with plasticine animation she calls the moving sculpture. Has participated in projects “The Lion of Kabul”, “Basic Element” (group “Anna Varna”), “HUGO” (together with Maija Mackus and “Very Cool People”). Festivals and exhibitions: 2 ANNAS, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, “Gāzīte”, “Survival Kit 3”, etc.

Aija Bley (LV) #

Pool. (Video, 2012)

Aija Bley is a photographer, videoartists and film director. Graduated from Latvian Academy of Culture in film directing, studied art history at Latvian Academy of art. She has been author to numerous video  and animation films as well as documental films,she has been taking part in film expeditions in exotic places in extream conditions. Her works have been shown in numreous video and film festivals abroad. Time, life and reality per se is in center of Aija Bley’s works. She suceeds in capturing coloring of particualr subject of interest instead of projeting her own artistic view. One of her longterm interests are documentating footprints of soviet culture in nowaday life – that has been theme in her inidividual work as well as in „15 mad sheeps” – a collaboration project with documentary director Elvita Ruka. „15 mad sheeps” were travelouge telling about nowaday life and people, met while traveling in countries that used to be part of USSR. )

www.ontheroad.lv

Elīne Buka (LV) #

Hobby. (Photography series, 2012)

Elīne Buka has graduated the Riga Design and Art College, she has studied interrior desin in University of Latvia, one semester spending also at Politecnico di Milano in Milan. Since 2010 she is memeber of Ogre photography club. In photography she looks for a border between galore and mminimalism, between urban and regional, light and shadow, linear and square, socially developed and it’s contrary. E.Buka’s works have neem exhibited in solo show „Color” in restaurant KID, Riga, as well as in group shows in Ikšķile, Ogre and Laubere.

John Griznich (EE) , bērnu rīts (LV) and friends (EE & LV) #

Trajectories of tactilit.

John Grzinich is an artist and cultural coordinator working with various practices combining sound, image, site, and collaborative social structures since the early 1990s. maaheli.ee

Bērnu rīts (Children’s Morning, BR) is a sound makers’ group created by like-minded architects in Riga in 2007. BR unites prejudice-free people open to collaboration and experiments in the fields of sound, space and communication. BR performances are sort of rituals with the space and movements as the main participants but the most important method is a careful listening. Instruments and sound records are either home-made or found. The project’s structure and content of performances change with the surroundings, context and participants of the event.

Everyone who is able to step over established ideas and dares to reconsider their essence can take part in performances.

www.bernurits.com

 

Johanna Hästö (SE) #

Zipper Suit. (Performance, documentation, 2012)

Johanna Hästö grew up in Säter, a small town with a large mental hospital. I have been working as a guide in the hospital museum in Säter wich has influenced my art practice a lot. I am currently studying Masters of Fine Art at Umeå Art Academy and I am part of the artist run gallery Verkligheten in Umeå, Sweden.

Mihai Ieapure Gorski (RO) #

Absence from the art scene doesn’t mean I’m not here.  (Photography, 20XX.)

Excercise. Text, 20XX.

Mihai Ieapure Gorski: I was born on 28 december 1982 in Alba-Iulia. My family moved to Cluj-Napoca right after the fall of Ceausescu, in 1990. I still reside in Cluj-Napoca. As far as time is concerned art or making works of art is a secondary occupation for me. I somewhat enjoy the thought of having it be that way. Is is though a priority in my life as a whole. 

Søssa Jørgensen & Geir Tore Holm (NO) #

Sørfinnset skole/ the nord land.

Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen parallel to individual work that includes video, photography, sculpture, sound art, performance and installations, have mediated, written on and been teaching in contemporary art. By initiating Balkong in 1993, using their apartment as exhibition space, they brought up questions about what art can be. The contexts of artistic practice and work with art as dialogue in practice has been central issues. The homebased experiences led to many other activities. In 2003 they initiated Sørfinnset School/ the nord land in Gildeskål, Nordland. This ongoing project includes focus on exploitation of nature, exchanging of knowledge and small-scale architecture. They continue to work in the field of broad aesthetical understanding of realities of society, man and nature.

Geir Tore Holm (b. Tromsø, 1966) is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Søssa Jørgensen (b. Oslo, 1968) holds an MA in Landscape Architecture from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Ås. The artists are living at the farm Ringstad in Skiptvet, Østfold.

Jussi Kivi (FI) #

ROMANTIC GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY R.G.S.

Jussi Kivi lives and works in Finland. He studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1976–1978 and at the Finnish Art Academy School in 1978–1982. He walks in the footsteps of old landscape painters. He makes outdoor expeditions on foot and skis and records what he sees and experiences by drawing, photographing, writing and videotaping. His notes record the times, places, weather conditions and maps. They tell of both the ruggedness of nature and traces left by humans. Kivi’s conception of nature is not the opposite of civilization. Instead, it is somewhere between wild nature and human civilization. He has also written a trekking guide for art lovers (Kaunotaiteellinen eräretkeilyopas, 2004). Jussi Kivi’s work has been exhibitedin KIASMA (Helsinki), Veniece Biennalle Pori Art Museum,  Kunstverrein Haburg, etc.

KODEK (LV) #

Performs at the opening of festival on September 6th.

KODEK or Raivo Vainovskis is a nugget of gold in Latvia’s underground electronic music. Creating sounds that do not fit in any of the known genres, KODEK brings in music his own urgencies, surprising with his attitude towards accepted norms – during his performances he usually provokes listeners to re-examine their ideas of what is “normal”.

Laura Ķeniņš (LV) #

Mountaingorsk. (Drawings, 2012)

Laura Ķeniņš was born in Toronto, has lived and worked in Halifax, Canada, and Budapest, Hungary, and currently lives in Riga. She studied printmaking and photography at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and has worked primarily with comics and drawing, exhibiting work across Canada and publishing comics in Kuš magazine (Latvia), Don’t Touch Me Comics (Toronto), Matrix Magazine (Montreal), and other Canadian publications. She has worked as an art critic for publications across Canada and curated an exhibition of Baltic comics in Halifax and Vancouver in 2010. (L.Ķ.)

Madara Lesīte (LV) #

Urban Oasis. (Installation, 2012)

Madara Lesīte continues her studies in Department of Visual Comunication at Latvian Academy of Art. One semester she has spent in Berlin’s Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft. M. Lesite takes part in exhibitions since 2006. Her works have been shown in „TIKKO BŪS” (2011), „LAIKA NAV” (2011), „ Rudens, Recycle Process” (Laimīgās mākslas muzejs) , „Pārmija” (Riga Art Space) and others.

Maija Mackus (LV) #

Household Mary.

Maija Mackus has obtained MA in graphic arts at the Latvian Academy of Art, also studying one term at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Spain. Her earlier education includes environment design studies at Riga Art and Design Secondary School. She created HUGU bear design, plasticine animation (together with Liene Mackus), collaborates with musicians “Very Cool People”, Elīna Seile, S&T Syndicate. She also teaches drawing and art history at Mālpils Music and Art School. 

Maija Miķelsone (LV/FR) #

Maya Mikelsone (LV/FR), Ivars Grāvlejs (LV/CZ), Mickaël Marchand (FR). Superstructure.

Maya Mikelsone is a Latvian curator based in Paris. She has studied Philosophy of Art at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne followed by curatorial training program at École du Magasin. Lately she has been involved mainly in video projects.

Ivars Grāvlejs (LV/CZ) #

Maya Mikelsone (LV/FR), Ivars Grāvlejs (LV/CZ), Mickaël Marchand (FR). Superstructure.

Ivars Gravlejs had studied photography at Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). His latest exhibition «Riga» (in collaboration with eing artist Petra Petileta) was shown at Karlin Studios, Prague and at Riga Art Space.

Mickaël Marchand (FR) #

Maya Mikelsone (LV/FR), Ivars Grāvlejs (LV/CZ), Mickaël Marchand (FR). Superstructure.

Mickaël Marchand is a French artist based in Berlin where has completed his studies at Universität Der Kunste Berlin. Since then he had several exhibitions in Berlin and other European cities. His work was recently shown in «PPP» at Krome Gallery, Berlin.

Nira Pereg (IL) #

Sabbath 2008. (Video, 7’12’’, loop)

Nira Pereg’s work deals with ways that social structures intersect with the authority of the individual. Typically, her projects are documentary based, but transform reality into an quasi-theatrical events. Using complex editing techniques and various-scaled multimedia installations, Pereg’s interest in socials schemes draws on a unique and personal perspective. “Re-looking” is a primary concern in her work practice and her everyday life, and often builds on periods of intense travel and close  observations.

Pereg, born in in Israel, spent the 90s in New-York, where she  received a B.F.A from Cooper Union at New York USA. On her  return to Israel, she graduated from the Bezalel M.F.A studio program in Jerusalem, and has been teaching internationally  ever since.

Pereg’s works have been exhibited at PS 1 New York, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, DC, USA, HDK  Berlin, KW Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, the Israeli Museum of Art in Jerusalem, House Der Kunst Munchen, Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Kusntahlle Dusseldorf, The Israeli Museum and  the Tel-Aviv  Museum of Art, and at various festival  and  galleries, recently a receiver of the  Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation Israeli Art Prize for young artist.

