Established in 2009, “Survival Kit” is the biggest contemporary art event in the Baltics. Each year, a socially relevant and important theme is selected for the festival. This year, “Survival Kit 9”, on view at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, focuses on the broadening of perception and learning from nature and gathers the work of over 20 artists, including PIPA Prize 2011 Finalist Jonathas de Andrade.
The exhibition raises an important question: Can we develop a more holistic understanding of the world by avoiding human-centred learning processes and embracing the embodied knowledge of other species or types of being? “Survival Kit 9” proposes future ecologies in which equality and rights are not limited to humankind. “We live in a time where the world is interpreted by using the populism and conservative nationalism, and a reckless use of nature occurs, that’s why “Survival Kit 9” will be directed to the awareness of a new experience and senses, emphasizing other world perceptions and ways of learning,” says the festival’s curator team.
The works showcased deal with the problematics of environment and globalisation and questions related to human intervention in nature, besides of proposing alternative ways of approaching nature and engage with other forms of life.
“Survival Kit 9”, group show with Maria Thereza Alves, Laurie Anderson, Jonathas de Andrade, Lotta Antonsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Juris Boiko, Andris Eglītis, Ieva Epnere, Annika Eriksson, Andris Grinbergs / Laima Žurgina, Ehsan Ul Haq, Jim Holyoak, Nona Inescu, Britta Marakatt-Labba, Christine Ödlund, Jean Painlevé, Andrej Polukord, Krišs Salmanis, Nomeda Urbonas & Gediminas Urbonas, James Webb, Gernot Wieland and Wong Kit Yi
On view from September 8th through October 1st
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art
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