Homotopia co-presents first queer visual art show in Latvia
Slash: In Between The Normative And The Fantasy
June 18th – August 2nd 2015 Kim? – Contemporary Art Centre Riga, Latvia
Homotopia, is co-presenting the first ever queer visual art show in Latvia. The exhibition Slash : In Between The Normative And The Fantasy will open on June 18th and take place at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre as part of the official Europride 2015 programme. The exhibition is an international collaboration between partners in the United Kingdom, Holland, Latvia and USA.
Latvia is the first country of former the Soviet Union territory to host EuroPride.
kim? Contemporary Art Centre together with Berlin based Latvian curator Kaspars Vanags (curator of the Latvia’s National pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2015) and Gary Everett (founder and current artistic director at Homotopia Liverpooland official representative of Tom of Finland Foundation in Europe) is organizing the first art exhibition in Latvia dedicated to queer issues featuring new and recent art works from international and local contemporary artists as well as museum worthy display of Tom of Finland and Edgars Ozoliņš.
Homotopia’s Artistic Director Gary Everett commented: “Participating in this project is important on many levels. Even though it is 20 years since the decriminalization of homosexuality in Latvia it is only now that such an exhibition is taking place. The collaboration between cultural partners in Holland, USA, Latvia and the UK is exciting and innovative. I’m immeasurably proud of Homotopia’s international reach and our unique role in the project”
The group show includes participating artists such as Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tilmans, work by Tom of Finland, Karol Radziszewski andEdgars Ozoliņš, and the following participants: Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst (USA), Lucas Foletto-Celinski (Brazil, Germany), Atis Jākobsons (Latvia), Aleesa Cohene (Canada), Vladislas Nastavševs (Latvia), Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay (Canada, Germany), Armīns Ozoliņš (Latvia), Vilnis Vējš (Latvia).
Collaboration partners:Homotopia, ISSP, Galerie MooiMan,Tom of Finland Foundation, 427,Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Association ofMemorial Museums.
Curated by Kaspars Vanags with supporting curation by Gary Everett
Collaboration partners:Homotopia, ISSP, Galerie MooiMan,Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, 427,Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Association ofMemorial Museums.
Supporters:State Culture Capital Foundation, United States Embassy in Riga, Embassy of Finland in Latvia, Embassy of Canada to Latvia, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Riga, VKN,Absolut, BIRZĪ,Valmiermuižas alus,Mozaīka, Rīgas Laiks, Pieci.lv, Rīga TV24.