Arturs Punte (LV) #

Birthday Greetings from the Bank. (Screenshot, 2012)

Arturs Punte (LV) is a poet, editor, curator, one of the founders and participants of the text group “Orbīta”. He writes and translates poetry in Russian and Latvian. Punte has graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. He has presented his poetry performances at literature and art projects in Riga, Vilnius, Berlin, Madrid, Dortmund, St. Petersburg and elsewhere. Punte is one of the curators of poetic video festival “Word in Motion”, has edited the verse collection “Par mums”, almanac “Orbīta”, anthology of Dmitri Rantsev’s articles “Kinotācijas”, anthology “Laikmetīgā krievu dzeja Latvijā 1985-2005”, etc. His texts have been published in the periodicals “Karogs”, “Satori”, “Daugava”, “World Literature Today”, “Sputnik”, etc. Punte’s works, including those created together with the text group “Orbīta”, fit equally well in the contexts of literature, visual and audio-visual arts and living arts (performances). 

Reloading Images #

Reloading Images: Kaya Behkalam (DE), Roberto Cavallini (IT), Azin Feizabadi (IR), Carla Esperanza Tommasini (IT) (Installation, 2012)

Reloading Images signifies an approach rather than a fixed agenda of theoretical questions or issues. The focal questions of each Reloading Images project differ and are based on the specific circumstances in which they are placed. Our previous projects have explored the complex web of unconscious influences, cultural phenomena, migratory forms, and subjective constructions of narratives that contemporary society is based on.

Since its inception, Reloading Images has been committed to foster mutual capacity between international artists to develop a reciprocal network of collaborative practices and artists’ initiatives focused on exchange, collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

Our strategy is delineated firstly through research and workshops; we seek to find ways of combining academic and artistic, experimental and applied, intuitive and research-based forms of discourse and display. We create temporary structures in which experiments can be undertaken, formats explored, forms of language and (visual) communication re-appropriated.

In the past we have organized exhibitions, conceived performative interventions, published books and implemented workshops. Among our recent collaboration partners have been the House of World Cultures Berlin, the European Cultural Foundation, the Prince Claus Fund Amsterdam and the European Delegation in Damascus, Maraa Media Collective (Bangalore), ASEF Foundation (Singapore) and ArtsNetworkAsia (Singapore).

Krišs Salmanis (LV) #

Long day. (Animation, 4 min, 2012)
in collaboration with HIAP, „Paths Crossing” Project

Krišs Salmanis uses animation, video, photography, objects as well as his body, trees etc in his art. However, it is neither the media used, nor the unifying themes, but rather the employed method  what characterizes the work of Krišs Salmanis.
In Latvian there is not an appropriate synonym for the word „joke” to denote that the element, which in Krišs Salmanis’ work can be perceived as irony or humour, is instead mental excersise, intellectual activity, wit as a twist of thought.

Another important aspect is formulated best by the artist himself, using Kurt Vonnegut’s idea of the complicated futility. The making of Krišs Salmanis’ work is often seemingly unnecessarily time- and effort-consuming. It is a kind of self-invented craftsmanship, which, even if unnoticed by the spectator, is a vital component of the final piece. The work of Krišs Salmanis is the process of thinking and the way of passing one’s life.

K. Salmanis has obtained an MA from the Department of Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia (2003), and has undertaken additional studies in Cologne Art Academy Media Department. Salmanis’ works have been exhibited in Latvia and abroad since 1996; his works are included in the collections of the Contemporary Art Museum of Latvia as well as the National Museum of Estonia. http://www.salmanis.com

Pilvi Takala (FI) #

The Trainee. (Installation, 2008)

Pilvi Takala was born in 1981 in Helsinki, lives and works in Amsterdam. She has completed BFA in 2005 as well as MFA in 2006 in the Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki).
 Starting from year 2006 she is having her solo exhibitions, in 2011 she had her exhibition Flip Side in Kunsthalle Lissabon and Sidelines Sørlandets in Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway. In 2012 she had „Broad Sense” exposed in Forum Box/Mediabox in Helsinki, as well as „Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in” in Kunsthalle Erfurti n Germany. The same year she had an exhibition „Suggested Value” in Künstlerhaus Bremen.

She has recieved several prizes: in 2011 Prix de Rome Visual Arts 1st Prize, NL, in 2011 Stuttgart Film Winter, Norman Prize for Best Short Film, in 2010 Kettupäivät Festival, Best Experimental Film, in 2007 Tampere Art Film Festival 1st Prize. (A.V.)

