|Location/Dislocation. Between remembering and forgetting. Art Station Dubulti, Jūrmala, Latvia 2019
Location/Dislocation. Between remembering and forgetting. Mark Rothko Art Centre. Daugavpils, Latvia 5.7. - 8.9.2019. Art Station Dubulti, Jūrmala, Latvia. November 8th - 2019 - January 12th 2020. Curators: Vineta Kaulača and Inga Šteimane.
Artists: Jonny Briggs, Sigita Daugule, Vineta Kaulača Kaisu Koivisto, Katie Pratt, Karlis Rekevics
The exhibition looks at time and space as well as memory and the principles of organising space as a field of investigation. Here, space, relates not only to geographic size, but also includes psychological, cultural and social contexts. Finding themselves in perpetual motion, people form their relationships and determine their trajectory of movement with close attention to the spatial conditions. Whereas the perception of space in fact varies according to the place from which it is viewed; experience, social and cultural context, perspective and countless other factors.
Memory shapes space. With the help of memory, what you have just seen overlaps with what you saw the moment before creating depth to the visible. The necessity to see and observe is related to an alertness to sensations and to being aware of the experiential. Memory forms a relationship with the flow of time, the space of thought amid the emerging and the past, and an individual sense of time. When does the passing moment become present, experienced? And the ever-changing, constant? What is the force that makes one return to a situation, an image, a word? Describing the power of the gaze in a photographic image, Barthes highlights the punctum, a spontaneous and simultaneous unity with experience, “However lightning-like it may be, the punctum has, more or less potentially, a power of expansion. This power is often metonymic”.
The complexity of visual language as well as the diversity of approaches are demonstrated by the range of these exhibiting artists, working in a variety of media: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture as well as site-specific installation.
The idea of movement in space and the presence of different contexts is woven into the very curatorial principle of this exhibition, presenting artists from Finland, UK, USA and Latvia
The Art Station Dubulti has been founded as an innovative cultural platform in 2015. It is located in the functioning railway station, in the building of 1977 which is a striking example of Soviet modern architecture. Art Station Dubulti creates its own program to show the works of Latvian artists in current contexts. Projects are implemented with the support of Jūrmala City Council and support from the State Culture Capital Foundation. The curator of the Art Station Dubulti is Inga Šteimane.
From the series Landscapes of Longing (Liepaja, Latvia). Pigment print mounted on Dibond, 2012, 60 x 90 cm
Kaisu Koivisto, Vineta Kaulača
Karlis Rekevics, Vineta Kaulača
Karlis Rekevics, Vineta Kaulača
Kaisu Koivisto, Katie Pratt
Jonny Briggs, Sigita Daugule
Kaisu Koivisto: From the series Landscapes of Longing (Pastavy, Belarus). Pigment print, 2012.
From the series Landscapes of Longing (Barentsburg, Svalbard). Lambda print / Silisec; 2013. 60 x 90 cm