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SURVIVAL KIT 12

For the twelfth year in a row, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art is organising the international art festival Survival Kit that will take place from 3 September to 31 October 2021.


This year it will be in a different format. Instead of visiting empty and abandoned buildings, visitors will be invited to go to Riga’s memorial museums. The selection of the festival venues will also help to reveal its theme, drawing attention to individual stories in the context of collective memory, questions about the aging of society and the infrastructures of care. 


Tickets:

 Get the ticket for the whole festival online!

Festival ticket is valid from 3 September till 31 October to visit all 9 locations, each 1x during their working hours.

> Tickets can be bought directly at the museums, at their standart price. 


 Find out the opening hours and prices of each museum.


The festival is curated by the independent curators Övül Ö. Durmușoğlu and Joanna Warsza from Berlin.


>> CATALOGUE<<


Life has never fully submitted to the structures that seek to manage and administer it. It has always succeeded in avoiding this condition, even today, when more than ever, a comprehensive issue of survival and aging has become increasingly important. The metaphor of the “survival kit” suggests a series of questions: How to live in an aging society where discrimination based on one’s age, structural changes in terms of work and care, and – on top of everything, – the virus, co-exist? How can problems, which have been caused by the actions of the previous generation, be solved? What can be done with a political, economic and ecological debt on a planetary scale that must be tackled by the next generations? How can the idea that the human species is disappearing be addressed? How should we look at digital ageism and old people’s homes being segregated from the rest of the society? How can the fear of death and dependence on other people’s favours be overcome? What does it mean to age as a woman, a child, a partner, an artist? We are like an upturned pyramid: European society is growing older, and that includes middle-aged art creators and audiences. Therefore, it is a critical time to construct a strong collective logic and vocabulary of care from our everyday life in order to transgress capitalism’s ill logic that defines who can stay alive.


Since COVID-19 has turned many of us into a part of the same inter-twined fabric, the Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito’s analysis, when looking for a connection between the political concept ‘community’ and epidemiological concept ‘immunity’, raises a new awareness. Keeping in mind the different meanings of the roots of both words ‘munus’ (Esposito explains it as a burden, responsibility, commitment, gift, service, support, performance), in the framework of Survival Kit 12, we would like to imagine a new system of public immunity, which starts with a common fabric of skin, woven by the artists.



The works of the following 25 artists will be exhibited at this year’s festival: Oreet Ashery, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Pauline Curnier-Jardin, Oskar Dawicki, Vika Eksta, Ieva Epnere, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze, Kaspars Groševs, Johanna Hedva, Gözde İlkin, Dagna Jakubowska & Joanna Gawrońska - Kula, Gülsün Karamustafa, Flo Kasearu & Elīna Vītola, Eva Koťátková, Ieva Kraule-Kūna, Anda Lāce, Warren Niesłuchowski & Simon Leung, Felicita Pauļuka, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Mia Raadik, Anna Salmane and Jenna Sutela.



Festival venues: Jānis Akuraters Museum, Krišjānis Barons Museum, Rainis and Aspazija House, Janis Rozentāls and Rūdolfs Blaumanis Museum, Andrejs Upītis Memorial Museum, Ojārs Vācietis Museum, Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova Museum, Eduards Smiļģis Theatre Museum and Hotel Neiburgs.



The programme of Survival Kit 12 will consist of the contemporary art exhibition, discussions and conversations with artists, as well as guided tours as part of the of the public programme. The public programme of the Festival this year will be organised in close collaboration with the international poetry festival Poetry Days. The public program will be announced, based on the epidemiological situation.



The Festival’s curators Övül Ö. Durmușoğlu and Joanna Warsza are based in Berlin. They are curators, educators and writers. They co-curated Die Balkone. Life, Art, Pandemic and Proximity, a public art initiative in the windows and balconies of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin in 2020 and 2021. They will both curate the Autostrada Biennale in Kosovo in the summer of 2021.


Övül Ö. Durmușoğlu is a mentor and co-developer of the Graduate School of the University of the Arts in Berlin’s study programme and a visiting professor for Art and Discourse at the University of the Arts Braunschweig (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, HBK). In her multi-faceted practice as a curator, writer and educator, she researches intersectional forms and narratives of contemporary political subjectivities. Övül was one of the curators for the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz; Curator/Director for the YAMA public screen in Istanbul and Artistic Director of the Sofia Contemporary Near, Closer, Together: Exercises for a Common Ground Festival in 2013. She also curated different programmes for the 10th, 13th and 14th Istanbul Biennials; coordinated and organized different programs and events at Maybe Education and the public program for dOCUMENTA (13). Originally, from Ankara, she now lives in Berlin.


Joanna Warsza is the Programme Director of CuratorLab at the Konstfack University of the Arts in Stockholm, and an independent curator interested in how art functions politically and socially outside the white cubes. She was the Artistic Director of Public Art Munich 2018, curator of the Georgian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, head of public programs for Manifesta 10 in St. Petersburg and an associate curator of the 7th Berlin Biennale among others. She is an editor of more than ten publications in the areas of public art, politics, performativity and feminist theory. Lately she co-edited, Red Love. A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai (Konstfack Collection and Sternberg Press, 2020) with Michele Masucci and Maria Lind. Originally from Warsaw, she now lives in Berlin.


The public program of the art park Mobile Museum. Next Season and the Survival Kit festival have merged this year under a common name and thematic framework as The Fictitious Museum. This creates an illusory museum structure consisting of the future and the past departments of the museum. The issues at the heart of the Museum’s Department of the Future will be explored through a six-episode series of discussions and events. In turn, the platform of the Museum Department of the Past will be the public program of the Survival Kit 2021 festival, featuring discussions, artist evenings, procedural art and educational program activities. The public program will be announced, based on the epidemiological situation. 


Visual identity: REFLECT


Supporters of the festival: State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, Frame Finland, SAHA Association & Goethe Institut Riga.


Informative partners: Radio NABA, Satori, Arterritory, Punctum, Lsm.lv

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The annual Contemporary Art Festival Survival Kit will be held from September 3 to October 3, 2021 at Riga’s Memorial Museums:


Jānis Akuraters Museum, Krišjānis Barons Museum, Rainis and Aspazija House, Janis Rozentāls and Rūdolfs Blaumanis Museum, Andrejs Upītis Memorial Museum, Ojārs Vācietis Museum, Romans Suta and Aleksandra Beļcova Museum, Eduards Smiļģis Theatre Museum and Hotel Neiburgs. 


Tickets:

 Get the ticket for the whole festival online!

Festival ticket is valid from 3 September till 31 October to visit all 9 locations, each 1x during their working hours.

> Tickets can be bought directly at the museums, at their standart price. 


 Find out the opening hours and prices of each museum.