Ginta Tinte-Vasermane (LV/NL) #

In Between Things. (Video installation, 2012)

Ginta Tinte Vasermane, born in Riga and based in Amsterdam, received a BFA degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (2010) and is currently completing MA degree in Dutch Film and Television Academy. Recently have been nominated for Rene Coelho prize by Dutch Media Art Institute and had solo exhibition in Frankfurter Kunstverein.

While using mediums like moving image, film, installation and performance, her current works examines human behavioral and gestural codes in public places, our own created rules and roles, the relation of bodies to space and in diverse structures. (G.T.V.)

Gitte Villesen (DK) #

I had no other Choice than to Jump from one Pile to the Other, as there was Nothing in between. (Video, 2012)

Gitte Villesen’s documentary videos and installations can be understood as portraits in the broadest sense: they explore the form in which individuals or social groups give shape to their lives within the framework of their cultural possibilities. Yet their protagonists appear neither as heroic subjects nor as victims of circumstances. Instead, Villesen illuminates how subjects and identities are constituted in the everyday micro-politics of gestures, habits and rituals in the charged relationship between norm and deviation. At the same time, she carefully avoids social generalizations by situating the practice of documenting itself as exchange and encounter – as a specific form of social interaction, in which the forms of representation always become the subject of negotiation as well.

Julita Wójcik (PL) #

Idyll, August 3, 2004. (action in Nizny Tagil/Russia, DVD 3’55”)

Julita Wójcik introduces to her art a very personal, and thus very feminine, idiom. She reads from a private perspective the social conventions and codes, which she then ’familiarises’ and employs in her projects. Those are often very prosaic activities, typical for a ‘provincial girl,’ as the artist likes to call herself. Crocheting, sweeping up, cultivating a small vegetable garden, or setting up water holes in public places, building bird tables or flying kites are hardly activities one would think of as art, being more of everyday-life experiences, somewhat characteristic for a bygone era that is slowly falling into oblivion. The simple activities acquire a deeper meaning only when placed in an artistic context which, on the one hand, elevates them, and, on the other, strips art of its elitist quality. Demonstrating how art can negotiate with reality on an equal footing.

Kristīne Želve (LV) #

Summary. (video, performance, 2012)

Kristīne Želve is a director, writer and publicist. She has studied film direction under Ansis Epners at the Latvian Academy of Culture. Želve is the author of documentary films Fedja (Fedya, 2012), Sievas (Wives, 2008), Blondie stāsti (Blonde Stories, 2003), ES, episode Cietums (EU, episode ‘Prison’, 2004) a.o., as well as urban culture event Pur4ik 4ever (2011). Since 2011 Želve has presented the TV programme 100g kultūras. In 2011 Kristīne Želve published her first compilation of stories, Meitene, Kas Nogrieza Man Matus [The Girl Who Cut My Hair], which brought her a Latvian Literature Award nomination for Best Debut of 2011.

Agency (Int.) (BE) #

Assembly (Survival Kit 4), (assembly, 1992-).

Agency (Int.) is the generic name of a Brussels-based initiative that was founded in 1992 by Kobe Matthys. Agency constitutes a growing list of things that resist the split between the ontological classifications of nature and culture . This list of things is mostly derived from juridical processes, lawsuits, cases, controversies, affairs and so forth involving intellectual property issues (copyrights, patents, trade marks, etc...). The concept of intellectual property relies upon the fundamental assumption of the division between nature and culture and consequently between expressions and ideas, creations and facts, subjects and objects, humans and non-humans, originality and tradition, individuals and collectives, mind and body, fixations and processes, etc.... Each thing on the list invokes the moment of hesitation in terms of those divisions. Agency calls things forth from it’s list via varying assemblies inside exhibitions, performances, publications, etc... Each assembly speculates on a different question. Every question explores in a topological way the operative consequences of the apparatus of intellectual property for an ecology of art practices.

Inga Brūvere (LV) #

A Rose. (Installation, 2012)

Inga BRŪVERE is a painter and a curator.  She has graduated from the Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool and the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Painting. In the 90s the painting of Brūvere had a characteristically minimalistic, elastic form, which in the 2000s was replaced by an analytical and conceptual approach. By varying such basic elements of painting as color, relationships within the color spectrum, line and space, which align in new combinations, Inga Brūvere creates abstract, ornamental compositions, which can simultaneously be ‘read’ as a conceptual message.

Visual information creates an interplay or a confrontation with the verbal or conceptual meaning, for example, a kaleidoscope, game cubes or a word that turns into a certain image is like an illustration of the reality metaphor: forms created by geometric constructions simultaneously are an elusive illusion or a model, which the very next moment may fall apart and arrange themselves in new combinations.

