Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Artists: ASI, Alexis Blake, Alexis Destoop, Adrián Villar Rojas, Andrejs Strokins, Andris Eglītis, Annaïk-Lou Pitteloud, Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Ariane Loze, Aslan Gaisumov, Chechnya, Augustas Serapinas, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Danilo Correale, Diana Lelonek, Diāna Tamane, Eli Cortiñas, Emilija Škarnulytė, Erik Kessels, Ēriks Apaļais, Eve Kiiler, Femke Herregraven, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Han Hoogerbrugge, Hannah Anbert, Hans Rosenström, Henrike Naumann, IC-98, Ieva Balode, Ieva Epnere, Indrė Šerpytytė, Ivar Veermäe, Jacob Kirkegaard, James Beckett, Jani Ruscica, Johanna Gustafsson-Fürst, Johannes Heldén, Håkan Jonson, Jonas Mekas, Julian Charrière, Julian Rosefeldt, Julijonas Urbonas, Karel Koplimets, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Katrīna Neiburga, Kerstin Hamilton, Kristaps Epners, Kustaa Saksi, Liina Siib, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Marco Montiel-Soto, Marge Monko, Maria Kapajeva, Marina Pinsky, Marisa Benjamim, Mark Dion, Maryam Jafri, Melanie Bonajo, Netherlands, Michael Landy, Michael Sailstorfer, Minna Rainio, Mark Roberts, Nabil Boutros, Nedko Solakov, Nicolas Kozakis, Raoul Vaneigem, Nikos Navridis, Oswaldo Maciá, Orbita, Paulis Liepa, Petra Bauer, Rebecka Katz-Thor, Robert Kuśmirowski, Sandra Kosorotova, Sasha Huber, Petri Saarikko, Saskia Holmkvist, Sissel Tolaas, Sputnik photos, Stelios Faitakis, Stine-Marie Jacobsen, Sven Johne, Taus Makhacheva, Dagestan, Teemu Korpela, Tilman Wendland, Tobias Zielony, Trevor Paglen, Valio Tchenkov, Vladimir Svetlov, Viron Erol Vert, Jevgeni Zolotko, Žilvinas Landzbergas

Exhibition title: Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Curated by: Katerina Gregos

Venue: Faculty of Biology, University of Latvia, Zuzeum, Andrejsala, Residence of Kristaps Morbergs, Bolshevichka textile factory, Art Station Dubulti, Riga, Latvia

Date: June 2 – October 28, 2018

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists, Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art and the respective copyright holders

Note: Curatorial concept announced by Katerina Gregos can be found here

The Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) is an international biennial with a European focus and a strong regional profile, founded in 2016. Taking the rich history of Riga and the Baltic states as its underlying framework, the Biennial highlights the artistic landscape of the wider region and creates opportunities for artists to enter into dialogue with the cultural, historical and socio-political context of the city and its geographic surrounds.

Taking into account criticisms of the proliferation of biennial culture, or ‘biennialisation’ as it has been called, RIBOCA aims to create a sustainable model based on best practices that prioritise artists, artistic production and the meticulous presentation and mediation of art. The Biennial is based on a working process that starts from the local, expanding to the national and the regional, and finally to the transnational. The Biennial aims to take root and make roots in the place where it is situated. Reflecting the biennial’s global outlook and mission to increase artistic engagement between the Baltic region and the rest of the world, a significant proportion of the commissioned and selected artists either live, work or were born in the Baltic region, a territory which still remains relatively unexplored despite its prolific artistic production.

RIBOCA sees itself as a critical site of artistic experimentation and knowledge production, an activator of co-operation and exchange between local and regional actors and institutions, an instigator of generosity towards peers, and a barometer of current social, political and economic issues filtered through artistic practices.

