Two exhibitions will take place at the Vidzeme market as part of the Survival Kit contemporary art festival; Distance Friendships will bring together 28 artists and artist collectives
Survival Kit, the 14th edition of the contemporary art festival organised by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), will take place from 7 September to 8 October at Vidzeme Market in the very centre of Riga. This time, the festival will feature two exhibitions - the festival's central exhibition Distance Friendships, curated by Inga Lāce and Alicia Knock, and the final exhibition of the inspiring project The Artist is Present, which will showcase works created by seven Latvian artists together with students from all over Latvia.
The Vidzeme Market has been chosen as this year's venue for the festival. Founded at the end of the 19th century, the market has served for many decades not only as a place for trade, but also as a meeting place, a space for exchanging experiences and ideas.
Over time, as market management formats and people's shopping habits have changed, so too has the role of Vidzeme Market in the eyes of both traders and buyers, and the once modern market has been awaiting its revival for several years.
Distance friendships in Riga and Kaunas
Distance friendships in Riga:
Younes Baba-Ali, Zbynek Baladran and Tereza Stejskalova, Nú Barreto, Endri Dani, DAVRA collective (Valeriya Kim, Dona Kulmatova, Zumrad Mirzalieva and Saodat Ismailova), Inga Erdman, Anna Ehrenstein, Angela Ferreira*, Anawana Haloba, Yonamine*, Ala Younis, Sheila Kamerić*, Jeanne Kamptchouang*, Nikolay Karabinovych*, Julien Nuhum Kulibali, kush! comics (Anna Malicka, Isaac Zavale, Luntu Vumazonke, Mārtiņš Zutis, Oskars Pavlovskis), Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien*, Ilona Nemeth, Lala Raščić, Liene Pavlovska, Natalie Perkof, Jaanus Samma*, Janek Simon, Anastasia Sosunova*, Adela Součkova*, Jihan el Tahri, Thierry Oussou, Evita Vasiljeva
* indicates artists participating in both Survival Kit 14 and the Kaunas Biennial