Izolde Cēsniece (LV) #

Bear Slayer. Reread a Good Book! (Installation, 2012)

Izolde Cēsniece is an artist and educator. Graduated form Riga College of Apllied Arts and Department of Painting at Latvian  Art Academy. Since 1990ties have been reating stage design for numerous theater plays as well as design for international theatre festival „Homo Novus”, she has been taking part in group „LN Women’s league” that was brining up feministic perspective in arts. In last decade has been woking with socialy and plitically engaged art. I. Cēsniece has been writing for cultural press and is now teaching arts in Riga High School of Cultures. Izolde Cēsniece’s performanes, installations and site-specific objects are often devoted to recent social-political issues or often – more general clash inbetween deep-rooted traditions and contemporary changes. Her strategy is to bring up conflict in ironical or playful way thus suggesting a solution „the one who changes will persist”.

David Zink Yi (GE) #

La Cumbia. (one-channel video installation 3 min 20, 1999 / 2000)

David Zink Yi is born in Lima, Peru, studied at Kunst Akademie Munich, Unversitat der Kunste Berlin, masterclass of Lothar Baumgarten. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. David Zink Yi’s works have been exhibited in NBK Berlin, Kunstverein Hamburg, Kunst Halle SanktGallen, Johann Koening Berlin, etc.

Dace Džeriņa (LV) #

The Land of Happiness. (Video, 12’24’, 2008)

Dace Džeriņa is an artist and theatrical set designer, and she has been participating in exhibitions since 1998. She has finished Liepaja Applied Art School and the Department of Visual Communication of the Art Academy of Latvia. 

Her works may be characterized as feminine (yet not feministic) observations of things and processes with an integrated fragile emotionality and a distanced reflection. 

One of the dispositions of her works invites to enjoy and to consume art: processuality, engaging the viewer, presence of sociability and joy of life in these works activate the elements of play and interactivity, which allow not only to observe art, but also to use it. Another characteristic motif of her works is the focusing on an introvert perception of things through quite concrete physical states in the bodily reactions of the artist herself. 

The most recent works of Dance Džeriņa depict the orientation of perception towards observation and formation of order, structure and sequence, including in it an indefinable, yet an all-encompassing balance of fragility and imperturbability.

Elīna Eihmane (LV) #

Man in the Forest. (Video, 2012)

Elīna Eihmane has graduated from Baltic Media School (MA) and Latvian Academy of Culture (BA) in film directing. She has been  participant of Andrejs Grants’ (2Annas) photo studio.

Elīna Eihmane’ s photography could be characterized by „soapbox camera estetics”, documentation of everyday moments, palyfullness, deliberate naivite. Elīna Eihmane’s works have been shown in solo shows „Siltā āda” (together with Lailu Halilovu) (2007, LCCA Ēdnīca), „Kristians” (2005, gallery  Ag7), group exhibitions SURVIVAL KIT 2, SURVIVAL KIT1, „Mediums is a Message?” (LCCA, 2008), etc. Elīna Eihmane has directed several short films: „Gutenmorgen and third eye”, „Gutenmorgen and time machine”, „Jellycake”  etc.

Vladimirs Jakušonoks & Kristīne Liniņa (LV) #

Beggar. (Video projection, 20 min)

Vladimir Jakušonok is wider known as initiator and memeber of Bolderāja group. Bolderāja group is activly shaping and protectin environment of Bolderāja – both by  organizing art projects, exhibitions, excursions and protesting against environmental pollution and questionable city development plans.

Kristīne Liniņa has graduated in Philology, works as curator in exhibition department of Latvian National Library.

Rasa Jansone (LV) #

Something Does Remain. (Installation, 2012)

The works of Rasa Jansone, that is, paintings for the most part, are conceptual. The successive, slightly robust, and originally painted environment, featuring a range of ready-made artefacts and found objects, depicts anthropomorphic beings with large eyes and without mouths. The themes for the works spring from combination of reflection on personal experience with that of social and historical context. Literature plays a major role in the work of the artist. For instance, the exhibition Rear-View Mirror (2011, Nabaklab) was a direct transpiration from the novel by Gunther Grass Peeling the Onion.

