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Art in General’s co-curating the Latvian Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale with long-time partner kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia. The Biennale exhibition, titled North by Northeast, will present new site-specific works by Latvian artists Kaspars Podnieks and Krišs Salmanis. Through the exploration of the artists’ relationship to the natural and ever shifting man-made world – including perceived borders and centers in Europe – Podnieks and Salmanis will investigate and highlight the concepts and conditions of identity, uncertainty, and in-betweeness.
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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 resides in a red 19th-century brick warehouse located near the Riga Central Market. The name of kim? is no less than an abbreviation of an insistent question “what is art?" (“kas ir māksla?” in Latvian). Founded in 2009, the organization offers a certain range of activities including exhibitions, lectures, talks, public library, publications and other events related to recent art, theory and social issues introduced by the means of a local and international corpus of ideas, beliefs and individuals. kim? 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