Kim? Contemporary Art Centre
SYMPOSIUM “Wearable Memory and Body Techniques”

Time:  November 24, 14.00–18.30

Venue:  Art Academy of Latvia, Building K2, O.Kalpaka Boulevard 13, Riga

Target audience: students, adults, seniors

Language: English

Participation: free of charge, no registration required

Participants and topics:


Curators Estere Kajema, Ricarda Messner, and Zane Onckule on their curatorial methodology and the biographies and creative practices of Solomon Levitanus and Ljuba Monastirsky.

Can the book be a lieu de mémoire?

Iļja Ļenskis, director of Museum “Jews in Latvia,” in conversation with historian and senior researcher of the National Library of Latvia, Gustavs Strenga, and Austra Aizpuriete, a conservation expert of the Collections Preservation Centre of National Libray of Latvia.

Triptych: Suit
Contemporary fashion and art duo MAREUNROL’S talk about creating objects in the form of fabric reliefs that describe Solomon Levitanus’ spatial thinking in volumes.

Subsurface Imaging of a Mass Grave: The Old Jewish Cemetery of Riga

Researcher Mikaela Martinez Dettinger’s audio explanation of the work and how to interpret the visual scans of the ground patterns displayed at the exhibition.

Golden Book

Fashion designers Santa Matule and Simona Veilande share insights from their collaborative textile workshop series inspired by Solomon Levitanus’ textbooks.

Recollecting Recollection Bureau

Presentation of artwork following Recollection Bureau: An Instructive Happening by POST group from the Art Academy of Latvia, first presented at the exhibition opening.

About participants:

Gustavs Strenga is a historian and senior researcher at the National Library of Latvia (NLL). His research interests include memory studies, gift-giving, heroes, and book history. He has curated several book exhibitions at the NLL.
Austra Aizpuriete has a gained education in restoration and used to be a paper conservator (graphics restoration). She is a conservation expert at the Collection Preservation Center of the NLL. The position involves organizing preventive preservation activities ensuring proper storage and safety conditions of the NLL collection.
Iļja Ļenskis graduated from the History and Philosophy Department of the University of Latvia, specializing in Modern and Contemporary History. Since 2006, he has worked at the Museum “Jews in Latvia”, director since 2008. His field of interest includes Latvia’s Jewish history with an emphasis on Enlightenment, modernization of the Jewish community, Jewish-Latvian relations, as well as issues of Holocaust commemoration.
MAREUNROL’S (Mārīte Mastiņa-Pēterkopa and Rolands Pēterkops) are simultaneously expanders and breakers of design’s boundaries. Thinkers and storytellers who lift clothing – fashion – out of the familiar frame of functionality, employing it as a thread for world- and self-awareness. They have participated in many international competitions, festivals, biennials, and group exhibitions.
Santa Matule works as a digital artist and architect at MARK arhitekti. She is the art and fashion curator for the design collective Butterman, which organizes various pop-up exhibitions on fashion design at Galerija Centrs. She studied architecture at Riga Technical University and holds a Master’s in Fashion Art from the Art Academy of Latvia.
Simona Veilande is a fashion designer and researcher at Tribal Hotel and part of the design collective Butterman. She holds a Master’s degree in Fashion Design from the Art Academy of Latvia and a Bachelor’s in Finance. Simona has created several conceptual fashion collections of interdisciplinary artworks and organized workshops with students, working with patterns from archival materials and translating them into the present.
Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a non-invasive geophysical method that sends electromagnetic pulses into the ground (Jol and Bristow, 2003). The Geoarchaeological research team responsible for this data comprises professionals and students from multiple disciplines. This team combines local and international expertise in the earth sciences, geography, history, and archaeology. These researchers work together to perform non-invasive investigations of Holocaust sites to locate, map, and memorialize sites that were once thought to be lost to history. Researchers are from the University of Wisconsin, Eau-Claire and Duquesne University, and research from the Museum “Jews in Latvia,” Indiana University, and Christopher Newport University. Involved in the Old Jewish Cemetery investigation: Michael Barrow, Harry Jol, Philip Reeder, Richard Freund, Ilya Lensky, Mikaela Martinez Dettinger, Tristan Wirkus, Isabel Radtke, Delia Ihinger, Bri Jol, Caroline Heyes, Joseph Beck.
POST is an interdisciplinary master’s specialization based on ideas of art in context. The program explores and examines how it is possible to study art today simultaneously in Eastern Europe and Northern Europe, a region with different borders characterized by a changing environment and a rich experience regarding the forced use and collapse of global ideologies. MA POST can be perceived as an open study space for various ideas and experiments, moving along in the zigzagged relief of practice. POST participants: Laura Aizporiete, Krišjānis Beļavskis, Katrīna Biksone, Lauma Muižarāja, Ieva Viese-Vigula, Spāre Vītola. Other participants: Johanna Sandels.