James Beckett, Palace Ruin, 2016 (installation view), Public sculpture (powder-coated steel, accoya acetylated wood, multiplex, Indian ink, smoke), 7.2 × 3.5 × 5.7 m
, Courtesy of the artist and Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Nabil Boutros, Ovine Condition (Celebrities), 2014 (detail), Series of digital prints on Dibond, 60 × 60 cm each
, Courtesy of the artist

Nabil Boutros, Ovine Condition (Celebrities), 2014 (detail), Series of digital prints on Dibond, 60 × 60 cm each
, Courtesy of the artist

Nabil Boutros, Ovine Condition (Celebrities), 2014 (detail), Series of digital prints on Dibond, 60 × 60 cm each
, Courtesy of the artist

Nabil Boutros, Ovine Condition (Celebrities), 2014 (installation view), Series of digital prints on Dibond, 60 × 60 cm each
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Julian Charrière, Tropisme, 2015 (detail), Cryogenized pre-historic plant in refrigerated showcase (stainless-steel, double insulated glass)
, 207.85 × 65.3 × 65.3 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Julian Charrière, Tropisme, 2015 (installation view), Cryogenized pre-historic plant in refrigerated showcase (stainless-steel, double insulated glass)
, 207.85 × 65.3 × 65.3 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

A Tour of The Dark Museum, 2018 (detail), Site-specific installation, mixed media, flashlights, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Stelios Faitakis, The New Religion, 2018 (detail), Site specific installation (6 monumental wall paintings, mixed media on aluminium composite panels)
, Approx. 433 × 186 cm each 
wall painting, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Stelios Faitakis

Kerstin Hamilton, Zero Point Energy, 2016 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 18’ 39”
, Supported by Hasselblad Foundation, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University and Valand Academy, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Kerstin Hamilton, Zero Point Energy, 2016 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 18’ 39”
, Supported by Hasselblad Foundation, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University and Valand Academy, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Kerstin Hamilton, Zero Point Energy, 2016 (still), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 18’ 39”
, Supported by Hasselblad Foundation, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University and Valand Academy, Courtesy of the artist

Johannes Heldén and Håkan Jonson, Encyclopedia, 2015-17 (detail), AI-generated work, printed as unique index cards, 10.5 × 7.4 cm each, installation dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Johannes Heldén and Håkan Jonson, Encyclopedia, 2015-17 (detail), AI-generated work, printed as unique index cards, 10.5 × 7.4 cm each, installation dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Johannes Heldén and Håkan Jonson, Encyclopedia, 2015-17 (installation view), AI-generated work, printed as unique index cards, 10.5 × 7.4 cm each, installation dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Lynn Hershmann-Leeson, Infinity Engine, 2011–18
 (detail), Installation with video projections, DNA bottles, DNA, wallpaper, lab coats, interactive screens, genetics lab artefacts and files
, Dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York; Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco and Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Lynn Hershmann-Leeson, Infinity Engine, 2011–18
 (detail), Installation with video projections, DNA bottles, DNA, wallpaper, lab coats, interactive screens, genetics lab artefacts and files
, Dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York; Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco and Waldburger Wouters, Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Sasha Huber and Petri Saarikko, Dziedināšana Remedies, 2018 (detail: Ieva during a pirts ritual), Hardcover book, 15.5 x 20.5 cm, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artists

IC-98 and Kustaa Saksi, A World in Waiting (78°14’08.4″N 15°29’28.7″E), 2017 (detail), Rug: jacquard weave, encapsulated seeds, 553 x 302 cm, Commissioned by Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: IC-98

IC-98 and Kustaa Saksi, A World in Waiting (78°14’08.4″N 15°29’28.7″E), 2017, Rug: jacquard weave, encapsulated seeds, 553 x 302 cm, Commissioned by Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: IC-98

A World in Waiting (78°14’08.4″N 15°29’28.7″E), 2017 (installation view), Rug: jacquard weave, encapsulated seeds, 553 x 302 cm, Commissioned by Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Stine Marie Jacobsen, Pidgin Tongue, 2018 (installation view), Sculpture (wood), publication, 200 × 320 × 100 cm
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Sven Johne, A Sense of Warmth, 2015 (still), Single-channel HD video, B&W, sound, 15’ 35”
, Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM’S, Berlin

