Divdabis. Duet of Artists from Different Eras: Atis Ieviņš / Inga Meldere
From 3 June to 2 July 2017, the second exhibition of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art’s exhibition cycle “Divdabis” will be on show at the 4th Floor Exhibition Halls of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1), featuring photographer, passionate experimenter with technologies, author of critically ironic commentary on Soviet society Atis Ieviņš and contemporary artist Inga Meldere.



Inga Lāce, curator of the exhibition Divdabis. Atis Ieviņš / Inga Meldere explains: “The idea originates from Atis Ieviņš’ photo-screenprint TV (1980), which shows a screen of a colour television set with an empty ice hockey goal. The work is characterised both by the author’s interest in colour television, which was rare in Soviet Latvia at the time, and the dullness of everyday life where television provided a brief respite from reality. In her new works created especially for the exhibition, Inga Meldere continues the reflection on the TV screen, its images and viewers from a contemporary perspective, taking into consideration today’s characteristic overload of visual material.”


Both artists share an experimental approach to the technical side of making an artwork. The portraits Atis Ieviņš’ created during the Soviet period, which are also on show in the exhibition, were made in his unique technique of silver gelatin process. In the reaction between photographic paper from that years and silver developer, Ieviņš achieved a photographic image that resembles a painting. There are parallels to Inga Meldere’s experiments, where the artist first prints the image on a fabric, paints it over, occasionally prints it again or alters the sequence of actions, and as a result creates light, transparent and subtle collages of images.


While Ieviņš’ works suggest an ironic and sometimes critical perspective on Soviet society, Meldere is interested in both personal and art-historical fixations. By highlighting several unnoticed details and using them in collages, the artist strives to show to herself and the viewers new possibilities for interpreting the past and the present.



From May to August 2017, the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA) organizes a cycle of exhibitions in the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA) bringing together two different personalities and space-times of Latvian art. The LCCA has chosen three vivid duos that include notable artists of their epoch: Jānis Borgs and Kaspars Groševs, Atis Ieviņš and Inga Meldere, Oļegs Tillbergs and Jānis Filipovičs. Specially for these exhibitions, works made in the 70–90s of the 20th century have been reconstructed and new works are produced, surveying the conditions and context which has affected creative processes in different eras.


A string of artists which were active in the 1970s – 1990s have traced the development of Latvian contemporary art and have become important markers on the art map. Nevertheless, for several decades their work has only fragmentarily been accessible to the general public. Through the reconstruction and interpretation of works from this period, the cycle of exhibitions is an attempt to fill in the blank or little-known chapters in art history, and, in a broader sense – to make these works and their context accessible to a contemporary audience.



The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA), curator and producer of national and international art events, is the largest contemporary art institution in Latvia. Since 1993, it studies and shapes contemporary art processes both in Latvia and abroad, with the aim of provoking a critical reflection on contemporary societal issues. Among the hallmarks of the LCCA is the most ambitious annual contemporary art event in Latvia, Survival Kit, exhibitions of contemporary art at the Latvian National Museum of Art, the Year of Hardijs Lediņš as well as the representation of Latvia in such international events as Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Venice Art Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo, Manifesta, Rauma Contemporary Art Biennale, and others. The LCCA maintains the only archive of Latvian contemporary art.










Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce, Andra Silapētere, Diāna Popova,

Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art



Līna Birzaka-Priekule, Exhibition Curator,

Head of the Creative Studio at the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall, Latvian National Museum of Art


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