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  • Krišs Salmanis, Wake Me Up When It’s Over, 2022, mixed media, dimensions variable. From Survival Kit 13. Photo: Ēriks Božis.

    Krišs Salmanis, Wake Me Up When It’s Over, 2022, mixed media, dimensions variable. From Survival Kit 13. Photo: Ēriks Božis.

    Survival Kit 13

    Riga Stock Exchange Bank Building

    “The Little Bird Must be Caught,” this year’s Survival Kit 13 festival, put a spotlight on the urgent question of how neoliberal politics birth new authoritarian forms. Survival Kit is an ambitious, international-facing annual exhibition staged by the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. This year, the invited curator, iLiana Fokianaki, framed the show with the term “authoritarian statism,” borrowed from Greek-French political theorist Nicos Poulantzas. Planned in the shadow of Russia’s war in Ukraine, the exhibition faced the challenge of talking about the relationship between art and politics—a

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