Sven Johne, A Sense of Warmth, 2015 (still), Single-channel HD video, B&W, sound, 15’ 35”
, Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM’S, Berlin

Erik Kessels, The Human Zoo, 2018, Site-specific photographic intervention, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Erik Kessels, The Human Zoo, 2018, Site-specific photographic intervention, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Erik Kessels, The Human Zoo, 2018, Site-specific photographic intervention, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Erik Kessels, The Human Zoo, 2018, Site-specific photographic intervention, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Teemu Korpela, Deposition 1, 2018 (detail), Site-specific installation, acrylic paint and pigment on Fabriano paper, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Teemu Korpela, Deposition 1, 2018 (installation view), Site-specific installation, acrylic paint and pigment on Fabriano paper, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Michael Landy, Open for Business, 2018 (Installation view), Site-specific temporary installation
, Dimensions Variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Oswaldo Maciá, The Opera of Cross-pollination, 2018, Olfactory-acoustic sculpture and ambisonic composition 22.2, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Ricardo Moya and IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances), Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Oswaldo Maciá, The Opera of Cross-pollination, 2018, Olfactory-acoustic sculpture and ambisonic composition 22.2, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Ricardo Moya and IFF (International Flavors and Fragrances), Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Marge MonkoI Don’t Know You, So I Can’t Love You, 2018 (detail), Installation, smart assistants, speakers, pigment prints, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Ani Molnar Gallery, Budapest, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Marge Monko, I Don’t Know You, So I Can’t Love You, 2018 (installation view), Installation, smart assistants, speakers, pigment prints
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Ani Molnar Gallery, Budapest, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Nikos Navridis, All of old. Nothing else ever… 2018 (detail), Installation, books, sound
, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Bernier/ Eliades Gallery, Athens/Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Nikos Navridis, All of old. Nothing else ever… 2018 (installation view), Installation, books, sound
, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Bernier/ Eliades Gallery, Athens/Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Nikos Navridis, All of old. Nothing else ever… 2018 (installation view), Installation, books, sound
, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Bernier/ Eliades Gallery, Athens/Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Katrīna Neiburga, Pickled Long Cucumbers, 2017 (still), Two-channel video, colour, sound, 11’ 44”
, Sound by Plastikman aka Richie Hawtin, Courtesy of the artist

Marina Pinsky, Stem Assembly Kit, Sunflower Assembly Kit, Orchid, Lily, Sunflower, 2015 (installation view), Concrete, epoxy clay, plastic, steel
, Dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artist, C L E A R I N G Gallery, Brussels and 303 Gallery, New York, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Annaïk-Lou Pitteloud, Neo-Logos, 2017-18 (detail), Set of four neons in CMYK colours
, C: 100 × 637 cm / M: 100 × 1198 cm
Y: 100 × 909 cm / K: 100 × 1185 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zürich, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Annaïk-Lou Pitteloud, Neo-Logos, 2017-18 (detail), Set of four neons in CMYK colours
, C: 100 × 637 cm / M: 100 × 1198 cm
Y: 100 × 909 cm / K: 100 × 1185 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zürich, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Annaïk-Lou Pitteloud, Neo-Logos, 2017-18 (detail), Set of four neons in CMYK colours
, C: 100 × 637 cm / M: 100 × 1198 cm
Y: 100 × 909 cm / K: 100 × 1185 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zürich, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2016 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 43’ 15” (loop), Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie, Berlin, Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, With the friendly support of the association of friends and supporters of Ruhrtriennale e.V., © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2016 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 43’ 15” (loop), Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie, Berlin, Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, With the friendly support of the association of friends and supporters of Ruhrtriennale e.V., © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2016 (still), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 43’ 15” (loop), Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie, Berlin, Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, With the friendly support of the association of friends and supporters of Ruhrtriennale e.V., © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2016 (still), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 43’ 15” (loop), Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie, Berlin, Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, With the friendly support of the association of friends and supporters of Ruhrtriennale e.V., © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Julian Rosefeldt, In the Land of Drought, 2016 (still), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 43’ 15” (loop), Courtesy of the artist and König Galerie, Berlin, Co-produced by Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, With the friendly support of the association of friends and supporters of Ruhrtriennale e.V., © Julian Rosefeldt and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Emilija Škarnulytė, Mirror Matter, 2018 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 12’, Soundtrack: Jokūbas Čižikas, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Emilija Škarnulytė, Mirror Matter, 2018 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 12’, Soundtrack: Jokūbas Čižikas, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Emilija Škarnulytė, Mirror Matter, 2018 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 12’, Soundtrack: Jokūbas Čižikas, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Emilija Škarnulytė, Mirror Matter, 2018 (installation view), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 12’, Soundtrack: Jokūbas Čižikas, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Emilija Škarnulytė, Mirror Matter, 2018 (still: Super-Kamioka Neutrino Detection Experiment, Japan), Single-channel video, colour, sound, 12’, Soundtrack: Jokūbas Čižikas, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Emilija Škarnulytė

