True copy of the original

  A review of the Signālpāri (Signaling Pairs) exhibition at the Office Gallery of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (12 May to 5 August 2016), featuring Latvian poet, artist and Orbīta textgroup participant Artūrs Punte, and Russian new media

Natural, cultural, technological meditations

Art Festival Cēsis celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with its annual contemporary art exhibition demonstrating new works especially commissioned from reputable Latvian artists; that means a guaranteed fresh experience and not a tour of well-known creations already existing in

Colour Me Naïve

Review on solo exhibition by Inga Meldere ‘House by the Waterfall or Colouring Books for Adults’ Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn Behind the monumental concrete walls of a Stalinist era building and a neon sign reading ‘Temnikova’ exists ‘Temnikova & Kasela’,

Exhibition RESTART at the Riga Art Space: An Intermedial Journey into Contemporary Photography

For Restart, a key exhibition of the Riga Photography Biennial 2016, the Riga Art Space hall has become a technologically mediated space where photography has been presented as a multidisciplinary medium of art. The exhibition serves as a prime example

A Range of Hybrid Choices

Tension. The Young in Latvian Painting III. Arsenāls Exhibition Hall of Latvian National Museum of Art, 01.04. – 29.05.2016. The pre-history of this show dates back to 2007 when the first exhibition of young painters’ works titled Našķu bumba /

Photography: Taken, not Made

The role of photography as a document is constantly overrated. The role of camera in photography is also overrated. Yes, of course, we could agree about the indexical nature of photographic images—camera always captures whatever is before the lens. But

O. P.

Winter, but it was raining. I wondered whether the pure subject of cognition and aesthetic intuition, “a head without the body of a winged angel” – as I have read somewhere,  might also catch a cold, and without solving this

The X Factor

Just as daisy-petal ‘loves me, loves me not’ fortunes are told, our society is engaged in a similar debate regarding the possibility and denial of imminent third World War outbreak. From the Paris terror attacks on the 13th of November

Fragmented Conformism

It seems that ‘in this part of the world’, referring to contemporary art as a product of the consumer society’s ideology is considered to be ill-mannered, subjecting to similar censorship all those aspects of artwork which refuse to fit inside

The Gap between ‘Contemporary’ and the ‘Avant-garde’

Some thoughts after the Second LCCA Summer School “This is Tomorrow!” in Cēsis (6 – 11 June, 2015) There is, of course, a certain amount of expectation and prejudice before attending academic endeavours organised in a group. The summer school in Cesis