Raids Kalniņš, Robertas Narkus, Līva Rutmane, Viktor Timofeev, Marta Trektere, Amanda Ziemele
I had amnesia once or twice22.10.2019–21.12.2019 Brno Curated by Kaspars Groshevs, Christina Gigliotti
- Text by Kaspars Groševs and Christina Gigliotti (EN)
- Artists info (EN)
Music dissolves into blandness. The
vibrating log is on. I am in between
point A, point 3, and home. I remember
a joke or two from Steven Wright (the
amnesia one). Yes, I have a bad
memory - a little bit better than your
average octopus. There’s no snow in
this maze, yet. But its floor remembers
drunk late nights, and its captives reminisce
about layers on layers on layers,
variable states of the vigil, remains of a
hero, hair and husk, highs and lows. I
find shortcuts in every path, wandering
around like an innocent old baby and
bumping into traveling friendships.
Every city I discover turns into a collage.
Every person I meet is already a collage.
“Do you remember bits of this and that?
Have we met before?” There’s a guy
nearby eating a boiled egg, that’s the
last thing I remember...
I want to say that I woke up, but for me
there’s no difference anymore between
waking and sleeping. I only know when
I’m awake because my muscles hurt.
My are watering and I’m trying to unglue
myself from the damp floor. If I had amnesia,
would I even know it? The man
beside me is telling a familiar story. “I’m
sorry I...am I repeating myself again?
Have you already heard this?” I’m embarrassed
by what I forget, so I talk less.
There’s less chance of saying some-
thing to reveal what’s wrong with me if I
just shut up. Walking around like a
living fossil. I am the one who waits.
Raids Kalniņš (b. 1970) studied wood-sculpting at Liepāja Art
Highschool and graduated from Liepāja Institute of Pedagogy.
Previous exhibitions have taken place at Great Amber Concert Hall,
Liepāja, Latvia, 427 gallery, Riga, Latvian Centre for Contemporary
Art, Riga, RIXC Center for New Media Culture, Riga, and Liepāja
Robertas Narkus (b. 1983) lives and works in Vilnius, Lithuania. He
describes his practice as the ‘management of circumstances in the
economy of coincidence’. Drawing together a range of initiatives,
collaborations and projects and working with a number of
techniques and materials, Narkus explores perceived ideas of the
useful and useless, the ordinary and the absurd, obsolescence and
productivity, power relations and knowledge, play and the uses and
abuses of creativity. Narkus is the founder of the Vilnius Institute of
Pataphysics; the organiser of Autarkia, an artists’ day care centre in
Vilnius; the originator of eeKulgrinda, an experimental engineering
camp; and he is involved with the Visionary, a platform for art and
hi-tech cooperation. His exhibitions and performances include those
at the CAC Vilnius; the XII Baltic Triennial (Vilnius); Kim? (Riga); de
Appel art Center (Amsterdam); Établissement de’ en Face (Brussels);
Ujazdowski Castle (Warsaw); V Marrakech biennale, among others.
Narkus holds an MFA degree from the Sandberg Instituut at Rietveld
Līva Rutmane (b. 1984) got her MA at Graphics Department of the
Latvian Art Academy. She has spent her eventful life in the greatest
city of Latvia, Riga. On an everyday basis, she does large format
drawings and small format plastic objects. Her recent show A Cake
for Līva took place at gallery Low, Riga. She participates in the
doings of the artist group Klīga. In case of events becoming very
insignificant she does self-publishing or zines. Rutmane’s recent
publication was A Small Work (2008).
Viktor Timofeev (b. 1984, Riga) lives and works in New York, USA.
Recent solo exhibitions include God Room, Alyssa Davis Gallery, New
York (2018), Stairway to Melon Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga
(2017) and S.T.A.T.E., Drawing Room, London (2016). Recent group
shows include Cosmic Existence, Den Frie Centre For Contemporary
Art, Copenhagen (2019), Digital Gothic, Synagogue de Delme, Delme
(2019), A Barbarian In Paris, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2018) and
Somewhere In Between, Bozar, Brussels (2018).
Marta Trektere (b. 1994) is a performance artist, writer and an
independent curator based Riga, Latvia. Currently running artist-run
space 427 gallery in Riga. Trektere's works address the simplicity of
complexity in everyday life as well as psychological difficulties in life,
art and text working with various media like performance, text, video,
sound. Recent shows, screenings and performances include Forest
of the Doppelgängers, Catbox Contemporary, New York (2019), Dying
Death, Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (2019), Painless
Youth, Editorial, Vilnius (2019), Posh Spaz, Kim? Contemporary Art
Centre, Riga (2019), Fragile Trap, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow (2018),
Suckling Animal Sibling in collaboration with Anni Puolakka, Kim?
Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2018), Variations on Vulnerability,
BOZAR, Brussels (2018) among others.
Amanda Ziemele (b. 1990) lives and works in Riga. She sees her
creative work as an open field and is interested in the formal
qualities of painting and the accompanying field of ideas and
contexts. Recent solo shows: Quantum Hair Implants, Kim?
Contemporary Art Center, Riga (2019), The Fish with Legs, Elephant
Stable of the Riga Circus as part of Kvadrifrons exhibition
programme (2018), Being Like a Sponge, Candyland Gallery,
Stockholm (2018), The Crocodile Dilemma, 427 gallery, Riga (2016).
Selected group shows: MABOCA Art Festival in Madona, Latvia, a
collaboration project Monumental Cafè with artist Elīna Vītola.
Amanda Ziemele graduated from the BA programme of the
Department of Painting at the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2018, she
completed diploma studies in the study programme of interdiscipli-
nary and experimental painting at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts.
Her diploma project earned the Freundeskreis der HfBK Diplompreis
award and was nominated for the Startpoint Prize 2018 for
European art graduates.