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The 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art / RIBOCA2


The 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art and suddenly it all blossoms, curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, will take place from 20 August – 13 September 2020 in Riga, Latvia. It will bring together 65 participants, including 9 collectives across 200,000 m2 of the historical Andrejsala industrial port area in Riga.


ABOUT THE BIENNIAL

Since the inception of the project, curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel’s proposition was to reflect on the end of the world we live in, and to investigate the building of a new one with space for other voices, sensibilities, and ways of making relationships. The Biennial had thus been proposed as an alternative to the torrent of hopeless narratives, taking the notion of ‘re-enchantment’ as a frame for building desirable presents and futures. and suddenly it all blossoms grew from the Latvian and Baltic context, where worlds have ended many times, over centuries of occupations, wars and economic upheavals.

During the three-week exhibition run, performances (Bridget Polk, Dominika Olszowy, IevaKrish, Bendik Giske, Nina Beier and Dora Budor), artist talks (Lina Lapelyté, Marguerite Humeau, Valdis Celms, Oliver Beer, Tomás Saraceno, Jaanus Samma in conversation with Uku Lemper and Ineta Lipše), a public programme featuring Emanuele Coccia, and a continuation of the Biennial’s online series of conversations (Jack Halberstam, Avery F. Gordon, Vinciane Despret), guided tours and public programmes will be held while ensuring health and safety condition. A special RIBOCA2 family Sunday will be held on 23 August with a full day of activities and workshops for parents and children.

THE VENUE

A partially abandoned peninsula, Andrejsala is somewhere between a ruin and a renovation site, mirroring the current state of the world. It stands as a metaphor for the ruptures of modern utopias, Soviet ideals and capitalist hopes, and resonates with our current challenges: to find ways of inhabiting the world in a new epoch while acknowledging these shared heritages. For RIBOCA2, Andrejsala opens like never before, granting public access to previously restricted areas through exhibition design realised in collaboration with the architects LLRRLLRR (Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa). Imagined as a 4 – 5-hour wander, the exhibition’s path has been envisioned as an encounter with other rhythms, a stroll through contemporary ruins, and an invitation to consider a new world growing out of them. Works are installed outdoors across the waterfront, in empty lots, meadows and wastelands, in a former paintball field and within indoor spaces ranging from a hangar to the main RIBOCA2 port building.

THE MOVIE

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, as artistic director and script writer of the movie, invited acclaimed Latvian film director Dāvis Sīmanis to co-direct the film, collaborating with his team including Andrejs Rudzāts as director of photography. Together they are working on a feature-length film that is planned to be released early 2021.

As conventional ways of making, thinking and experiencing are being profoundly challenged, the need to reimagine exhibition formats and access seems more pressing than ever. Adapting to the great level of uncertainty in the coming months while maintaining its commitments to the artists, and suddenly it all blossoms will be
transformed into a movie set, which will be open to the public for three weeks if conditions allow. The film itself will present a dialogue between finished, unfinished, and absent works. Somewhere between a ruin and a construction site, at the threshold of unknown tomorrows and open possibilities, and suddenly it all blossoms
acknowledges our situation and the limits of our control.

Visitors will be able to explore the exhibition and witness the process of the film being shot. During the three-week run of the show, performances, guided tours and public programmes will be held while maintaining sanitary and social distancing measures.

RIBOCA2 Opening Programme* August 2020

20 AUGUST, THURSDAY

*12:00 – 19:00 Exhibition opening hours (last entrance at 18:00)

11:00 Opening Ceremony
Location: Hangar (Andrejostas iela 4)
12:00-14:00 / 15:00-16:30 / 17:00-19:00 Bridget Polk “Balancing Rocks and Rubble”
Location: Hangar (Andrejostas iela 4)
13:30-15:00 Dora Budor “In The Year Of (companion piece)”
Location: Meadows, duration ~ 1,5 h (Andrejostas iela 4)
16:00 Oliver Beer “Household Gods (Aspazija)”
Location: Port Building, 2nd floor, duration ~ 1 h (Andrejostas iela 25)
17:00 Tomás Saraceno Artist talk with RIBOCA2 Chief Curator Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel
Location: Port Building, Public Programmes area (Andrejostas iela 25)
18:15 Dominika Olszowy “Yawn of a Sleepy Heart”
Location: Port Building, 2nd floor, duration ~ 30 min (Andrejostas iela 25)