Andris Eglītis and Katrīna Neiburga, The Nest, 2018 (detail), Mixed media installation, variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Andris Eglītis and Katrīna Neiburga, The Nest, 2018 (installation view), Mixed media installation, variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Sissel Tolaas, beyond SE(A)nse: Smellers Corner, 2018 (detail), Beach smells collected in Jurmala, Latvia, vaporisers, mixed media, nanotechnology, chemical component, data, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Supported by IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.), Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Sissel Tolaas, beyond SE(A)nse: Smellers Corner, 2018 (detail), Beach smells collected in Jurmala, Latvia, vaporisers, mixed media, nanotechnology, chemical component, data, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Supported by IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.), Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Clemens von Wedemeyer, Transformation Scenario, 2018 (detail), Multi-channel video installation, colour, sound, 20’
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff,
Paris and KOW, Berlin, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Agency of Singular Investigations (Stanislav Shuripa, Anna Titova), The Flower Power Archive, 2018 (detail), Mixed media installation, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Aslan Gaisumov, People of No Consequence, 2016 (still), Single-channel HD video, colour, sound, 08’ 34”
, Supported by MuHKA, Antwerp
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Aslan Gaisumov

Aslan Gaisumov, People of No Consequence, 2016 (still), Single-channel HD video, colour, sound, 08’ 34”
, Supported by MuHKA, Antwerp
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Aslan Gaisumov

Sven Johne, Дорогой Владимир Путин / Dear Vladimir Putin, 2017 (still), Single-channel 4K video, colour, sound, 17’30”
, Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM’S, Berlin © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2018

Sven Johne, Дорогой Владимир Путин / Dear Vladimir Putin, 2017 (still), Single-channel 4K video, colour, sound, 17’30”
, Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM’S, Berlin © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2018

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, Fenced Garden City: Riga, 2018 (installation view), Series of pigment prints on aluminium, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, New Neighbours, 2018 (detail), Lightboxes, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, New Neighbours, 2018 (detail), Lightboxes, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Eve Kiiler, New Neighbours, 2018 (detail), Lightboxes, 42 × 42 cm each
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Paulis Liepa, Slow Burning, 2018 (installation view), Installation, prints, wall painting, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artists, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Henrike Naumann, Eurotique, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Henrike Naumann, Eurotique, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media, Variable dimensions, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Augustas Serapinas, The Occupier, 2018 (installation view), Site-specific installation, mixed media and found objects
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Emalin, London and 
Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Indrė Šerpytytė, (1944–1991) Former NKVD–MVD–MGB–KGB Buildings, 2009–ongoing
, Series of sculptures, wood, Dimensions variable
, Courtesy of the artist and Parafin, London, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Liina Siib, Tallinn-1967, 2018 (installation view), Installation, collages, single-channel video, colour, sound, duration 15’, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital
 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Liina Siib

