The first PAiR open call residency in collaboration with curator João Laia has already begun!
We are thankful to all the artists, curators and researchers who applied for the first VV PAiR open call and shared their amazing ideas with us. The Selection committee chose 5 applicants who are now spending time and working on creative ideas in Pāvilosta.

Marta Griģe

Marta Griģe has graduated from the painting department of Art Academy of Latvia (2021) and is currently continuing her studies in the Master’s programme.
Her current practice revolves around interest in contemplating different materials and materiality as such. Griģe brings her attention to noticing patterns in the nature. By analyzing scrupulously the details of her surroundings Marta tries to understand the structure and rules of reality and her place in it.


Hildur Elísa Jónsdóttir

Hildur Elísa Jónsdóttir is an artist and composer based in Reykjavík. She finished a soloist exam on classical clarinet from the Reykjavík Music College in 2015 and a Bachelor’s degree from the Fine Arts Department of The Iceland University of the Arts in 2019. After graduation she did an internship with Lina Lapelytė (Sun, Sea & Marina) in Vilnius, Lithuania. In her works she uses performance, installation and music to interrupt normative narrative and show her subjects in a new, and often comical, light.
Hildur Elísa’s works have been shown and performed widely, e.g. in Ásmundarsalur, Kjarvalsstaðir, Hof in Akureyri, and at Platform Nord (NO) and Ung Nordisk Musik in Tampere (FI). In 2020 she curated Primate Climate in Korpúlfsstaðir and has since been project manager of The Month of Visual Art 2020 and World Art Day 2021 (IS).


Erik Martinson

Erik Martinson (Canada/Latvia) is an independent curator and writer. Recent projects include: ‘The Years Without Light’ at Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), London; ‘Like
slow breathing, it seemed to emanate from inside the walls’ at LUX, London; ‘Closer to home than you could’ve ever imagined’ at Chalton Gallery, London; ‘Portal Atop a Bus Stop’ at
Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius; ‘’ (with Gailė Pranckūnaitė) at Cosmos Carl – Platform Parasite; ‘“I” Statements’ at LUX, London; ‘Resting
Transmissions / Eyes Above, Bodies Below / Nice night for a walk’ at Ryder Projects, London; ‘Tell me about the ones who sleep through storms: Films and Videos from the Baltics’ at
Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths Series; ‘Its origins are indeterminate’ at Whitechapel Gallery and Close-up Film Centre, London; ‘Resistance’ at Process Experimental
Film Festival, Riga; texts on Ben Burgis and Ksenia Pedan / Klara Lidén / Augustas Serapinas for Baltic Triennial 13: Give Up the Ghost Catalogue, CAC/CURA; ‘The Surface of the Sun’ at Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallinn; ‘The Hundred Programmes’ (on Steve Reinke) for 5th Anniversary Publication, Rupert, Vilnius; ‘Self Does Not Understand’ at
Cubitt, London; ‘Still There are Seeds to be Gathered, and Room in the Bag of Stars’ (co-curated with HÆRK) at Lofoten International Art Festival, Svolvær; ‘Not really now not any
more’ at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; ‘Almost No Memory’ at Baltic Analog Lab, Riga; ‘There was a Forest in the Ceiling’ at Rupert, Vilnius; ‘All Flesh is Grass’ at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga; and ‘Suggested for You’ (with Sandra Kosorotova) for History of Joy, Part 4.


Maike Statz

Maike Statz is an artist and interior architect educated in The Netherlands and Australia, now living in Bergen, Norway. Through her work she is engaged in the influence of architecture on individuals and society, focusing on the relationship between gender, sexuality and space. Working with writing and installation, Maike makes use of design tools and methodologies, questioning how history is embedded in our various architectures and what power dynamics are at play. Recently Maike introduced science fiction into her practice, suggesting feminist science fiction as a literary genre through which the cultural constructions of race, class, sex, sexuality, and gender can be decoded. What can we learn from spaces built through writing, in a context where reality is ruptured and re-imagined?


Alëna Vinokurova

Alëna Vinokurova is an artist born and raised in the Yakutia region of Russian Siberia. Alena’s work has predominately uses multiple screen video – installations, including 3D imagery, photography, as well as found images and archival footage. Her practice is focused on exploring synchronicity through the Internal landscape, intrinsically linking with the external ecosystems, re-activating memories stored in matter through rituals and dreams to draw parallels between personal, cultural, and ecological histories.
Her studies include a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht (2021) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography from the British Higher School of Art and Design, Moscow (2016).



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