Survival Kit 9 announces artist list #

2017-05-25 12:07

In September, for already the ninth year the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art will be holding the largest annual contemporary art event in the Baltics Survival Kit. This year it has been titled “Becoming an Apricot * an Apple * a Crow * a Tree * a Cockroach * a Glacier * a Plant * a Mushroom * a Shell * a Bird * Algae ”, and will be directed towards the broadening of perception and learning from nature.

The curatorial team of Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Solvita Krese and Inga Lāce reveal that the participants of this year's international art exhibition will include Maria Thereza Alves, Laurie Anderson, Jonathas de Andrade, Lotta Antonsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Juris Boiko, Andris Eglītis, Ieva Epnere, Annika Eriksson, Andris Grīnbergs / Laima Žurgina, Jim Holyoak, Nona Inescu, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Christine Ödlund, Jean Painlevé, Andrej Polukord, Krišs Salmanis, Ehsan Ul Haq, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, James Webb, Gernot Wieland, Wong Kit Yi and others.

The intertwined relationship between nature and culture might be better understood by looking at the politics of nature throughout history. Can art encourage us to think beyond this division? Could viable alternatives to the conditions of the present day be found by embracing the embodied knowledge of other species or types of being? Learning by becoming – whether becoming a plant, an animal, or a mineral – allows us different sensibilities. Survival Kit 9 proposes future ecologies in which equality and rights are not limited to humankind.

Can we develop a more holistic understanding of the world by avoiding human-centred learning processes and empathizing with other forms of existence? We live in a time characterized by populism, shortsighted nationalism and the ongoing exploitation of nature, therefore the 9th edition of the contemporary art festival Survival Kit begins from tactile and tacit experiences in order to seek the potential of alternative ways of learning and perceiving,” the festival's curatorial team explains.

The curators of the international art festival point out that rather than staking claim to alternative facts, they wish to introduce elements of doubt – embracing the humility of not knowing while remaining willing to learn.

Survival Kit 9 will take place from 8 September to 1 October at the former building of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Latvia. An especially broad programme of events will take place during the opening weekend of the festival from 8 to 10 September including guided tours with the curators, talks, discussions and other events. Media representatives interested in covering the festival, as well as for further information and partnership opportunities please contact marta.krivade[@], tel. +371 26486312 


Jonatan Habib Engqvist joins the team of curators at festival Survival Kit 9 #

2017-02-20 12:11

Photo: Nina Broberg

We are happy to announce, that this year Jonatan Habib Engqvist will join the team of curators – Solvita Krese, director of LCCA, and Inga Lāce.

Although the LCCA has previously joined forces with foreign curators, this year the collaboration will be much closer, in the words Krese and Lāce: "We chose to invite Engqvist to join the team because of his broad international experience. Working with Jonatan is a particular pleasure because of his dynamic and inspiring personality as well as his unusual way of thinking. He has a lively interest in artists and their work, complemented by theoretical knowledge in the fields of art, politics and philosophy. The new collaboration brings fresh perspectives and language to Survival Kit 9 that everyone will be able to see already in September.”

Jonatan Habib Engqvist is an independent curator and writer. He is currently co-curator of the process-based biennale Sinopale 6 in Turkey, organising New Småland – a series of events in collaboration between 4 art institutions in southern Sweden and running the small-scale curatorial residency CRIS in Stockholm. He was co-curator of the Momentum biennale 2015, project manager for visual art at Iaspis (2009-2014), curator of Reykjavík Arts Festival 2012, and has been employed as curator at Moderna Museet (2008-09). He has written for and edited several books and journals, is editor in mischief at and teaches regularly at The Royal Institute of Fine Art in Stockholm. Recent shows include a public sculpture on the town hall in the city of Jönköping, Sweden, by Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus and Richard Wilhelmer as well as solo exhibitions with Bouchra Khalili at Färgfarbriken, Stockolm, 2016, Raluca Popa, RCI, Stockholm and A Kassen at the National Gallery of Iceland, 2015.