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 also 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.
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