Public Tours: 12:30 and 15:30 (Language: LAT | ENG | RU // Duration: 2 h)
RIBOCA art mediators invite you to a unique encounter with contemporary art through the exhibition.
Location: Main Entrance meeting point (Andrejostas iela 4)
Limited capacity, please register HERE

21 AUGUST, FRIDAY

*12:00 – 20:00 Exhibition opening hours (last entrance at 19:30)

12:00-14:00 / 15:00-17:00 / 18:00-20:00 Bridget Polk “Balancing Rocks and Rubble”
Location: Hangar (Andrejostas iela 4)
15:30 Valdis Celms Artist talk in conversation with art critic Vilnis Vējš
Location: Port Building, Public Programmes area (Andrejostas iela 25)
17:00 Augustas Serapinas Artist talk
Location: Port Building meeting point, talk will include walk around the exhibition
area. (Andrejostas iela 25), duration: ~ 1,5 h
18:00 – 19:00 Jack Halberstam live lecture “Wild Things
An Aesthetics of Bewilderment”, Q&A with Sofia Lemos, Associate Curator of Public Programmes
Location: Port Building, Public Programmes area (Andrejostas iela 25)

Public Tours: 13:00 and 17:00 (Language: LAT | ENG | RU // Duration: 2 h)
RIBOCA art mediators invite you to a unique encounter with contemporary art through the exhibition.
Location: Main Entrance meeting point (Andrejostas iela 4)
Limited capacity, please register HERE

22 AUGUST, SATURDAY

*12:00 – 20:00 Exhibition opening hours (last entrance at 19:30)

12:00 – 20:00 RIBOCA2 Movie Shooting Day 1
Location: Port Building, 1st floor (Andrejostas iela 25)
12:00-14:00 / 15:00-17:00 / 18:00 – 20:00 Bridget Polk “Balancing Rocks and Rubble”
Location: Hangar (Andrejostas iela 4)
Nina Beier “Total Loss”
Location: Port Building (Andrejostas iela 25). Time TBC on the website riboca.digital

Public Tours: 13:00 and 17:00 (Language: LAT | ENG | RU // Duration: 2 h)
RIBOCA art mediators invite you to a unique encounter with contemporary art through the exhibition.
Location: Main Entrance meeting point (Andrejostas iela 4)
Limited capacity, please register HERE

17:00, JURMALA (Duration 1,5 h)
“Cruising in Soviet Riga. Irbe’s diaries.” Talk with artist Jaanus Samma,
historians Ineta Lipša and Uku Lember, moderated by Kaspars Vanags. 27
Limited attendance capacity, please come in advance to secure your entry;
Location: Ceriņu iela 5, Jūrmala

23 AUGUST, SUNDAY

*12:00 – 20:00 Exhibition opening hours (last entrance at 19:30)

12:00 – 20:00 RIBOCA2 Movie Shooting Day 2
Location: Small house, Hangar, Port Building
12:00 – 14:00 / 15:00 – 17:00 / 18:00 – 20:00 Bridget Polk “Balancing Rocks and Rubble”
Location: Hangar (Andrejostas iela 4)
Bendik Giske Acoustic
(limited attendance capacity, please come in advance to secure your entry; schedule
will be announced on the website riboca.digital)
Public Tours: 13:00 and 17:00 (Language: LAT | ENG | RU // Duration: 2 h)
RIBOCA art mediators invite you to a unique encounter with contemporary art through the exhibition.
Location: Main Entrance meeting point (Andrejostas iela 4)
Limited capacity, please register HERE

Source: https://www.rigabiennial.com/en/

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