Photo reportage from Survival Kit 6

For the sixth year now, the Survival Kit International Contemporary Art Festival takes place in Rīga. The festival runs from 4th to the 27th September, and this year forms part of the Rīga 2014 European Capital of Culture programme. More than seventy participants from twenty five countries are taking part in the festival, with the Utopian City, as this year’s theme. Participants include – Isola Art Centre (Italy), Nir Evron (Israel), Andreas Angelidakis (Greece), Ukrainian artists group Predmetiv, Belgian artists Anouk De Clercq and Aglaia Konrad, Julita Wojcik (Poland) and others.

‘Survival Kit’ is an annual contemporary art festival that has been organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art since 2009, when it began as a reaction to the global economic crisis which forced the public to find new survival strategies and encouraged artists to discover new ways of existing. The festival’s strategy each year has been to highlight an area in Rīga where there are empty buildings, linking this with the city’s development and urban planning trends and problems, and providing alternative scenarios. Rīga is one of the rare European capital cities which lack such institutions as a contemporary art museum and a concert hall, and is the reason why two different buildings have been purposefully selected for the festival event this year to highlight this problem. The two venues are – Vāgnera Hall and the former Boļševička Textile Factory which is being considered as a possible site for the contemporary art museum.

The artists, whose works are represented at the festival, are Aglaia Konrad (BE), Alicja Karska & Aleksandra Went (PL), Alnis Stakle (LV), Alte Schweden (SE), Andreas Angelidakis (NO, GR), Anouk de Clercq (BE), Augustas Serapinas (LT), Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Búrca (BR/DE), Catalina Niculescu (RO), Evelīna Deičmane (LV), Ēriks Božis (LV), Hiwa K (IQ), Grzegorz Klaman (PL), Inga Erdmane (LV), Isola Art Centre (IT), Janin Walter (DE), Jesper Just (DK), Jun Yang (CN), Katarina Lundgren (SE), Katrīna Neiburga & Andris Eglītis (LV), Kristīne Alksne (LV), Lawrence James Bailey (NL), Łukasz Surowiec (PL), Maider López (ES), Mariam Natroshvili & Detu Jintcharadze (GE), Mārtiņš Roķis (LV), Nicolas Grospierre (PL), Nir Evron (IL), Reinis Hofmanis (LV), Timo Toots (EE), Topp& Dubio (NL), Visible Solutions (EE) and others.

Solvita Krese, curator of the Survival Kit Festival comments on this year’s theme, Utopian City, as follows: “Looking back at the history of utopian ideas, we end up in the relatively recent past. There we can find surprising modernist visions, the splendour and failure of the dominating ideology, and searches for alternative living spaces and awareness of places through the framework of various subcultures.” The co-curator of the Festival is Aneta Szylak, Director of the Alternativa Festival in Poland. For the first time, the festival will also be taking place in Umea, where it is being organised by Verkligheten, Bildmuseet and partners.

Survival Kit is the most noticeable and internationally best-known contemporary art festival in Latvia. Each year, the Festival attracts and involves up to 15,000 visitors. The festival is organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, an internationally active non-government cultural organization, which provides an independent viewpoint on current and recent events through the prism of art. www.survivalkit.lv www.lcca.lv

Skats no izstādes, foto Didzis Grodzs

View from exhibition. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Andreas Angelidakis "Athens Trilogy", photo Didzis Grodzs

Andreas Angelidakis, Athens Trilogy. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Inga Erdmane "Firewood currency", photo Didzis Grodzs

Inga Erdmane, Firewood currency. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Skats no izstādes? photo Didzis Grodzs

View from exhibition. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

 

Isola Art Centre "Utopia Just Left the Building", photo Didzis Grodzs

Isola Art Centre, Utopia Just Left the Building. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Kristīne Alksne "Boļševička Enlightenment", photo Andrejs Strokins

Kristīne Alksne, Boļševička Enlightenment. Photograph by Andrejs Strokins

Łukasz Surowiec "Happy New Year", photo Andrejs Strokins

Łukasz Surowiec, Happy New Year. Photograph by Andrejs Strokins

Hiwa K "One Room Apartment", photo Didzis Grodzs

Hiwa K, One Room Apartment. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Katrīna Neiburga, Andris Eglītis "Untitled"fragment from installation), photo Didzis Grodzs

Katrīna Neiburga, Andris Eglītis, Untitled. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Katrīna Neiburga, Andris Eglītis "Untitled"fragment from installation), photo Didzis Grodzs

Katrīna Neiburga and Andris Eglītis, Untitled. Photograph by Didzis Grozds

Katrīna Neiburga, Andris Eglītis "Untitled"fragment from installation), photo Didzis Grodzs

Katrīna Neiburga and Andris Eglītis, Untitled. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Linda Konone "Inhabiting Places and Spaces", photo Andrejs Strokins

Linda Konone, Inhabiting Places and Spaces. Photograph by Andrejs Strokins

Evelīna Deičmane, Rasa Jansone "Chimney", photo Andrejs Strokins

Evelīna Deičmane and Rasa Jansone, Chimney. Photograph by Andrejs Strokins

Evelīna Deičmane, Rasa Jansone "Chimney"(fragment from installation), photo Didzis Grodzs

Evelīna Deičmane and Rasa Jansone, Chimney. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Laura Feldberga "Dust Therapy", photo Didzis Grodzs

Laura Feldberga, Dust Therapy. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

 Photo from opening event, Didzis Grodzs

Photo from opening event. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Nicolas Grospierre "The House Which Grows", photo Didzis Grodzs

Nicolas Grospierre, The House Which Grows. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Amanda Ziemele, Margrieta Dreiblate "Ķemeri Sanatorium Park", photo Didzis Grodzs

Amanda Ziemele and Margrieta Dreiblate, Ķemeri Sanatorium Park. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Visible Solutions “Ligudik”, “Valuemeter” and “Artwork Consisting Only of its Value”, photo Didzis Grodzs

Visible Solutions, Ligudik, Valuemeter and Artwork Consisting Only of its Value. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Jesper Just "Llano", photo Didzis Grodzs

Jesper Just, Llano. Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden & Poetic Robotism "Shop ‘til You Drop!", photo Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden and Poetic Robotism, Shop ‘til You Drop! Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden & Poetic Robotism "Shop ‘til You Drop!", photo Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden and Poetic Robotism, Shop ‘til You Drop! Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden & Poetic Robotism "Shop ‘til You Drop!", photo Didzis Grodzs

Alte Schweden and Poetic Robotism, Shop ‘til You Drop! Photograph by Didzis Grodzs

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