Rasa’s work is characterized by a refined aesthetic of thinking. She expresses the subject of her work in a written or spoken manner that is both cultivated and literary self-contained. Most of her work and exhibitions, however, remain without written descriptions. As a result, while engagement with her work requires time and concentration, it brings forth unexpected surprises, sorrows and reflections. Her installations and spatial objects are fashioned along the same line. The artist has once said: “I think a lot about what is it that am I entitled to exhibit, these doubts are ever present with me. I don’t think that it should go without saying – hi, my name is so and so, now, please pay your attention to me”. Rasa Jansone has a Master’s degree from the Art Acadmey of Latvia (2002) and has graduated from the faculty of textile, Riga Design and Arts School (1996). Rasa exhibits her work and partakes in group exhibitions and projects since 2005. There is something to be said about Rasa’s life and artistic practice judging from the titles of her exhibitions: The Secret Life of Snow-White (Sniegbaltītes slepenā dzīve, 2005), Little People (Cilvēciņi, 2006), The Hopes of a Mother (Mammas cerības, 2007), Rear-View Mirror (Atpakaļskata spogulis, 2011). 

Alnis Stakle (LV) #

Not Even Something. (Photography, 2012)

Alnis Stakle through his talented, purposeful and persistent work of the past fifteen years, has succeeded in becoming one of the most influential photographers of the middle generation in Latvia. The artist lives and works in Daugavpils, which is where he developed his academic career.  The artist photographs everything – "Shots" (UK/USA), "Eyemazing" (NL), "Foto Kvartāls" (LV), "Studija" (LV), "Photography Now" (DE), etc. He has conducted photography and visual culture master classes in the UK, Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Latvia.

Zane Veldre (LV) #

Crisis Point. (Graphics, 2012)

Zane Veldre is still on her Master studies at Latvian Academy of Art. Zane Veldre has taken part in exhibitions SEB scholarship in painting”, „Most hidden dreams or what I have always wanted to show” (Nabaklab), „Young Latvian painters II URBANKIDS.” (LNMM Arsenāls), „Process” (Laimīgās mākslas muzejs”.

Kārlis Vītols (LV) #

Chakra. (Installation, 2012)

Kārlis Vītols was born in 1979. In 2001 he obtained a Master’s degree by graduating from the Graphic Arts Department and in 2003 he obtained a Master’s degree from the Department of Painting at the Arts Academy of Latvia. He has been taking part in exhibitions since 1997. He has organized five solo exhibitions that express a tendency to broaden the ideas touched upon in painting by means of other media – comics or animation. His works show a solid interest in mythical thinking and its development today. He has received several awards for his works in animation. His hobbies are making music, such as playing the harmonica and he makes use of these skills in film scoring. He uses the nickname Kloijhi.

wooloo (DK) #

NEW LIFE HORBELEV. (Presentation of a social experiment, 2012)

Wooloo is a Danish artist group founded in 2002 by Martin Rosengaard and Sixten Kai Nielsen. Wooloo creates social experiments in
collaborative participation. Wooloo acts as an intermediary creating infrastructure and conditions for social experimentation. Wooloo regards “hospitality” as the medium in which they operate. The New Life projects explore new ways of living together; these works
simultaneously re-examine established modes of living and interacting, and question their underlying political and economic structures. For Manifesta 8, Wooloo created New Life Residency (2010), a week-long non-visual residency program pairing blind local inhabitants of Murcia with artists living and working in complete darkness.

Mārtiņš Zutis (LV) #

Untitled. (Animation, 2012)

Mārtiņš Zutis continues his studies in the Master’s programme at the Arts Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication. His illustrations, comics and animation stay in mind because of their unusual characters and unexpected flashes of imagination; there are characteristic word games and often exact patterns are turned into visual language. The works of Mārtiņš Zutis are regularly published in the magazine of comic culture kuš!, his works were shown in the group exhibitions Laika nav (There is No Time, Department of Visual Communication, 2011), Eksplozīcija (Explosition, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2010), Stādions (Art Academy of Latvia, 2008), etc.

Arturs Bērziņš (LV) #

untitled. without signifigance. (paintings, 2012)

Arturs Bērziņš has graduated from the Latvian Academy of Art. Solo exhibitions: ‘works of minds’ at Tukums Art Museum and Olaine Museum of History and Art (2012); ‘works of sounds’ at Nabaklab exhibition hall (2011); ‘untitled (folk romanticism)’ at Riga Art Space, in Liepāja, Līvāni, Aizpute (2009); ‘outskirtism’ on the premises of SIA Ekodienests (2008), a.o.
Group exhibitions: ‘Is it that he does not seek the truth, but does want to influence?” (2012); ‘Itch’ (2007); ‘Candy Bomber’ (2008); ‘Survival Kit-3’ (2011) a.o. The artist received Diena Annual Culture Award and was nominated for Purvītis Prize for his exhibition ‘outskirtism’.

