Asnate Bockis

Latvian artist flirting with Dutch Design

Portable Landscapes

public spaceAsnate Bockis

(...) people's migrations caused by wars or political and economic change have taken place ceaselessly. Exile, diaspora and migration are characteristic elements of global culture and their manifestations have not only determined changes in the world's map but also contributed to the basis for the development of various trends in art and culture (...). In addition to historical stories, which are revealed with the help of archives, works of art and artifacts, the exhibition has welcomed contemporary Latvian artists who live and work abroad, as well as artists who have addressed the theme of migration or, with their interpretations, are adding to some of the narratives developed in it. - 

The exhibition consists of five complimentary stories or culture-geographical 'islands' - Gotland, Berlin, Paris, New York, Montreal. In the design of the exhibition every story inhabits a specific part of space, but these spaces are not secluded, they are open for interaction. The spatial layout and shapes of structures are referring to geographic coordinates and outlines of places. The exhibition routing offers to start the journey from Gotland, the closest point to Riga- place that brings all stories together, but as the last one visitors can learn the story of Montreal. 

Client: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

Curators: Solvita Krese, Andra Silapetere, Diana Popova, Inga Lace, Antra Priede-Krievkalne

Exhibition design: Asnate Bockis

Graphic design: Kārlis Krecers, Rudy Guedj

Place: Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia