Obsessed with Change. Reflections on the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

  “Drastic change calls for extreme measures. Are we sure that we really want to change anything? (sic)” asks a good-looking young woman featuring in the video work Impotence (2017) by Belgian artist Ariane Loze, on view at the Zuzeum

How Portable is the Curators’ View?

 The exhibition ‘Portable Landscapes’ (Latvian National Museum of Art, 27 April to 17 June, 2018) focused on a rather unexpected, or at least eclectic, selection of Latvian exile and émigré personalities, and placed their stories in the broader context of the current

Photo reportage from the exhibition ‘Orient’ at kim? Contemporary Art Centre

Group show curated by Michal Novotny. Co-organised by Bozar, Brussels and Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow. 2 venues: Sporta iela 2 k-1, Riga Tallinas ielā 6, Riga 20/4 – 27/5 2018 Participating artists: Darja Bajagić, Wojciech Bąkowski, Ivana Bašić, Matei Bejenaru, Piotr

Another ethnographic heritage?

Undersong provides the most recent and contemporary engagement between art and ethnography in Northern Europe, contributing to an over a century and a half long scene. Looking to the south, you will see Poland’s development of the Zakopane style in

You Stream, I Browse. A review of the exhibition ‘I’m Only Streaming’ by Marko Mäetamm, at kim? Contemporary Art Centre

I’m Only Streaming is the first solo exhibition in Latvia by the renowned Estonian artist Marko Mäetamm. It’s Saturday morning, and I leave my children with their father in the park two blocks from the Kim? Contemporary Art Centre. It

Survival Kit 9: How Nature and Art Always Find a Way

The Latvian theatre and art critic Normunds Naumanis once compared art to mushrooms, saying that, just like mushrooms, art is a sometimes under-appreciated but ever-present part of human life. ‘Mushrooms are everything, and everything’s a mushroom. We can pretend not

European Cities at the Crossroads

Europeans tend to think of cities, especially those that stand out with their urban landscapes, as battlegrounds of fictitious powers, cunning politicians and nefarious business moguls. With compelling speed, gentrification policies eat up smaller and larger neighbourhoods, so far turning

Exit Closed. A review of Synchrodogs’ exhibition ‘Back to Nature’

The artistic duo Synchrodogs, whose exhibition Back to Nature was on view at kim? Contemporary Art Centre (until 9th July, 2017) in the frame of Riga Photomonth, are two Ukrainian-born artists Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven. Referred to as the

I Touch, You Touch, We All Touch

  The women-only exhibition, I Touch Myself, by five Latvian women artists – Ingrīda Pičukāne, Rasa Jansone, Inga Meldere, Eva Vēvere and Anda Magone – was exhibited to museum-going audiences at the Latvian National Museum of Art from the 9th

Krista Dzudzilo’s exhibition ‘The Sixth Creation of the World’. Review by Jānis Taurens

‘Die Welt zerfällt in Tatsachen.’ (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 1.2) One way to ‘write’ a review of Krista Dzudzilo’s The Sixth Creation of the World is to put on a recording of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 6, probably the first performance I

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