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Katrīna Neiburga, Pickled Long Cucumbers, 2017, two-channel video, color, sound, 11 minutes 44 seconds. From the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Riga’s skin, like that of most cities, bears the marks of its past. The wood of its nineteenth-century houses has swelled and shrunk through seasons; the faces of gargoyles hanging from the pillars and cornices of its twentieth-century Art Nouveau buildings are chipped into bewilderment. Flowers and weeds burst through cracks in the polished concrete and asphalt of modern infrastructures.

The first edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art, “Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More,” evokes the waves of time that form history and proposes that our present is out of sync with this continuity. Homo technicus, if you will, has invented a new, technological temporality that has accelerated contemporaneity toward its own extinction. The biennial chose to unpack the historical rupture occasioned by emancipation from Soviet rule and incorporation into a capitalist system

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