Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

NINETIES. Contemporary Art in Latvia

Compiler and editor: Ieva Astahovska 

Design: Kristaps Epners 

Bilingual - English and Latvian

565 pages, illustrated

Published by The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art


Rīga, Latvia


Authors of the articles: Elita Ansone, Ieva Astahovska, Ieva Auziņa, Pauls Bankovskis, Jānis Borgs, Kristīne Briede, Aiga Dzalbe, Lolita Jablonskiene, Anda Kļaviņa, Solvita Krese, Ieva Lejasmeijere, Zane Matule, Santa Mazika, Līga Miezīte-Jensena, Stella Pelše, Rasa Šmite, Raitis Šmits, Alise Tīfentāle, Sergejs Timofejevs, Māra Traumane, Vilnis Vējš.

“Publication “Nineties. Contemporary Art in Latvia” has a wonderful structure, broad thematic expansion, literary cheerfulness and amazing design. Volumes’ back is uncovered and book cover reflects like a mirror. Volume has 34 academic articles, playful interviews and 14 republished articles that bring back the 90ies.”

Anita Vanaga, art historian

This publication provides an in-depth overview of the most significant art developments in Latvia in the 90s. Critical essays are accompanied by conversations with artists, curators and other personalities from the field of culture – artist and poet Andris Breže, curator Helēna Demakova, artists Miķelis Fišers, Gints Gabrāns, Leonards Laganovskis, Sarmīte Māliņa, Ojārs Pētersons, Miervaldis Polis, Oļegs Tillbergs, Edgars Vērpe, film director Juris Poškus, art historian Laima Slava, curator Kaspars Vanags etc.

For some 90s was as a time of freedom, hope and euphoria, a time of new and amazing opportunities, when things happened and everything changed, as Swedish table, smörgåsbord – everything was there, and you didn’t know from which end to start. For others the nineties were a time of system change and survival, out into the world where there were no longer familiar capsules, which lock you in and give you the feeling that you are needed and judged by rules which you know and understand.

This publication is the first compendium type summary of the recent goings-on in the art field, it focuses on the decade that has been the most radical borderline in the contemporary art in Latvia – when the institutional system changed, when it was thrown into the global art world and when in artists’ works appeared strategies, paradigmatically different from previous decades and context.

Design: Kristaps Epners. Published by The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2010
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