Krists Pudzens (LV) #

Internal Combustion Engine. (Object, 2012)

Krists Pudzens has graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia Sculpture Department, and is based in Riga. For the past six years he has explored the field of interactive and electronic art. His study is directed towards sculpture and the conceptual language of three dimensional forms, using a mix of many artistic and industrial techniques. He has participated in the arts and technology festivals Amber (2008 + 2009, Turkey) and PixelACHE2010, Helsinki (Finland). (ISEA2010)

Andris Eglītis (LV) #

Selected works from series Almost Perfect. (Paintings, 2012)

Andris Eglītis is a painter, whose works have recently been expanding into three-dimensional art objects. He has graduated from the Janis Rozentals Riga Art Highschool and the Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Painting, where he  currently works as a lecturer. He has studied in a post-academic programme at HISK in Ghent, Belgium. Since 2005 he has organized eight solo exhibitions, nearly each of which has been acknowledged as a meaningful event of the art life and he has taken part in numerous group exhibitions.  

The starting point of the works of Andris Eglītis has always been reality transferred into art via classical genres – portraits, still life and landscapes. Yet almost in each of the work cycles the artist makes use of a different method or technique, starting out with photorealistic and neo-academic forms and in recent years beginning to use earth materials, depicting not just an illusory, but also a physical, three-dimensional ‘life of things’, through which, in his own words, he “tries to understand the ungraspable – to reconcile the self, the little man with the rest of the world – the society, the history and the universe”. 

Atis Jākobsons (LV) #

Atis Jākobsons and Kate Krolle. Truth is simple. (Video installation, 2012)

Atis Jākobsons has obtained a Master’s degree in Painting from the Arts Academy of Latvia. He currently lives and works in Berlin. “In my work I pay special attention to the role of coincidence, subconsciousness and dreams within the process of artistic creation. I am interested not only in things that can be perceived visually. I address the essence of things, which often is difficult to perceive by reason only, therefore in certain moments of creativity this perception transforms, acquiring a purely intuitive form. At times I completely dismantle the surrounding reality in my paintings, allowing for whatever is behind it to reveal itself – something we cannot see, but only feel, only sense its existence. Whereas at different times I am overcome by an unexplainable desire to tell about something utterly simple and self-evident. For there is nothing absolute, unambiguous and indisputable; everything is subject to coincidence and the course of events is unpredictable. It is this magical mist that surrounds the emotions and fate of a human being that I would like to reveal in my work.“

Kate Krolle (LV) #

Atis Jākobsons and Kate Krolle. Truth is simple. (Video installation, 2012)

Kate Krolle currently lives and works in Paris. She has a Master’s degree from the Arts Academy of Latvia, Graphic Arts Department. During her studies she spent a year in the Academy of Art in Strasbourg. Kate Krolle’s art works often reminds of visual poems that reflects the unaccepted, incomprehensible and lonely side of human nature. Kate Krolle has worked in various media: graphic art, objects, installations, video. Additionally, in 2010 she was co-author of the theater play Hypnotize Me, creating the content, dialogues and the setting of the piece together with the director Valters Sīlis, as well as being one of the two actors to perform it. Participation in exhibitions  – Speed of Darkness (Turku, KUMU, Estonia, 2012), SURVIVALKIT 3, Es mirstu (esmu dzīvs) (I Am Dying (I Am Alive), VEF, 2010), Track Changes (GfZK, Leipzig, 2010), Metabolism, (Latvian National Museum of Art, 2010).  She has been an artist for short films Gutenmorgens and Jāņu diena (directed by Elīna Eihmane), Ģimenes portrets (Family Portrait, directed by Laura Zemvalde).

Jaime Pitarch (ES) #

Untitled. (Objects, 2012)

Jaime Pitarch's work includes sculpture, drawing, video and performance. Often using humble everyday objects such as a guitar, a chair, and household and consumer products, the artist employs inventive and witty strategies of displacement, recontextualization, and visual punning to peel away at their routine uses and meanings, posing what The Village Voice (writing about his 2006 solo show at the gallery) has called a series of "exquisite conundrums".

[Photo: Marc Ballo and Monica Cortés]

 

Klāvs Upacieris (LV) #

Choice. (Installation, 2012)

Klāvs Upacieris has graduated from Department of Visual Communication at Latvian Academy of Art. In his works he appearantly  deliberately  sticks  to simplicity and contemporary forms of naive art, following his own conviction that traditional drawing by hand still has a lot of unrealized potential. Subject of K.Upacieris’ works, put in his own words is „something that is noticed here and now” in the same time he avoids using clearly recognizable characters, considereing it as a function that is better left for words. Together with Brigita Zelča he has been taking part in SURVIVAL KIT 3 with interactive drawing installation where audience was invite to use a technique (well known since childhood) for obtaining colorful replicas of coins which were later used for creating a landscape of Latvia. Works of K.Upaciers have been exhibited also in exhibitions of Department of Visual Communicatin „Laika nav”, „Stādions”, as well as student-protest exhibitin „Kultūrbloks” in VEF territory as well as in exhibition „Rough art for rough men” in Brasa prison.

