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 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 (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; ‘pontypool-txt-advntr-sim.net’ (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 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 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).
The residency programme is supported by:
Discussion. Art and science
On August 6 at 4 pm, we look forward to welcoming you to the discussion Art and science: a match looking for heaven which will take place at the PAiR residency in Pāvilosta. “Interdisciplinary” has now been a buzzword for long enough in order to evaluate its merits. The intersection and cooperation between art and science has been […]
Voldemārs Johansons / PAiR gallery
The ecosystems of northern Norway, the Faroe Islands and the Svalbard Archipelago are experiencing rapid changes, and even the most conservative forecasts indicate that the North Pole’s ice sheet will melt completely in summers in the foreseeable future. In it, Johansons explores the ways to look at this part of the planet affected by climate […]
Skuja Braden / PAiR gallery
Skuja Braden is an artist duo created in 1999 by Inguna Skuja from Latvia and Melissa D. Braden from California. It is a rather unusual phenomenon for the Latvian art scene, thanks to both direct and critical messages and the baroque intensity, as well as the insatiably bright form of expression. At the Venice Biennale, […]
Voldemārs Johansons. Storm Sees No Colour
From 9 July to 14 August, the PAiR residence gallery in Pāvilosta will host a solo exhibition of the artist Voldemars Johansons “Storm Sees No Colour”. The starting point of the exhibition can be found in the artist’s expeditions to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In it, Johansons explores the ways to look […]
SkujaBraden. Feast your Eye
From 28 May to 27 June, the PAIR Residence Gallery in Pāvilosta will host the exhibition of the artist duo Skuja Braden “Acs ābola dzīru mielasts” (Feast your Eye). Skuja Braden is an artist duo created in 1999 by Inguna Skuja from Latvia and Melissa D. Braden from California. It is a rather unusual phenomenon […]
Sadura. Expanded painting
From April 1 until May 15, 2022 an exhibition “Sadura”, dedicated to expanded painting is on view at the PAiR residency gallery (E. Šneidera laukums 11, Pāvilosta). The show includes works by Jānis Dzirnieks, Andris Eglītis, Sarmīte Māliņa, Elza Sīle, Jānis Šneiders and Aija Zariņa from the collection of VV Foundation. Curator of the exhibition is […]
Support for artists and other creatives from Ukraine!
Considering current political situation and Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, VV Foundation has decided to support artists and other creatives from Ukraine, offering PAiR residency space. We strongly believe that this is the time to support Ukraine citizens in any possible way and exactly this is why we are inviting Ukrainian creatives to live and […]
Michael Kidner. Love is a Virus from Outer Space
An exhibition of the British artist Michael Kidner titled “Love is a Virus from Outer Space” will be open for viewing from 29 October 2021 until 16 January 2022 at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Daugavpils. Simultaneously rational and playful, Kidner’s art combines visually expressed answers to mathematics, science and chaos theory principles, as the artist […]
Lecture of Igors Gubenko at the Hermann Nitsch exhibition
Igors Gubenko substantiates the seemingly paradoxical thesis that the actions of the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries by Hermann Nitsch is a demonstration lesson in humanism. Gubenko addresses humanism critique in the existentialism reasoning of Martin Heidegger, conviction of Michel Foucault that man is “a recent invention nearing its end” and the post-humanism aspirations to […]
Lecture of Laine Kristberga at the Hermann Nitsch exhibition
The art scientist Laine Kristberga will read the lecture “Performance Art on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain: Socially Political Context and Challenges”, addressing the origin context of performance art both in the Western art discourse and in the local time space, namely in the soviet occupation regime. Comparing the parallels and differences, Kristberga will […]