The irreconcilable diversity evident in the show’s eight participants and their works testifies to contemporary and conceptual transformations underway at the Painting department of the Art Academy of Latvia. These transformations are most likely but a symptom of larger processes of change in and outside art. However, the necessity of visual representation seems unavoidable for as long as it makes sense to bestow the name of painting to the genre. It is unavoidable for as long as we consider a conversation between an artist, an individual viewer, an expert and the public to be a necessity. For the young artists of the Art Academy of Latvia, this representation has been missing, in its classical or at least customary form, but it doesn’t mean that its necessity has dwindled. This partially virtual hybrid exhibition is an attempt to maintain the conversation at a time of crisis, at the same time testifying to the processes fermenting at the Painting department of the Academy.