Kim? Contemporary Art Centre is excited to announce its participation in ArtVilnius on October 13–15. At the ArtVilnius project zone, which is a non-profit organization section, alongside contemporary art institutions from Lithuania, Georgia, Austria and Poland, Kim? will represent artist’s Indriķis Ģelzis work and a performance by Jette Loona Hermanis.
Selected works from Indriķis Ģelzis’ most recent solo exhibition Watery Day’s Eye, on view at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre from August 25 to October 8, 2023.
Indriķis Ģelzis (1988) lives and works in Rīga, Latvia. Ģelzis holds an MA in Visual Communication from the Art Academy of Latvia (Rīga, LV) and a Post-Graduate degree from HISK – Higher Institute for Fine Arts (Ghent, BE). Selected solo and two-person shows: VAGABOND / A Place Hard to Place, Jenny’s (New York, 2022); Yawn holding Fields, Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, 2022); Figure of Everything, Castor (London, 2020); Pause for the Cause, CINNAMON (Rotterdam, 2019); TABLEAU, ASHES/ASHES (New York, 2019). Recent group exhibitions: The 4 Gate Connection, Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, 2020); Doors of Paradise, Union Pacific (London, 2018); Superposition, Joshua Liner Gallery (New York, 2018). His works are featured in the Latvian National Museum of Art, Museum of Recent Art (Romania), and S.M.A.K collections. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary (Belgium), The Lewben Art Foundation (Lithuania), CELINE ART PROJECT (France), Paul Thiers Collection (Belgium), Alain Servais Family Collection (Belgium), Antoine De Werd Collection (Netherlands), Tanguy Van De Weghe Collection (Belgium), Frédéric de Goldschmidt Collection (Belgium), Wang Jianlin Collection (China), Colin Fernandes Collection (US), Zuzāns Private Collection (Latvia).
Jette Loona Hermanis
October 13, Friday, 6 – 7 p.m, STAGE
October 15, Sunday, 5 – 6 p.m, Kim? CAC BOOTH
The piece revolves around the entity named Endling, a lonely creature who is essentially the last survivour of their species. They are a single living being whose death consequently means the extinction of the whole species. Endling expresses loneliness and yearns for another half, rendering surreal situations in an apocalyptic environment that delusionally would satisfy their longings.
Format: solo performance, with some text in English
Concept, choreography, text and performance: Jette Loona Hermanis
Scenography elements and promotional visuals: Matiss Rucko
Costume: Kirke Talu
Sound mixing: Jette Loona Hermanis
Jette Loona Hermanis (1997), pulsing Baltic blood, is a performance artist, choreographer, and performer. After finishing her studies in Amsterdam School for New Dance Development (SNDO), she has since been based in Tallinn and Riga. She received the Estonian Theatre Prize Dance Award 2022 with Johhan Rosenberg for their work Eden Detail. Her work often animates the body through a digital veil. The storytelling format she uses – entwining an electronic soundtrack with a body – depicts hyperreal situations to which she can surrender.
ArtVilnius started in 2009 and has expanded and become firmly established on the local and international art scene as the only art fair of its type in the region. The 14th edition will inhabit the three main halls and outdoor areas of the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre LITEXPO, presenting 70 art galleries/institutions and 300 artists from 18 countries to welcome over 23,000 visitors. This year, the fair will focus on the topic of performativity as an opportunity to look at the concept of performativity openly and creatively, discussing the broadest interpretations of this term.
Alongside the galleries program, a separate project zone is organized in which various non-profit institutions and individual artists present special exhibitions. For the second year in a row, the ArtVilnius project zone is curated by writer and critic Valentinas Klimašauskas. The three-day program Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow is related to different interpretations of performativity, presenting a diverse line-up of institutional and guest contributors.
Participation in the fair is possible with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.