December 6, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Opening + Performance:
Saturday, December 5, 7pm-9pm
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Organized by: Art in General, New York in collaboration with kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga
Art in General is delighted to present two solo exhibitions by Donna Huanca and Ezra Wube at kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga, Latvia as part of the International Collaborations Program.
Focusing on themes of migration, mobility, and socio-cultural displacement, these two solo exhibitions with Donna Huanca and Ezra Wube demonstrate each artist’s relationship to historical and embodied memory through an ongoing engagement with the figure. Both artists repurpose the methods and logic of painting, as well as the associative capacities of color to unpack senses of longing; experiences of spatio-temporal disjunction; and the mapping of cultural norms onto the body. Huanca and Wube collectively apply this engagement through animation, photography, video, sculpture, and performance.
Sound for Polystyrene’s Braces
is produced in collaboration with Chilean born multi-form artist, Dangelxxx, (LA).
is a Bolivian-American artist whose sculptures and installations are activated by live female performers that improvise and interact with the abstract assemblages. Huanca employs contentious signifiers of female power, such as cosmetics and textiles, to confront women’s constrained struggles to express sexuality, confidence, and power in a social realm. Previous exhibitions include Water Scars
at Chez Valentin, Paris, France (2015); Muscle Memory
, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2015); Sade Room (famously reclusive)
, MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2014); Seeing Auras
at ltd, Los Angeles, CA (2014); and Raw Material
at Malmö Konsthalle, Malmö, Sweden (2013). Awards and residencies include Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Access Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2013); Fulbright Scholarship (2012); Art Matters Grant (2010); and Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY (2009). Huanca received a BFA
in Painting from the University of Houston, Texas, USA
, and studied at the Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt, Germany.
for these International Collaborations projects has been provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, United States Embassy in Riga, kultura.lv, VKN
, Absolut, Rīgas Laiks, Birzī, Valmiermuižas alus, Pieci.lv, Delfi.
Harita Manina; [email protected]
Lindsey Berfond; [email protected]
Art in General
was founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now? on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program
is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporter Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Ron and Lucille Neeley, and Leslie Ruff.