The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Kogo Gallery and Wunder Kombinat, a Latvian art research and promotion organization.
“It is a cliché to say that Baltic people have a strong emotional bond with nature, but it has some truth to it. This bond is so deeply encoded in our identity that even the national awakenings during the soviet occupation seemed to first emerge from the environmental movement.”
“When thinking the landscape of the contemporary world, the images that appear are profoundly biblical: Plagues mutating and expanding into pandemics, floods and fires consuming cities and forests, nations devastated by war and waves of migration splitting families apart while triggering territorial and national disputes all in one,” the curator describes the theme of the exhibition.
“Emotional landscapes is an attempt to draw an atlas of the world today, examining the emotional landscape we both see and feel right now. It is a canvas on which artists invited from across the Baltics reveal their own emotionally and personally felt landscapes – landscapes that, to paraphrase Björk’s song Jóga, have pushed them up to their own state of emergency,” Šelda Puķīte, a Latvian curator, publisher and researcher living in Estonia, writes.
Participants include Eike Eplik (EE), Alexei Gordin (EE), Kristi Kongi (EE), Maija Kurševa (LV), Anna Mari Liivrand (EE), Aurelija Maknytė (LT), Laura Põld (EE) ir Lou Sheppard (CA), Monika Radžiūnaitė (LT), Krišs Salmanis (LV), Rūta Spelskytė (LT), Līga Spunde (LV), Diāna Tamane (LV/EE), Neringa Vasiliauskaitė (LT/DE) and Kristina Õllek (EE).
“Emotional landscapes” is open at Arka Gallery until December 17.
This article was updated to add the gallery.
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