Short about exposition idea
Images for press by Evelīna Deičmane
Images for press by Miks Mitrēvics
Map of exhibition place
Catalogue. Evelīna Deičmane. Season sorrow.
Catalogue. Miks Mitrēvics. Fragile Nature.
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Katalogs. Evelīna Deičmane. Pārejošās bēdas.
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La Biennale di Venezia. 53rd International Art Exhibition
Republic of Latvia
Fragile Nature
Season Sorrow by Evelīna Deičmane
Fragile Nature by Miks Mitrēvics

Concept of the exhibition
The exposition is featuring two separate mixed media installations by artists Evelīna Deičmane and Miks Mitrēvics. Semantically charged title of the exhibition marks the outline of the concept and a possible way to interpret it, at the same time providing space for an individual reading of each art work.
The understanding of nature here transcends the narrow realms of flora and fauna, being elevated to a new, ontological level where we can speak of the order of things, the frailty of peace and the short-lived states of human existence. Lability, vagueness of thinking, dependence on circumstances and disposition to fallacy are the characteristic features of human condition. These qualities are potentially present also when interpreting the exposition and it is up to the viewer to define the extent that they take place.
The curator Liga Marcinkeviča underlines the necessity to keep a corridor for thinking which would be not pledged to prewritten texts and prefixed ideas. Therefore the exposition invites to be actively open and to exploit personal experience.

Following the common ideological setup of the biennale, artists Evelīna Deičmane and Miks Mitrēvics are designing micro-worlds which bear several formal resemblances to our world. Miks utilizes well known, even archetypical characters such as the sea, sand, recreation and longing, while Evelina’s work is impressing not only due to its sophisticated gear-wheels’ mechanism, but also thanks to its acoustic qualities, allowing to recognize familiar sounds, like crunching snow. These elements are used, on the one hand, to enforce the deeply personal stories that artists are willing to tell, and, on the other hand, to encourage the viewer to understand, recall or image something.
It is hard to say what kind of effect these installations will eventually produce. The only thing we can know for sure is that the outcome will depend not only on the artists, but on the local context and the visitors of the exhibition – they are the main actors here, as the curator admits. Therefore it is worth considering that both installations are featuring skylines, urging to proceed not only physically, but also mentally through one’s preconceptions. "Don’t believe the first thing that comes into your mind," says the curator.

Description of the art works
Miks Mitrēvics’ installation Fragile Nature is composed of various scenes in miniature, exploring manifold manifestations and perceptions of the sun and human ambitions to create complicate structures in order to represent it. Artificial light, being a part of the installation, is operating as a source of energy to run various devices. The scenes staged by the artist appear fragile and sketchy, and thus they are in opposition to numerous miniature "worlds" which try to be true to scale and try to accurately copy reality. The installation is based upon experience, memories and yearning and it demonstrates the metaphysical uncertainly of human lives.
Evelīna Deičmane is researching the process of surviving the winter and the amount of human energy necessary to deal with the coldness. She is putting questions: How much energy does one need to survive a cold winter? What kinds of sound are heard? Is it heavy breathing? Is it caused by crunching snow or by whetting knives? How long can one roll a ball of snow until it grows so large that it is beyond one's capability to budge it any further? The installation Season Sorrow comprises several particles – idea, sound, personal stories and emotions. Some invisible motor that is aided by gear-wheels spins these notions, thus creating the specific visual meaning of her work and the melancholy typical of temporary conditions.

Information on artists
In recent years, Evelīna Deičmane and Miks Mitrēvics have frequently attracted attention at international events such as the Biennale of Sydney, the exhibition Buket at NCCA in Moscow and the Manifesta 7 in Rovereto. Both represent the best of the young artists, who have recently graduated from the much-praised Department of Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga. However neither are making media art in the narrow sense of specializing in so-called "new media". Rather, they both succeed in activating a versatile repertoire which transforms their ideas into convincing and suggestive images.
Evelīna Deičmane (1978) lives and works in Riga, Latvia and Berlin, Germany. Her major fields of work are sound, video, photography and multimedia installations. In 2005 she had a solo exhibition "Breathing Prohibited" in Riga. Since 2003 Evelīna is participating in various international group shows.
Miks Mitrēvics (1980) lives and works in Riga, Latvia. His major fields of work are photography, video, sound and multimedia installations. Since 2003 he has organized solo exhibitions and participated in various international group shows. Miks has received several art awards, including Swedbank Art Award, Estonia (2008), East2East Commission, England (2006) and UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary, Austria (2006).

For more details see artists’ biographies.

Information about exposition:
Address: Spazio Ferrari, Calle Castelli, Cannaregio 6096/A, Venice
Preview opening hours: 4-6 June, 10.00-20.00
Public opening hours: 7 June-22 November, 10.00-18.00

Līga Marcinkeviča, commissioner and curator:,
Miks Mitrēvics, artist:,
Evelīna Deičmane, artist:

Latvian participation in the 53rd International Art Exhibition
of the Venice Biennale is supported by:

State Culture Capital Foundation;
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia;
Visual Communication Department of the Art Academy of Latvia.

