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

The Battle of the Amazons: Literature in Latvian Contemporary Art

… Ihr schatten, Groß, wie ein Riese, in der Morgensonne, Erschlägt ihn schon! … (Kleist. Penthesilea) To a certain extent, my essay has been written in the shadow of the Purvītis Prize and the exhibition featuring the artists who were

Reflections on Dissolution

Jānis Avotiņš’ solo exhibition Wanderers in Space-time (curator Sniedze Kāle), Mūkusala Art Salon, 3 February–11 March 2017 A rare opportunity to see artworks mostly circulated outside Latvia makes this show stand out within Riga’s exhibition scene. While Latvian art is

The metaphorical extinction of Latvia

Review of the exhibition ‘To My Homeland’ by Ivars Drulle Gallery Alma, 30.11.2016.-20.01.2017. Ivars Drulle’s exhibition To My Homeland invites his countrymen and foreigners alike to take a look at a theme no one really wants to discuss, think about

Caution: Family. Risk of Explosion!

Rasa Jansone, Families. Mummy Has a Hump. The Child’s Playing for Power. Daddy’s Protected by Someone. Cēsis Exhibition Hall from November 25th to December 31st. When wandering among these large-format portraits – all of them so charged and full of

Enlightenment in Time of the Dead

Often when intense fall commences and autumn enters its darkest days and nights, many towns and cities across the world embark on celebrating the festival of light. In October and November in Latvia, this period of contemplation is also known

Soulpeek

A review of the exhibition Didn’t Have Wi-Fi So I Started to Paint, 14.10-29.10.2016, C.C. von Stritzky villa During the time when my Internet disappears, I usually read. Luckily, network problems are rare, and even then I can still use