On October 23, in the Great Hall of the Riga Art Space exhibition hall, the performance of artists Artūrs Virtmanis and Daniela Vētra “Against the Tragic Wall” will take place, which will result in an exhibition with newly created art objects, the organizers informed.
It will be possible to watch the performance in person for a limited number of spectators, while the exhibition created from it will be available for a short period of time only – from October 29 to December 6 in the exhibition hall “Riga Art Space”.
The performance of both world-renowned and acclaimed artists will herald the seemingly opposite impulses that create cycles of creation and destruction both on the individual’s deeply personal, existential level and in external interactions with society as a whole. Inspired by Martin Luther King’s legendary speech on the centenary of the abolition of slavery in 1963, the central motif of this performance and exhibition will be its quote “I have a dream”, which transforms from a visually impressive, dynamic performance process into a graphic, entropy installation that will later be seen in the exhibition with documentation of the course of this performance.
The performance will consist of elements worthy of a show and farce with a good dose of irony, as well as unpredictable and physically heavy repetitive action, in which gender roles will change and the object with the action will become a mirror of society.
The performance will be created by installation artist Artūrs Virtmanis, Daniela Vētra, musician Linards Kalniņš, as well as DJ Monsta and Olivers Veldre, a student of the Riga Dome Choir School.
Daniela Vētra is an artist who deals with performance art, “live art”, installation art, is an author and actress of contemporary circus performances. Currently lives and works in Riga, Latvia.
Artūrs Virtmanis is an installation artist who, after studying in the Sculpture sub-branch of the Latvian Academy of Arts, has moved to New York, working in the fields of visual art, scenography and design. He has authored and co-authored numerous exhibitions, Broadway musicals, European operas and theaters, as well as several important projects, such as the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics, the MTV Award in New York, the Cirque de Solei in Dubai and elsewhere. In his work, he often focuses on the multi-layered representation of the time dimension, developing it into a three-dimensional monochrome installation.
Performance and exhibition curator: Luīze Lismane. Organized by the exhibition hall “Riga Art Space” of the Association of Cultural Institutions of Riga Municipality, the implementation of the project is supported by the Riga City Council.
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