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

Dubious Friendships. On the “(Re)construction of Friendship” exhibition in Riga

This summer the group exhibition “(Re)construction of friendship” was site-specifically installed at the Corner House in Riga, the main building of the State Security Committee (SSC) until 1991 and one of the key attractions of “Riga 2014”. The mediated reconstruction

Culinary criticism: Elza Sīle and Little Vera

Just like the best wine can be ruined if served to the wrong dish, the best lunch or dinner can be ruined if you happen to visit a wrong exhibition before or after it.  To help avoid this confusion, culinary

Once in a Tavern

The Exhibition “In Search of the Horizon” at the Latvian Railway History Museum (23.05-20.07 2014) “The searching nature of art”, “works which could not… not be created”, “the essence of art”, “the presence of the divine in the work of

The Biennial: In Flux or Dead End Street?

International exhibition „Re: visited” at Riga Art Space 14 March – 27 April, 2014  Organized primarily by LCCA (Latvian Center for Contemporary Art), the exhibition “Re: visited,” curated by its director Solvita Krese, intends to question and understand the role

Galva Revisited: Helēna Demakova vs Solvita Krese

by Šelda Puķīte, Valts Miķelsons and Indrek Grigor Two strongly curated exhibitions of contemporary art are currently running in Riga. “Sveika, galva! / Greetings Head!” in Railway Museum, curated by Helena Demakova, and “Re: visited” in Riga Art Space, curated by Solvita Krese. The

In a Subway Tunnel with an Artificial Escort

“Underground” group exhibition at the kim? Contemporary Art Centre   I must begin with the fact that, in this case, it wouldn’t be correct to use the term “group exhibition”, bearing in mind the intention of the artists involved. There’s no