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  • Raids Kalniņš, Robertas Narkus, Līva Rutmane, Viktor Timofeev, Marta Trektere, Amanda Ziemele

    I had amnesia once or twice

    22.10.2019–21.12.2019 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...

    Kaspars Groševs

    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.

    Christina Gigliotti

    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
    Museum.

    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
    Academie.

    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.