‘P’ as in ‘Art Days Deluxe’

Considering the media attention it seeks – and receives – one of the high-points in Latvia’s visual arts scene is the biannual Purvītis Prize. The nominees for the prize are chosen by a group of seven experts, which change for

The Many Histories of Photography

Book review Recently published volume of “The History of European Photography 1939-1969” is the most recent accomplishment in the ongoing project of writing the history of photography in European countries. It is already the second volume on European photography history

On Labyrinths… Indrikis Gelzis’ exhibition at “Vartai”

The first annoying thing about Indrikis Gelzis is that it is hard to obtain a continuous “narrative” in his exhibition. That is interesting. Gelzis is interesting, because it is hard to relate the exhibited works with concepts. That is annoying.

Hypnotic Beauty of the Concept

Exhibition “A Guide to making a Genie” (Gallery “427”, 12.12.2014.–6.2.2015.) Wizardry next to the Church of Jesus in Riga – the biggest wooden building in Latvia; on the Eve of New Year, gallery “427” hosted one of the conceptually most

How Fišers’ exhibition scared me of the realness lying within myself

Miķelis Fišers’ Solo Exhibition “Disgrace” at Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine The exhibition is set at the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine – one of the scariest places in Riga centre. I have no

Sculptures from the Digital Age: ‘Shift’ by Krists Pudzens

We are increasingly getting accustomed to seeing the technological clockwork hidden behind a sterile, functional shell. It is very rare to experience the techno-logic outside a computer lab or an assembly line – and to do it in a poetic,

Women Who Don’t Laugh

On Rasa Jansone’s personal exhibition “The Fog of Feeding” (Riga Art Space, 04.10-26.10.2014) and “To Art a Woman” (Art Academy of Latvia, 02.10.-24.10.2014, Curator: Elīna Ģibiete) “Wait, do we have to rape them all?” – these were the words by

Scattered Heritage: The Pioneer Camp of ReVision Seminar

The Forgotten Pioneer Movement (TFPM) is semantically grounded in the very last instance of collective experience under socialism: that of joining the mass youth organisations in various socialist countries, just before the fall of the Berlin wall and the dissolution

Culinary criticism: “The Amber Era” and Eriks Apaļais’s “Twigs”

Riga exhibition scene recalls sweet nostalgia Indrek Grigor suggests a tea cake and ice cream “The Amber Era” 19. SEPTEMBER – 26. OCTOBER. 2014 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design: Great Hall If you think that a proper food to

Benefit of the doubt: on the Urban Utopia seminar

Since year 1516 when Thomas More published his book Utopia the topic became a must for a left wing intellectuals. Discussions about perfect society constantly reemerges during the periods of crisis, fast transition and when individualism reaches excess. Utopia is