In February 2009 the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art together with the Comics Magazine kuš! organizes the first International Comics Artists exhibition in Latvia. 11 artists respectivly collectives from Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland as well as 4 artists from Latvia will introduce the Latvian public into comics art beyond the mainstream which has flourished in Europe during the last decades, but is still widely unknown in the Baltics.
The comics artist displayed in the exhibition are mostly uuntraditional artist which works could be defined as avantgrde comics or art comics or also alternative comics. And therefore the exhibition will not just be some stories stuck on the wall but there will really different ways of presentations. Adapting to the exhibition format, artists have thought of non-traditional representation of comics such as installations, wall paintings, video cabins, animated screenings and even a circus arena. The artist displayed are either already International stars but also some newere discoveries as well as young Latvian artists which work is often related to or inspired by comics. This works will animate the public to see comics from another side and hopefully to want them to see more respectively to ask the artists TELL ME MORE.
In the exhibition will also be a reading corner, where the visitors can read the newest books of the artists.
The exhibition will showcase artworks from Atak, Anke Feuchtenberger, Moki (Germany), Florent Rupert & Jerome Mulot (France), Nicolas Robel (Switzerland), Matti Halgelberg, Katja Tukiainen, Tommi Musturi (Finnland), Kolbeinn Karlssonn (Sweden), the Lamelos (Netherlands), Stripburger crew (Slovenia) and the Latvian artists Kaspars Groševs, Maija Kurševa, Anete Melece and Ingrīda Pičukāne.
The opening party of the exhibition takes place on the 6th of February in the former military harbor Andrejsala in Riga. Most of the artists will be present also on the second day, where there will be hold workshops and several presentations of the artists where people can find out more about their works.
The exhibition is open from February 6th until the 6th of March 2009 in the Korpus Cehs and the Project room Ēdnīca in Andrejsalā, Andrejostas ielā 4, Riga. During the time of the exhibition there will also be a couple of side events, such as the screening of the animation movie Afraid of the dark, a special Latvian animation movie night as well as a screening of animations from the artists which take part in the exhibit and a workshop of Matti Hagelberg.
The project is organied by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (www.lcca.lv) in cooperation with the Comics Magazine kuš! (www.komikss.lv). Project support: AB.LV Sabiedriskā labuma fonds, Latvian Culture Capital Foundation, Goethe Institue Riga, French Cultural Centre Riga, the Dutch Embassy, Nordic Culture Fund, Pro Helvetia.