For the eighth year in a row, the international contemporary art festival Survival Kit will take place in Riga. This year, from September 8 to 25, audiences will have an opportunity to visit a voluminous art exhibition and participate in a broad programme of events, which will entail film screenings, discussions, performances and other events. The festival this year will address acupuncture as a metaphor for determining the painful points of contemporary society and will gather approximately thirty Latvian and foreign artists. The festival is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and is curated by Solvita Krese and Inga Lāce.
“The recent societal interest in alternative medicine and esotericism is viewed critically, evaluating how initially spiritual practices like yoga are increasingly being commercialised. At the same time, the festival will address esoteric ideas as a phenomenon of counterculture, highlighting their holistic potential,” notes curator Inga Lāce. “It is not surprising that many artists include references to spiritualism and esotericism in their oeuvre, both seeking creative impulses and ironically referring to contemporary society’s obsession with the ‘new spirituality’. The exhibition will offer an insight into the knowledge of shamans and witches. Also, visitors will have the opportunity to undergo hypnosis, to get acquainted with the effects of psychotropic plants, to meditate under magic symbols and to unveil the magic tricks of the modern-day financial market,” adds curator Solvita Krese.