Ilze Vanaga (LV) #

KATRĪNA. (Fotogrāfija (festivāla avīzes 2. un 3. vāks), 2012)

Ilzes Vanagas radošais rokrasts veidojies savrup no Latvijas ierastajām (kaut neakdēmiskajām) skolām. Beigusi Mākslas zinātnes nodaļu Latvijas Mākslas akadēmijā, I.Vanaga vairākus gadus dzīvo Londonā, asistējot atīztiem modes fotogrāfiem. Paralēli aizsākās darbs pie personīgiem fotoprojektiem, vai drīzāk – personīgiem projektiem, kurā fotogrāfija ir bijis uzticams līdzdalībnieks. Tā piemēram, sērija “Bērnība ir kā pielādēts ierocis” ir liecinieks Ilzes Vanagas “ceļojumam savā pagātnē” caur Katrīnu – brāļa meitu pirmspubertātes vecumā. Līdz ar pēdējo fotoprojektu “Katrīna”, šķiet, mainās Ilzes Vanagas attiecības ar fotogrāfiju kā mediju: “Es vairs nejūtos komfortabli sevi dēvējot par fotogrāfi. Liekas nevietā ielikt dzīvi rāmjos, turklāt rāmjos, ka kaut kādu iemeslu dēļ man šķiet ļoti šauri.”

Ilzes Vanagas fotogrāfijas ir biušas skatāmas Londonas galerijas „Host Gallery” izstādē „Foto8 Summershow” 2010. gadā, izstādē „All Photographers Now!” Ņujorkas fotofestivāla ietvaros 2009. gadā, Totaldobžes mākslas centra izstādēs „Brīnišķīgais ceļojums”, 2010. gadā, „Es mirstu – es dzīvoju” (2011). I. Vanga radījusi fotogrāfijas Ketas Gūmanes un Mārtiņa Grauda īsfilmai “Lust Lust”, kopā ar modes dizaineri Ketu Gūtmani veidojusi viņa kolekciju fotomateriālus. Galerijā “AG7” 2007. gadā – I.Vanagas personālizstāde “Dažādas pasaules”, 2012. gadā “Katrīna” projekta “Borderlines’’ ietvaros tiks izstādīta Turcijā, Portugālē, Islandē un Latvijā.

Iliana Veinberga & Ainārs Kamoliņš (LV) #

Slow revolution. (2012)

Iliana Veinberga is an art historian, curator and art critic. She has obtained MA in Art History from the Art Academy of Latvia, where she currently is a PhD student. Veinberga’s academic interests include 20th century design history and industrially produced objects of Soviet era. She has participated in research projects, most notably „Documenting and preservation of the non-conformist heritage of the Soviet Period for the archive of the Contemporary Art Museum” carried out by the Latvian Centre for the Contemporary Art (2010). In 2011 she co-curated the exhibition „Modernization. Baltic Art, Architecture and Design in the 1960s-1970s” at National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania. Apart from academic duties she enjoys curating contemporary art exhibitions and collaborates on various art related projects, etc.

Ainārs Kamoliņš has obtained BA (2002) and MA (2006) degrees in philosophy from the University of Latvia. He teaches philosophy in various high schools and universities. His academical interests focus on questions raised by early modern philosophers. A. Kamoliņš regularly takes part in conferences, his papers have been published in conference proceedings, journals, mass media. In 2008 A.Kamoliņš took part in bio-art workshop organized by Symbiotica in Stavanger, Norway since then correlation inbetween philosophical theories and biology has become one of his interests.

Ainārs Kamoliņš has participated in SURVIVAL KIT 3 developing project together with Iliāna Veinberga.

Lumpish Band (LV) #

The project titled “Lumpish Band” was created deliberately in 2012 to educate, surprise and enchant the listener with magic beats, dreamy vocal and wonderful elements of sintypop in the 1980s style. The group’s core is two unusually talented musicians – Stinger and Chinaman who do not hesitate to experiment and are glad to collaborate with young, still little known musicians, like the twitter star EleVele and a couple of less known producers. Although stars of this scale are known to create little more than songs with texts like “babe, babe”, “Lumpish Band” likes the difficult themes – class struggle, conquering of the Universe, separation, love and dandelion sap.