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 at this part of the planet affected by climate change from a point of view in which the experience of observing the physical environment and landscapes has already been partially transferred to the realm of virtual reality technologies.

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 change from a point of view in which the experience of observing the physical environment and landscapes has already been partially transferred to the realm of virtual reality technologies. 

The first part of the exhibition took place in the ISSP Gallery in Riga, in 2021. For the exhibition in the PAiR gallery, new works have been created through which the audience is invited to sense the relationship between humanity and untouched nature, feeling the arctic breath, sound and majesty. Thematically, the “Storm Sees No Colour” exhibition continues Johansons’ studies of the interaction between the physical world and human experience, which he started in his earlier works. 

Voldemars Johansons (1980) is a composer and artist who in his creative practice combines interest in visuality, sound and science. His installations and compositions are based on data created by the analysis of environmental phenomena with a scientific approach. Johansons studied electronic music composition at the Sonology Institute of the Hague Royal Conservatory. His works have been exhibited in many places around the world, including the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the ArtGENDA art project (Hamburg), the Ruhrtriennale (Bochum), the BOZAR art centre (Brussels), TodaysArt (Hague), Skaņu Mežs (Riga), Unsound (Krakow), the STEIM studio (Amsterdam) festivals, Wroclaw Media Art Biennale, Ars Electronica Center (Linz) and elsewhere.

Text: Eva Johansone

On 9 July, a tour with the artist Voldemars Johansons will take place at the exhibition.

The exhibition is organised by: VV Foundation

Cooperation partner of the exhibition: ISSP Gallery

The exhibition is supported by: VKKF and Kurzeme Cultural Programme 2022

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