Liina Siib, Tallinn-1967, 2018 (installation view), Installation, collages, single-channel video, colour, sound, duration 15’, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital
 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Liina Siib

Liina Siib, Tallinn-1967, 2018 (installation view), Installation, collages, single-channel video, colour, sound, duration 15’, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital
 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Liina Siib

Liina Siib, Tallinn-1967, 2018 (installation view), Installation, collages, single-channel video, colour, sound, duration 15’, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital
 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Liina Siib

Liina Siib, Tallinn-1967, 2018 (installation view), Installation, collages, single-channel video, colour, sound, duration 15’, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Supported by Eesti Kultuurkapital
 Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Liina Siib

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (detail), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (installation view), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (installation view), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Nedko Solakov, Driving Through the Past, with the Present Ahead, and the Future Behind My Back, 2018 (installation view), Various drawings, objects and other memorabilia, created and collected during a long road-trip from Sofia to Riga in May 2018; displayed in a custom-made vitrine formed in the shape of the Sofia-Riga road route-map (according to viamicheline.com)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Sputnik Photos, Lost Territories Archive, 2008-16 / 2018
(detail), Site-specific installation, photographs, torn wallpaper
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Sputnik Photos, Lost Territories Archive, 2008-16 / 2018
(detail), Site-specific installation, photographs, torn wallpaper
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Alexis Destoop, Phantom Sun, 2017 (installation view), Two-channel video installation, colour, sound, 19’ 4”
, Supported by Argos, Brussels
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Dirk Pauwels

Karel Koplimets, Case No 11. TALSINKI, 2016/18
 (installation view), Installation, steel, metal sheets, Plexiglas, two-channel full-HD video, colour, sound;
two pigment prints in custom frame and series of pigment prints on aluminium, 74 × 110 × 22 cm and 30 × 45 cm each, video duration 12’ 34” and 38’ 11”
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Karel Koplimets, Case No 11. TALSINKI, 2016/18
 (installation view), Installation, steel, metal sheets, Plexiglas, two-channel full-HD video, colour, sound;
two pigment prints in custom frame and series of pigment prints on aluminium, 74 × 110 × 22 cm and 30 × 45 cm each, video duration 12’ 34” and 38’ 11”
, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Jani Ruscica, Flatlands, 2018 (detail), Custom-made musical instruments, performance, Dimensions variable, Commissioned by Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki and Otto Zoo, Milan, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Jani Ruscica, Flatlands, 2018 (installation view), Custom-made musical instruments, performance, Dimensions variable, Commissioned by Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Courtesy The artist, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki and Otto Zoo, Milan, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Pinpointing Progress, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media
, 740 × 240 × 930 cm
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Pinpointing Progress, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media
, 740 × 240 × 930 cm
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Brussels, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Jevgeni Zolotko, The Sacrifice, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media (livestock trailer, sound mechanism), continuous sound loop, Approx. 800 × 260 × 350 cm
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Jevgeni Zolotko, The Sacrifice, 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media (livestock trailer, sound mechanism), continuous sound loop, Approx. 800 × 260 × 350 cm
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018 (detail), Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018 (detail), Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018 (detail), Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018 (rear of installation), Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018, Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Robert Kuśmirowski, IGRA, 2018, Site-specific installation, mixed media (found objects, recycled materials, sculpted objects, paint, water, vodka)
, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Zilvinas Landzbergas, Sun Conservatory, 2018 (installation view), Site-specific installation, mixed media, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Andrejs Strokins, A boy who set a house on fire, 2018 (detail), Installation, mixed media, archival photography, found objects, artist’s book
, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Cosmic Connection, 2016 (detail), Metal, recycled telephone and computer circuit boards, jute cloth and concrete
, 8 × 3 × 8 m, 
Courtesy of the artist and Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Cosmic Connection, 2016 (installation view), Metal, recycled telephone and computer circuit boards, jute cloth and concrete
, 8 × 3 × 8 m, 
Courtesy of the artist and Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke, Photo: Andrejs Strokins

