The exhibition "Circle of Arts" offers an opportunity to get an insight into the artistic research carried out as part of the Professional Doctorate program of the Art Academy of Latvia. The works of eleven doctoral students and four lecturers reveal the diversity of the artists' topics and techniques. Within the exhibition's framework, the authors critically and inquisitively look for ways to solve various social burning issues using visual art, coming up with answers and even more questions. Questions about the deconstruction of memory and history, feminism and its diverse manifestations in contemporary art, interpretations of the history of religion and art, as well as those that challenge a particular medium represented by the work of art itself, are just some of the pieces of art included in the exhibition. The nature motif also plays a meaningful part. Interpreted through references to metaphysics, ecology, collective memory, and meditation, it encourages reflection, examination, and new attempts to discover ways to live in these troubled times.
The title "Circle of Arts" reflects the never-ending cycle of creative inspiration, where artists endlessly look for new, innovative solutions to apply in their artistic research and creative practice. The exhibition displays pieces of art by the students and lecturers of the Art Academy of Latvia's professional doctoral program: Veronika Frolova, Egons Perševics, Rasa Jansone, Atis Jākobsons, Nils Jumītis, Madara Kvēpa, Anna Pommere, Ansis Rozentāls, Elīna Brese, Sandra Strēle, Laura Veļa, Prof. Andris Vītoliņš, Prof. Ph.D. Kristaps Zariņš, Prof. Juris Petraškevičs, and Asoc. Prof. Ph.D Jaceks Kolasinskis.
Exhibition "Circle of Arts"
Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, Italy
13.05. – 18.06.2023.
Curator: Inese Rozentāle
The Art Academy of Latvia was founded in 1919, at the same time when the Republic of Latvia was formed, and has been the leading art university in Latvia for 100 years. Embodying the spirit of creativity and freedom, the AAL has been able to assert its independence and develop purposefully — it has become a noteworthy art institution on a regional and European scale, the aim of which is to provide high-quality and competitive higher education and comprehensively develop art, design, and science, thus ensuring creative and scientific unity of research and continuity of studies. The Art Academy of Latvia initiates and cooperates in activities that help advance Latvian national art and design development strategies, creates creative incubators and collaboration platforms in the art and design business, and publishes research and teaching materials. The unity of artistic creativity and research manifests in countless local and international projects that the AAL sets up or supports. Students and graduates of the Art Academy of Latvia gain international recognition and awards at worldwide art and design events, as well as at the most ambitious international industry shows and annual international competitions.