esmaspäev, oktoober 06, 2014

IV Artishok Biennale photo documentation and critics texts available online

IV Artishok Biennale
17.09. - 11.10. 2014
Mūkusala Art Salon, Mūkusalas iela 42, Riga

IV Artishoki Biennaali A+B=AB14 näitus on tervikuna avatud veel 11. oktoobrini, Riias Mūkusala Kunstisalongis. Näituse kümnepäevase avamistemaratoni fotodokementatsioon ja kriitikute kirjutatud 110 teksti on kättesaadavad AB kodulehelt:
Salvestused avamiste käigus läbiviidud vestlustest biennaalil osalevate kriitikutega lisanduvad aja jooksul.


IV Artishok Biennale A+B=AB14 exhibition is in full complect exhibited till October 11 at the Mūkusala Art Salon, Riga. An extencive photo documentation of the ten day opening event, as well as all 110 texts written for AB14 can be looked at and read on AB-s homepage:
Audio recordings of the talks held with the participating critics during the opening event from 17.09.-26.09. are to be added. AB is an exhibition format combining ten artists with works created for AB and ten critics writing about each of the works on display. Critics' accomplishments are presented in the exhibition alongside the newly made artworks. The aim of AB is to actualize the synergy between critical and creative thinking. By placing the critics into the same space with the artists, curators make an attempt to break the traditional space-time gap between art and criticism.

Participating artists from Estonia are: Kristi Kongi, Laura Kuusk, Jass Kaselaan, Martiini, Margus Tamm. From Latvia: Kristīne Alksne, Jana Briķe, Krisš Salmanis, Arturs Bērziņš, Ivars Grāvlejs. Participating art critics from Estonia are Tanel Rander, andreas w, Peeter Talvistu, Mari Kartau, Elena Šmakova. From Latvia: Maija Rudovska, Jānis Taurens, Valts Miķelsons, Pauls Bankovskis, Anna Salmane. AB14 is curated by Šelda Puķīte (LV) and Indrek Grigor (EST). Design by Kristians Brekte.

AB program opened on September 17, 2014 when the first from the altogether ten art pieces was presented. Each artwork was accompanied by ten texts written by the critics about the particular piece. Every opening evening closed with a Critic Talk involving participants of AB14.

The fourth AB is taking place at the Mūkusala Art Salon, a private, non-commercial gallery which also owns a remarkable collection of mostly Latvian art from different periods. Curators have chosen ten works from the collection to be displayed within the exhibition alongside the newly created works. Those ten works were allocated as comments on the practice of the ten participating critics, who were then each asked to write an extra article about their work. Those texts are sectioned on AB-s homepage under the title collection.

AB as a format was born in Estonia and the first three events took place in Tallinn and Tartu, involving only Estonian artists and critics, with occasional foreign guests among the critics. Now, in 2014, AB has become a collaboration project between Estonia and Latvia involving participants from both countries.

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The Fourth Artishok Biennale “A+B=AB14” is supported by Culture Ministry of Republic of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.

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