Dismantling social norms
RIGA 1 December – 31 January Kim?
Kim? Contemporary Art Centre currently has a beguiling group exhibition of contemporary artists from around the globe titled Excess and Refusal: Towards Imaginative Opulence. The exhibition, curated by Keiu Krikmann, takes on a selection a value laden terms that have all tended to be understood and used with negative connotations. Terms like desire, excess, opulence, frivolity and others are situated, according to the exhibition booklet, as an ever-present element running through the history of art.
The exhibition sets out to explore these head on, asserting they need not be associated with the negative but rather they are a natural part of human existence. We tend to supress any personal connection with these terms or attributes as they are seen as somewhat socially unacceptable, not to mention lacking seriousness and intellectual value.
The exhibition includes the work of seven artists or artist groups from the Nordic and Baltic region as well as the UK and US with three of the seven from the curator’s homeland Estonia.
This is an exhibition that promises to reward the persistent viewer and challenge preconceived notions of correctness and what really drives much of our behaviour in the twenty-first century.
Artists: Be Oakley (US), Rebecca Jagoe (UK), Sandra Kosorotova (EE), Hanna Kisch (SE), Agu Pilt (EE), Pire Sova and Ando Naulainen (EE), and Women’s History Museum (US)
Curator: Keiu Krikmann
Photo: Ansis Starks
Excess and Refusal: Towards Imaginative Opulence is on until 31 January.
Sporta iela 2, Vidzemes priekšpilsēta, Rīga
Open: Tue – Sun 12.00 – 18.00
Entry is free
By Michael Haagensen
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