Evita Vasiļjeva, Jānis Dzirnieks, Ojārs Pētersons, Krišs Salmanis at kim? / Riga

Gut House on the Print Level by Evita Vasiļjeva 
Waiting for the Next Minute by Jānis Dzirnieks 
second hand by Ojārs Pētersons 
Skilando by Krišs Salmanis

kim? Contemporary Art Centre
Sporta 2, Rīga, LV-1013

26/10 – 27/11/2016

Gut House on the Print Level

 The Amsterdam-based Latvian artist’s Evita Vasiļjeva’s solo-exhibition Gut House on the Print Level comprises robust and fragile, seemingly moving, sculptures that have been carried over from the studio to the exhibition space, among them information disseminating devices cast in plaster, large scale prints, metal wickerwork article and pieces inspired by car interior rubber floor mats. 

Evita Vasiļjeva (born in 1985) is a Netherlands-based Latvian artist. Graduated from the Fine Arts program at the Amsterdam Gerrit Rietveld Academie (in 2012), worked at the artist residency De Ateliers (2014-2016), Amsterdam. Latest solo-exhibitions: Nothing Lost, Nothing Found, Gallery 427, Riga (2016); Form X, V240, Amsterdam (2016) and Parallel to Vertical, kim? Contemporary Arts Centre, Riga (2013); group exhibitions: Potlach, De Ateliers graduate exhibition, Amsterdam (2016); A Bigger Peace, a Smaller Peace, the Latvian Museum of Railway History in Riga (2015); Lily’s Pool, Art in General, New York (2015), New Participants, De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2014), Aspen-Kemmern, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014); Vortex, Project Space Garage, Moscow (2014), NF Presents: from A to Be to SEE to D, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2014), Monograms, Vita Kuben Gallery, Umeå (2014); Indian Summer, Gallery Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2013).

Waiting for the Next Minute

The exhibition is created as installation, which advances with every visitor. A vector graphic – paths and anchor points that assemble by the influence of the artist’s experienced events – is at the core of the work. Colour usage symbolizes some specific person and stylized hangers point to this person’s framework, while owing water should be accepted as the artist’s daily stroll in the direction of the tram, and so on. 

Jānis Dzirnieks is the first OPEN kim? CALL winner. OPEN kim? CALL began in June 2016, it is aimed at promoting the development of Latvian contemporary art, its a liated processes, and no less important – its visibility. kim? facilitates the arrangement of necessary preconditions and support for the successful implementation of an event for an artist(-s) and/or curator(-s) from Latvia whose creative practice spans less than ve years. With OPEN kim? CALL the organization opens its doors for regular new author – artist, curator, collective etc. – expressions, providing assistance within an opportunity to create a new body of work, curate an exhibition, issue publications, realize performances and others.

Jānis Dzirnieks (born in 1992) is studying in the Bachelor’s program at the Art Academy of Latvia, majoring in Visual Communications. He also studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin for a year. Since 2013, he has been actively participating in the development of illustration projects, drawing illustrations for Popper Publishing publications and exhibitions. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions at the following galleries: Zwitischer Maschine, Berlin, Maloinoji6, Vilnius, La Escocesa, Barcelona, Deutsches Haus New York, galleries 427 and Alma, in Riga, the National Library of Latvia exhibition halls and others. Dzirnieks is part of the artist association 3/8, within which he has had two exhibitions X kg (2016) at the 427 gallery and  / (2015) at RIXC media space.


Skiland is a massive reinforced concrete structure in the Japanese mountains on Shikoku Island, which was initially built as a skiing resort and is now a half abandoned, crumbling hotel and trout farm. After an invitation from the Kamiyama local government and development agencies in Japan, following a competitive procedure, artist Krišs Salmanis received an opportunity to partake in a residency program in the Tokushima prefecture to create a new art work. 

Krišs Salmanis (born in 1977) studied at the Art Academy of Latvia specializing in Visual Communications and at the Media Art Academy in Cologne. He exhibited in the Latvian National Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia together with Kaspars Podnieks. In 2010 and 2012 he was nominated for the Purvītis Award in its final selection round. The artist’s work is included in the Latvian National Museum of Art and the future Contemporary Art Museum of Latvia collections, as well as the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia and Transitland: Video Art from Central and Eastern Europe. Gallery ALMA represents the artist. 

second hand

As part of the new exhibition cycle Ojārs Pētersons, professor at the Art Academy of Latvia, is presenting his third solo-exhibition at kim? titled second hand. Photographs and second hand ready-mades, once used daily, these may well be permanent works, but through reciprocity they create an altogether new image. Situated the centre of kim? exhibition space, right in-between current and past students' work, Pētersons' exhibition functions as an intermediary. 

Ojārs Pētersons (born in 1956) graduated from the Woodcarving Department of the Applied Arts School of Riga (in 1975) and then the Industrial Art  Department of the Art Academy of Latvia (in 1980). He has been exhibiting since 1975. In the 1980s, he actively collaborated with artists Andris Breže, Juris Putrāms as well as Henrihs Vorkals. Pētersons has participated in several exhibitions abroad including the 23rd San Paulo Biennale (in 1996), and within the Latvian National Pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale together with Inta Ruka and Anta Zabiļevska (in 1998). Currently Ojārs Pētersons is a professor in the Visual Communications Department at the Art Academy of Latvia, and works as the Department Head for Motion, Image and Sound.

All photos by Ansis Starks. Courtesy of kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga