21.04.2017 – 14.05.2017
Triumph Gallery, Moscow
Triumph Gallery is proud to present the fifth exhibition in the project series EXTENSION, which shows the current art scene of different countries. The exhibition EXTENSION.LV: Meeting with Ourselves will showcase works by contemporary artists from Latvia.
Most of the artists featured at the exhibition EXTENSION.LV have either been nominated or won the national award The Purvitis Prize. Vilhelms Purvitis is justifiably considered the founder of landscape painting at the Art Academy of Latvia and is one of the key figures in the history of Latvian culture. Founded in 2008, the prize has become a symbol of the current state of contemporary art in Latvia. It is not only a major award, but also serves as an archive presenting a picture of key artists and the directions of contemporary art in Latvia.
The search for identity, characteristic of so many countries in the world today, also determines to no less extent the art scene in Latvia. However, experiments on the construction of identity took place in the 1990s, and it is already possible to observe today a reflection of what has actually emerged and the search for possible ways to describe this reality. A quote from Carl Gustav Jung, which is the sub-heading of the exhibition — "the meeting with ourselves belongs to the most unpleasant things" — describes the current situation perfectly.
The artists, who presented at the exhibition are to a large extent united by similar professional trajectories. Almost all the artists graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia, took part in exhibitions in Latvia and abroad, were nominated or won The Purvitis Prize. At the same time the apparent homogeneity of the infrastructure unleashes different types of artistic practice aimed at the attempt to view themselves from the outside and to overcome the discomfort of the meeting with ourselves.