The first exhibition at LCCA Office Gallery in Riga
The Office Gallery of Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, operating as a public platform for all sorts of activities within contemporary art and education, is going to encourage viewing art in the context of its time and perceive it as a way of thinking. The first exhibition at the gallery will introduce the „collection" of LCCA.
This year the LCCA Office Gallery will be housing a series of exhibitions that identify art as commentary and trace the interaction of a work of art and its context. The series of exhibitions will encompass the reflection of art on the current events of the time as well as make references to the recent history of art that continues to influence the processes of contemporary art. These exhibitions will explore the borders of manifestation of contemporary art as well as turn the viewers' attention to the new tendencies in art.

LCCA has been organizing art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, artist portfolio displays and interdisciplinary projects for over fifteen years now.

Over time the LCCA inventory has come into possession of pieces of art that create a concentrated insight into the recent history of Latvian contemporary art - they can be considered to be the punctuation in outlining the processes of art during the last decade.

By looking back at LCCA exhibitions (including those of Soros Centre for Contemporary Arts-Riga, the legacy of which is continued by LCCA) between 1997 and 2009 and selecting works by individual artists, the „collection” exhibition will provide insight into several projects, like „Opera” (1997), „Ventspils. Transit. Terminal” (1998), „Contemporary Utopia” (2001), „What Is Important?” (2004), „Trespassers” (2005), „Mobile Museum” (2007), „Survival Kit” (2009).

The exhibition will enable the public to see the work of brilliant Latvian and foreign artists anew as well as reveal the creative biography of LCCA.

The content of this exhibition can be viewed along the lines of several topics - „city”, „identity” and „utopia” - that indicate not only the tendencies of LCCA exhibitions but also the current topics in contemporary art.

Reflection on the city, the living environment and its social manifestation is seen in the documentation of „Bedre”, a happening by Hardijs Lediņš and Imants Žodžiks, in Ēriks Božis' object „Kzzz” that simulates advertising language in urban environment and Maija Kurševa's silk-screened graffiti poster. The issues of identity are addressed in Miervaldis Polis' manifestations of „Egocentre” and the „restored nobility”, Gints Gabrāns' and Monika Pormale's „Riga dating bureau”, which functioned as an actual dating agency within art, and in Katrīna Neiburga's video piece „Traffic”, which portrays the everyday of female taxi drivers. The topic of utopia is exposed in the „Empire Fatal Bomb” project by Ivars Mailītis, Aigars Sparāns and Juris Poga as well as photography by Theo Altenberg, documenting the scandalous life of Friedrichshof commune, founded by Otto Muehl of Vienna actionists.

The LCCA „collection" exhibition will include works by Ojārs Pētersons, Kristaps Ģelzis, Andrejs Kalnačs, Ieva Iltnere, Gints Gabrāns, Monika Pormale, Ēriks Božis, Ilva Kļaviņa, Katrīna Neiburga, Miervaldis Polis, Kaspars Podnieks, Ieva Epnere, Hardijs Lediņš, Imants Žodžiks, Krišs Salmanis, Galka Kulio, Evelīna Deičmane, Theo Mercier, Maija Kurševa and Ingeborga Lokermane.

The gallery is located at 13Alberta Street, on the 7th floor.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday, 12 to 19.
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