From 21 November until 13 December 2020, a solo show by Sabīne Vernere was on view at Brīvības street 40 (Riga, Latvia). The exhibition was supported by VV Foundation.


The exhibition consisted of several interrelated series of works – 33 ink paintings. Curator of the exhibition Henriks Eliass Zēgners writes: “First comes automatic reactions, excitement and embarrassment, then – an attempt to disintegrate symbolic layers, and at the end, an inkling appears: the tools of Vernere’s work – body and sexuality – in these series of works firstly regains pureness that has been once taken away from them. Here it is not a topic, but the language of work – honest, unshy, archetypically deep, uncomfortable and therefore impressive. Body to her is a material for ideas, a field for thinking and in its centre is the life itself and the instincts to live a full-blooded life, to reach for fulfillment, pleasure, understanding, dedication and interest.”


Sabīne Vernere (1990) in 2018 graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia with a Master degree in Painting. She has also studied at the The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Since 2009 she has been participating in group exhibitions in Latvia, The Netherlands, Lithuania and France, and was also selected as one of the artists representing Latvia at the JCE Contemporary art biennale. Sabīne Vernere has created 4 solo shows and since 2020 she is the manager of Art Academy of Latvia’s art space PILOT. 

Sabīne Vernere. Photo: Arnis Balčus

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