Announcement of the kim? project Trauma&Revival: Contemporary Encounters and the open call results for the summer residency in Riga




Announcement of thekim? Contemporary Art Centre project Trauma&Revival: Contemporary Encounters and the open call results for the summer residency in Riga this July.

As part of the Latvian Centennial programme, the aim of the residency is to draw attention to the relations between the West and the East, Europe and Russia, shaped since the second World War and are significant to the Latvian identity today, the comprehension of the past, and its acceptance. The two-week long residency in Riga will bring together the young generation and adolescent audiences of Latvia and abroad, using arts and culture as the intermediary – and will encourage one to both look back (especially on the Cold War period), and draw attention to contemporary current events in Latvia and the Baltic States, as well as to promote and strengthen the establishing of mutual communication in a socio-political and cultural context.

Following the open call of Trauma&Revival: Contemporary Encounters residency that was announced in January 2017, kim? Contemporary Art Centre is pleased to release the selected list of (including a collective): Jure Kirbiš (SI), Anna Balázs (HU), Dorian Batycka(CA/PL), Enrico Floriddia(IT), Eugene Birman (USA), Jozs Bitelli (UK), Liene Pavlovska (LV), Monika Lipšic (LT), Nogr(Nadia Degtyareva and Nick Degtyarev, RUS), Pjotr Zjerebtsov (RUS), Vasilis Papageorgiou (GR), Vitalij Strigunkov/Vitalijus Strigunkovas (LT).



After receiving more than 90 applications from all around the world, the organizers of the residency had a tough time selecting the potential participants. The applications were all fascinating and competitive. We congratulate the frontrunners and we look forward to meeting, greeting and working with the residency participants during the Trauma&Revival: Contemporary Encounters program, which will begin in Moscow, in May 2017 and will be followed by a residency in Riga, July 8 - 22, 2017.

Advisers and experts from different fields of expertise will shape the two-week residency programme; they will focus on the topics of East-West relations in the context of Eastern Europe, paying particular attention to the Baltic States and its complex history. The residency programme will emphasize the infrastructure and history of Riga, which has been the centre of the region with a rich and complex past as well as a changing face throughout the centuries.The residency program will be shaped by: an artist from Estonia Marge Monko, an academician from Lithuania, lecturer of Kingston University in London Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, and an anthropologist from Latvia Viesturs Celmiņš.The residency program will also include public lectures and presentations, and will shape the basis for the travelling group exhibition, which will take place at kim?, Riga, in the spring of 2018, and will then travel to Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and BOZAR, Brussels.

The residency is developed under the framework of Trauma & Revival. Cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (2015-2018). The framework of the project is a historic exhibition “Facing the Future. Art in Europe (1945-1968)”, which is being organized by the following organizations - BOZAR, Brussels, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Pushkin Museum, Moscow. The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia and the State Cultural Capital Foundation.


Project partners:
BOZAR Art Centre (Brussels), Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella), Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow), ZKM Center for Art and Media(Karlsruhe), State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO (Moscow), Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki (Krakow), Jyväskylä University (Jyväskylä), Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow (Moscow), Tretyakov State Gallery (Moscow).