Art in General is delighted to announce that it will be working in collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia to curate the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale. The Biennale exhibition, titled North by Northeast, will present new site-specific works by Latvian artists Kaspars Podnieks and Krišs Salmanis.
As part of this exciting new collaboration Art in General is pleased to present a pre pavilion presentation in the storefront Project Space, March 5 – March 30, 2013. The exhibition features existing works by Kaspars Podnieks and Krišs Salmanis that are intrinsically related to their Venice installation. Krišs Salmanis’ Long Day, 2012, a 35 mm film (sound by Steve Roden), appears to be a single shot of a rural landscape, speeded up as we observe a day from sunrise to sunset. In the dawn we see a shed being built, by midday the construction is complete; in the afternoon, however, a storm sets in, and the structure is reduced to ruins. Eventually it collapses, and the sun sets. In Kaspars Podnieks’ photographs from the Rommel’s dairy series we meet the residents of Drusti parish, a small rural community. A sudden rupture invalidates our expectations for the genre – as people of Drusti are being displaced, uprooted from their land, physically lifted high above the route they walk and the landscape they see day by day.
A press conference with the participating artists and representatives from Art in General and kim? Contemporary Art Centre will be held in New York at 12 noon on Tuesday March 5 at Art in General. The Biennale collaboration heralds one of several new partnerships between Art in General and organizations in Latvia, Lithuania, and Egypt, among others, that will support the commissioning of new work and international exchange throughout 2013.
Kaspars Podnieks (b.1980) has been participating in exhibitions since 1998. His work encompasses photography, video, installations, and environmental objects. His most recent group exhibitions include: Generation of the Place: Image, Memory and Fictions in Baltics (2012) in Kaunas, Lithuania; Preview Berlin (2011) in Berlin, Germany; Life in the Forest (2011) in Bialystok, Poland and solo exhibitions Unusual Place(2010) and Communicating Vessels (2011) at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia. Since 2005 Kaspars Podnieks has taken part in social and political activities in his home village Drusti – being a deputy of Drusti Council (since 2005), a Drusti Council chairman’s legal representative (since 2007) and a deputy of Rauna’s region (since 2010).
Krišs Salmanis (b.1977) works with photography, video, installations, animation and graphics and has participated in exhibitions internationally since 1996. His latest solo exhibitions include: Light (2012) in CAC Vilnius, Lithuania; The Fragility of Trust (2012) at gallery Alma in Riga, Latvia; The Earth may be spinning around the Sun, but the World is turning around me (2011) Raum linksrechts in Hamburg, Germany; and Moving Landscape (2011) at Galerie fűr Gegenwartskunst in Bremen, Germany. Since 2008 Krišs Salmanis has contributed articles on contemporary art processes for the visual arts magazine Studija and contributes to other daily press on a regular basis.
kim? Contemporary Art Centre founded in 2009 in Riga, Latvia offers a certain range of activities including exhibitions, lectures, talks, a public library, publications and other events related to recent art, theory and social issues introduced by the means of a local and international body of ideas, beliefs and individuals. kim?Contemporary Art Centre supports the development of emerging artists, theoreticians, curators, philosophers and others, aiming to provide a responsive context to their work and to make those critical practices accessible to a wider audience. www.kim.lv