NADA Miami 2020 / Riga
Kim? together with Low & 427
Online: Indriķis Ģelzis and Elza Sīle
December 1 – 5, 2020
In-person at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre: Group exhibition Black Market
December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021
Opening: December 1, 12 pm – 8 pm
Artists: Indriķis Ģelzis, Kaspars Groševs, Inga Meldere, Elza Sīle, Viktor Timofeev, Amanda Ziemele, and the special project by Low (Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola) and Palette: Three-legged Evidence by Daria Melnikova
As of 2020 Kim? adds the selected gallery operations to its resume to strengthen the visibility and support the roster of long time artists-collaborators as well as new names from Riga. We are therefore thrilled to announce that Kim? together with 427 and Low will participate in NADA Miami 2020.
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the definitive non-profit arts organization dedicated to the cultivation, support, and advancement of new voices in contemporary art, has announced the exhibitor list for NADA Miami, the organization’s annual flagship art fair, taking place December 1 – 5, 2020 in a reimagined format.
The 18th edition of NADA Miami will showcase an international series of presentations from a diverse roster of 46 NADA Members and 27 first-time exhibitors for a total of 96 galleries from 44 cities, both in gallery spaces and online. The fair features gallery hubs in multiple cities, including Kim?, 427 and Low in Riga.
NADA Miami remains dedicated to celebrating rising talents from around the globe. Visitors of the 2020 fair will be invited to experience gallery presentations in person in their local city, and discover the best of contemporary art online through a newly-designed digital platform. Accompanying the fair, the virtual programming series will continue to showcase conversations and performances from the defining voices of contemporary art and culture.
Indriķis Ģelzis and Elza Sīle
December 1 – 5, 2020
On Indriķis Ģelzis’ works
Paralleling a collective low-grade depression of a quarantine mode, Indriķis Ģelzis’ wall works illuminate the nervous intersection between psychosis, violence and desire. Born out of a virtual image using 3D software, these humanlike, rigid architecture sculptures contain effortful physical labor of welding, bending, grinding, burning, oiling, and sewing. Within a stainless steel frame, one is tempted to find headless figures, all limbs and spines, cuddling or copulating, at work and play, elbowing for a room in the composition. These frames are gentle traps, held for examination or for correction. They echo a hyperactive stock market graphs alluding to capitalism’s impulse to accumulate information-as-wealth. As a condition of their capture, they lay here – in art fair’s online room – in stillness, frozen in time.
On Elza Sīle’s works
Sliding through human-scale-trap mode, Elza Sīle presents the set of a paint applied metallic wall-bound platforms that hosts a vocabulary of psycho-spatial typologies. Disarmed by touch, poked in oil tube skin and “hand-tapped”, these works consists of the following units: (rib cage is my courthouse) (monotonous sheep walking marked line) (rhetorical delicacies) (snakes honey poison bakery) (all congratulated triumphants) (a built up of non-existent x’s) (pyramid with a blined top) (upstairs downstairs) (ideological constructions) (casual fountains) (collective numbered bones) (laurel olive palm leaves).
Group exhibition Black Market at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
December 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Artists: Indriķis Ģelzis, Kaspars Groševs, Inga Meldere, Elza Sīle, Viktor Timofeev, and Amanda Ziemele as well as the special project by Low (Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola) and Daria Melnikova’s Palette: Three-legged Evidence
Black Market is a collaborative (together with Riga based gallery 427 and gallery Low) sales event – presentation installed and hosted by Kim? in Riga. Borrowing its name from the 1990s post-Soviet reality with clandestine markets all around the Baltics, this improvised art fair booth embraces the underdog status of the Riga art market scene with an attempt to overcome the curse of never being legal or financially viable. Black Market will open on December 1 and will run for two months (until January 31, 2021). It will include the recent works and series from Riga affiliated or Riga bound artists selected by the three galleries and curatorially arranged by the host. All sales will be split equally and shared among the gallery and participating artists.
at 427: (in-person) Jānis Dzirnieks and online with Jānis Dzirnieks, Kaspars Groševs, and Evita Vasiļjeva
more info: https://fourtoseven.info/
at Low: (in -person) Vika Eksta as part of the mini residencies cycle “Guild” and (online) Artist Crisis Center II-B: Fair Gear by (Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola with additional surprise artwork by Anna Ceipe, Hanele Zane Putniņa, Līva Rutmane, and Amanda Ziemele)
more info: http://www.low.gallery/
Kim? is devoted to ideas, gestures, textures and interventions that shifts from “a well trained chameleon face” to a cadavre exquis, from “a polygon, a laboratory, a lighthouse” to a hybrid organism. Founded in 2009, Kim? has actively contributed to the art discourse both in Latvia and on a global scale with extensive exhibition programming, as well as international collaborations, discussions, publications, talks and performances.
Kim? with its name being a question itself (“kas ir māksla?” – what is art?) inhabits an ongoing series of questions – what it means to be a cultural agent today and to contribute to the vast landscape of contemporary art, how to show and talk about art, thinking about how art functions in differing contexts of local and global economies, traditions, cultures and subcultures, between the disappearance and reappearance of identities. As of 2020 Kim? adds the gallery operations to its resume to strengthen the visibility and support the roster of long time artists-collaborators as well as new names from Riga.
Gallery 427 was opened in 2014 with aim to frequently show contemporary art, to uncover signs, to cast nets and to exchange with confabulations. During this time the gallery has opened almost 50 shows, working with local and international artists, as well as extending international collaboration beyond Latvian borders (with recent projects in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brno, Berlin).
Gallery Low is an artist-run space led by Ieva Kraule-Kūna, Elīna Vītola and Amanda Ziemele. Gallery’s main focus for the year 2020 is to explore different strategies of artistic expression and administration to find a personally satisfactory answer to the question of what is the particular tone of the local Eastern European voice in the cacophony of the global art market and how can an art institution exist without selling out.
More information: https://www.newartdealers.org/
Supported by: Ministry of Culture, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, KRASSKY, Satori, Arterritory.com, Green Print, Kokmuižas alus, Gardu muti
Acknowledegements: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Maija Rudovska and Roots to Routes, Evija Sīle, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Norbert Veber
Based on the sanitary protocol issued by Ministry of Culture, Kim? is implementing physical distancing and disinfection norms for all the visitors (1 person per 10 sq. m.).