‘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

Waltzing with the Undead: Before, After, Beyond, and Without Photography

Ce n’est pas une image juste, c’est juste une image — J.L. Godard It is an attempt to reflect on an exhibition “12 Truths of Photography” (“Titanikas” Gallery, Vilnius, 27.01.-14.03.2015)—a series of media-specific artworks created over the period of the

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,

The Strategy of Symbiosis, or Stasys Banifacius-Ieva in the Vernissages of Vilnius

I would like to begin this overview of the work of Stasys Banifacius-Ieva with my reflections on “Cathedral”—the play (dir. by Oskaras Koršunovas) I saw in The National Drama Theatre. The play “Cathedral”, written by one of the most prominent

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

The Artist Doesn’t Get His Hands Dirty: Visible Solutions and other impossible histories

‘There is no such thing as society’1 — Margaret Thatcher As I begin ticking the boxes on the ‘fax transaction’ of Estonian-based entrepreneurial collective Visible Solutions, the deadpan sincerity of this Limited Liability Company’s contact form seems deliberately reminiscent of

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