Hannah Anbert, Sacred Work Fashion Collection, 2016-18 (installation view), Collection of garments, mixed media, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Taus Makhacheva, Dear R., R., K., S., M., A., C., S., K., I., G., L., A., A., L., P., G., E., J., D., M., C., B., O., F., F., R., D., M., E., L., I., F., L., A., M., T., K., K., L., P., F., V., A., L., L.. 2018 (installation view), Installation, mixed media, speakers, sound, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Marco Montiel-Soto, Permanent storm for a tropical constellation, 2017 (detail), Three-channel video installation, colour, sound, wood, bamboo, water, palm leaves, zinc, plastic, light bulbs, photographs, coins, plaster figures, clothes, flag, nets, hammock, boat, oars, hat, tapestries, newspaper, coconuts, stuffed piranhas, maps, 75’ 42”, Courtesy of the artist, Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas and Galería José de la Fuente, Santander, Photo: Marco Montiel-Soto

Marco Montiel-Soto, Permanent storm for a tropical constellation, 2017 (installation view), Three-channel video installation, colour, sound, wood, bamboo, water, palm leaves, zinc, plastic, light bulbs, photographs, coins, plaster figures, clothes, flag, nets, hammock, boat, oars, hat, tapestries, newspaper, coconuts, stuffed piranhas, maps, 75’ 42”, Courtesy of the artist, Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas and Galería José de la Fuente, Santander, Photo: Marco Montiel-Soto

Marco Montiel-Soto, Permanent storm for a tropical constellation, 2017 (installation view), Three-channel video installation, colour, sound, wood, bamboo, water, palm leaves, zinc, plastic, light bulbs, photographs, coins, plaster figures, clothes, flag, nets, hammock, boat, oars, hat, tapestries, newspaper, coconuts, stuffed piranhas, maps, 75’ 42”, Courtesy of the artist, Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas and Galería José de la Fuente, Santander, Photo: Marco Montiel-Soto

Marco Montiel-Soto, Permanent storm for a tropical constellation, 2017 (installation view), Three-channel video installation, colour, sound, wood, bamboo, water, palm leaves, zinc, plastic, light bulbs, photographs, coins, plaster figures, clothes, flag, nets, hammock, boat, oars, hat, tapestries, newspaper, coconuts, stuffed piranhas, maps, 75’ 42”, Courtesy of the artist, Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas and Galería José de la Fuente, Santander, Photo: Marco Montiel-Soto

Marco Montiel-Soto, Permanent storm for a tropical constellation, 2017 (installation view), Three-channel video installation, colour, sound, wood, bamboo, water, palm leaves, zinc, plastic, light bulbs, photographs, coins, plaster figures, clothes, flag, nets, hammock, boat, oars, hat, tapestries, newspaper, coconuts, stuffed piranhas, maps, 75’ 42”, Courtesy of the artist, Carmen Araujo Arte, Caracas and Galería José de la Fuente, Santander, Photo: Marco Montiel-Soto

Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Guernica Syndrome, 2012/2018
 (Installation view), Installation from the remaining materials
of dictator Francisco Franco’s private boat: aluminium, steel, bronze; single-channel videos 5’ and 30’
, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Danilo Correale, Fivehundredfortyeight, 2015 (detail), Installation, 6 framed C-prints on archival paper, 170 × 320 × 50 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raucci /
Santamaria, Naples, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Danilo Correale, Fivehundredfortyeight, 2015 (detail), Installation, 6 framed C-prints on archival paper, 170 × 320 × 50 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raucci /
Santamaria, Naples, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Danilo Correale, Fivehundredfortyeight, 2015 (detail), Installation, 6 framed C-prints on archival paper, 170 × 320 × 50 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raucci /
Santamaria, Naples, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Danilo Correale, Fivehundredfortyeight, 2015 (installation view), Installation, 6 framed C-prints on archival paper, 170 × 320 × 50 cm
, Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Raucci /
Santamaria, Naples, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Han Hoogerbrugge , Limbo Lottery, 2016 (detail), 3D-printed zoetrope in cabinet, mixed media, 120 x 40 x 75 cm , Courtesy of the artist With support from Stimuleringsfonds, Mondriaan Fonds and CBK Rotterdam

