Opening today - a new exhibition "White Walkers"
September 21, 2017
Today, on 22 September at 19:00, a new contemporary art exhibition "White Walkers" will open, which is being supported under the auspices of the ABLV Charitable Foundation programme “Support for Contemporary Art Exhibitions”. The exhibition will be on view until 22 October at Tallinas Street 10, from 14:00-18:00 from Wednesdays to Sundays. Guests attending the exhibition’s opening ceremony will be entertained by a soundtrack produced by white walkers from Madona and Riga, as well as a treat conceived by Norwegian artist Steffen Håndlykken.
The contemporary art exhibition "White Walkers" promises to contribute a dose of abrasive sensuality to the blur of cultural events in September. The exhibition concept is based on the silence of the living corpses in the television series "Game of Thrones" – they approach civilisation threateningly, but all the while they conceal their intentions. At the same time, white walkers underline a certain boundary between the living and dead, between the abstract and the imitational, between the past and the future, and between imagination and reality. Nine internationally renowned artists are taking part in the exhibition, whose works often exist in various media, simultaneously referring to the legacy of modernism, life in the Internet age, and the search for new territories.
“White walkers keep silent – inevitably we put words and sounds into their destroyed mouths. Everything that has happened in the past and that is happening right now. Echoes, rumours, quiet sneers, roaring ocean, sharpening saw teeth, the sound when a light bulb fuse, sweaty wailing, clattering of heels too high, dyslectic poetry, song of a wet grass, crackling of glaciers, grinding teeth in dreams, banging of a hammer, car buzzing, tearing paper, not answering to e-mails, paint dripping on a synthetic carpet, squeaking stairs, pouring coffee liqueur, electromagnetic waves, FM, AM, stereo, mono, quadraphony if you want or even cacophony, silence, sawing of a stick with two ends, coke becoming muddy with a ringing splash, shivering of goose bumps, loud lamentation, plunking of ice cubes, wheezing, mumbling, words with no end, sentences that consist of a single “yes”, filing nails against sandpaper, buzzing mosquitoes, ghost howling and so forth and so on,” writes exhibition curator Kaspars Groševs.
Artists: Jaakko Pallasvuo, Carl Palm, Viktors Timofejevs, Rūtene Merkliopaite, Aapo Nikkanen, Evita Vasiļjeva, Marianne Vierø, Īrisa Erbse, Līva Rutmane.
Curator: Kaspars Groševs.
The show is accompanied by a publication with texts from Valentinas Klimašauskas, Marta Trektere, Steffen Håndlykken.
Graphic design: Gaile Pranckunaite and Mislav Žugaj.
Main supporter of the exhibition: the ABLV Charitable Foundation.
The exhibition will be on view to the public at Tallinas Street 10, which was formerly home to ambulance drivers and their problems. The exhibition will be open from 14:00 – 18:00 from Wednesdays to Sundays.
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