Han Hoogerbrugge , Limbo Lottery, 2016 (installation view), 3D-printed zoetrope in cabinet, mixed media, 120 x 40 x 75 cm , Courtesy of the artist, With support from Stimuleringsfonds, Mondriaan Fonds and CBK Rotterdam

Sven Johne, Anomalies of the early 21st century / Some case studies, 2015 (detail), 66 short stories (in collaboration with Sebastian Orlac) and 90 JPEG’s from the internet, archival pigment print, screen print on glass,
50 × 40 cm each, framed
, Courtesy of the artist and KLEMM’S, Berlin © VG-Bild Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Nicolas Kozakis and Raoul Vaneigem, Letter to My Children and to the Children of the World to Come, 2017 (still), Single-channel video, b&w, silent, 7’ 51”, Courtesy of the artists

Nicolas Kozakis and Raoul Vaneigem, Letter to My Children and to the Children of the World to Come, 2017 (still), Single-channel video, b&w, silent, 7’ 51”, Courtesy of the artists

Ariane Loze, Impotence, 2017 (still), Single-channel HD video, colour, sound, 18’ 11”
, Courtesy of the artist

Ariane Loze, Impotence, 2017 (still), Single-channel HD video, colour, sound, 18’ 11”
, Courtesy of the artist

Hans Rosenström, Mikado, 2009/18 (detail), Sound installation for a single viewer 4′ 30”
, Courtesy of the artist and Helsinki Contemporary, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Valio Tchenkov, Private Zoo on Stage, 2018 (detail), Site specific installation, mixed media, Dimensions variable
, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist and SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Marisa Benjamim, Floristaurant, 2016/18 (installation view), Mixed media installation and performance, Dimensions Variable, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Ziggy and the Starfish, 2016-18 (detail), Video installation, bed, fishnet, pillows, two single-channel HD videos, colour, sound, 16’ 28” and 21’ 01”, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Anne Duk Hee Jordan

Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Ziggy and the Starfish, 2016-18 (installation view), Video installation, bed, fishnet, pillows, two single-channel HD videos, colour, sound, 16’ 28” and 21’ 01”, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Anne Duk Hee Jordan

Sissel Tolaas, beyond SE(A)nse: Smellers Corner, 2018 (detail), Beach smells collected in Jurmala, Latvia, vaporisers, mixed media, nanotechnology, chemical component, data, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Supported by IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.), Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Sissel Tolaas, beyond SE(A)nse: Smellers Corner, 2018 (detail), Beach smells collected in Jurmala, Latvia, vaporisers, mixed media, nanotechnology, chemical component, data, Dimensions variable, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Supported by IFF (International Flavours and Fragrances Inc.), Photo: Vladimir Svetlov

Viron Erol Vert, Ambereum, 2018 (detail), Installation, mixed madia
, Dimensions Variable
, Credits Sound: Driftmachine, Al Hasan Al Nour, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, nedalot, Francesco Cavaliere, Tomoko Sauvage, Jacob Kirkegaard, Platon Buravicky, Selffish, Producer: Hanno Hinkelbein, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Viron Erol Vert

Viron Erol Vert, Ambereum, 2018 (detail), Installation, mixed madia
, Dimensions Variable
, Credits Sound: Driftmachine, Al Hasan Al Nour, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, nedalot, Francesco Cavaliere, Tomoko Sauvage, Jacob Kirkegaard, Platon Buravicky, Selffish, Producer: Hanno Hinkelbein, New commission for the 1st Riga Biennial, Courtesy of the artist, Photo: Viron Erol Vert

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