Miks Mitrēvics

Born 1980 in Riga, Latvia
Lives and works in Riga, Latvia
Fields of work: Photography, video, sound, multimedia installations

Web site:

1999 - 2005 Art Academy of Latvia, MA Visual Communication
1998 - 1999 Centre for Creative Learning, Dept. of Photo
1992 - 1999 J. Rozental’s Riga Art School

Solo exhibitions:
2007 Collection of Persons, Andrejsala, Riga, Latvia
2006 Observer, Space4 Gallery, Peterborough Museum, England
2006 Somewhere nearby, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvia
2003 Motel, Solo exhibition (with K. Kursisha), RIXC Media Space, Riga, Latvia

Group exhibitions (selected):
2009 Purvitis Art Award Exhibition, Latvian National Museum of Art, exhibition hall Arsenals, Riga, Latvia
2008 Swedbank Art Award, Kumu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia
Exposition d'art contemporain balte, Baltic Contemporary Art, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France.
Is the Medium the Message?, Latvian Contemporary Photography, Andrejsala, Korpusu cehs, Riga, Latvia
Manifesta 7. The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino – South Tyrol, Italy (exh. cat.)
L'art en Europe. European Contemporary Art, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France (exh. cat.)
Buket. Exhibition of Latvian Contemporary Art, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia (exh. cat.)
Time Will Show - Junge Kunst aus Lettland, Museumsberg Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany (exh. cat.)
2007 Moment, fashion, art&music event, Riga, Latvia
Contemporary Art from Latvia, European Central Bank, Frankfurth, Germany (exh. cat.)
Baltikum part I, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden
2006 The Art Disk Magazine, DVD video compilation, US
PI 5, Video festival in Szczecin, Poland
Forgotten Moments, Project presentation, Kunstlerhaus Buchsenhausen, Innsbruck, Austria
2005 Factory of Phantasmagoria, Lodz, Poland
Kristaps luko, The alternative film festival, Riga, Latvia, The visual interpretation of Rainis's collection of poems
JUKAS, National Art Museum exhibition hall Arsenals, Riga, Latvia (exh. cat.)
2004 riga line up, Gonemo gallery, Eckernford, Germany
2 show, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnus, Lithuania (exh. cat.)
2003 Illuminations, Noass gallery, Riga, Latvia.
La Riga, Latvian Multimedia Art Exhibition, Milan, Italy
Autumn, National Art Museum exhibition hall Arsenals, Riga, Latvia

2008 Swedbank Art Award Kumu Art Museum, Tallin, Estonia
2006 Diena Culture Award, Riga, Latvia
East2East Commission, Peterborough Digital Arts, England
2006 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary, Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Austria
YEAR AWARD 2003, Visual arts (Best multimedia project), Latvia

Bibliography (selected):
2008 More delicately, more poetically, more personally, Newspaper "Diena", December 17th, p. 20.
Casually touching, "Manifesta 7" review, "Die Zeit", July 24th.
European Contemporary Art Biennale "Manifesta 7", Visual Arts Magazine "Studija", August/September, p. 32-39.
Hundred times upwards downwards, Newspaper "Kultūras Forums", July 25th, p. 1-2.
Latvian signs at the exhibition "Manifesta", Newspaper "Diena", January 27th, p. 13.
Time Will Show, Visual Arts Magazine "Studija", April/May, p. 26-31.
Latvian Stories, Newspaper "Kieler Nachrichten", February 22nd, p. 21.
2007 ... this needs to be always proven, "Kultūras Diena", Newspaper "Diena", February 9th, p. 6.
Diena's Annual Culture Award 2006, Newspaper "Diena", January 27th, p. 13.
2006 The future is bright for innovative artist, "The Evening Telegraph", Peterborough, June 13th.
Weltschloss Buchsenhausen, „Die Neue", Tirol, April 25th.
Somewhere in the forest and the city, "Izklaide", Newspaper "Diena", January 20th, p. 24.
Trivially about yearning, "Kultūras Diena", Newspaper "Diena", January 21th, p. 6-7.
To make a person 10 cm shorter, Newspaper "Neatkarīgā", January 19th, p. 11.
2005 Return of the esthetical power, Newspaper "Diena", April 8th, p. 15.
2004 My sacred and intimate interests, Visual Arts Magazine "Studija", June/July, p. 15-25.
2003 Six, honest and open, Newspaper "Forums", October 3rd-10th, p. 2-3.
2003 The Motel and the Wolves, Post-Medium Interpretation, Newspaper "Forums", June 20-27th, p. 5.

Evelīna Deičmane

Born 1978 in Riga, Latvia
Lives and works at Riga, Latvia and Berlin, Germany
Fields of work: Sound, video, photography and multimedia installations


2007 Art Academy of Latvia, Visual Communication
2005 Berlin Art University UDK, Department of Experimental Media
2003 Berlin Art University UDK, Department of Visual Communication
1999 Riga College of Applied Art, Department of Environmental objects design

Solo Exhibiton:
2005 Breathing Prohibited, Gallery Noass, Riga

2008 Manifesta 7, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy
HBC, Gallery HBC, Berlin, Germany
M-ZZZ, Gallery Langhans, Prague, Czech Republic
Jeune Creation 2008, Paris, France
Ein Leben Lang, Gallery NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Buket. Exhibition of Latvian Contemporary Art, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Time Will Show, Museumsberg Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany
2007 Triennial of Young Artists, Tallin, Estonia
Skan, International exhibition of sound installations, Riga
Mobile Museum, Andrejsala, Riga
The Baltics Part I: Contemporary Art of Latvia, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden
BooM, Andrejsala, Riga
Riga Review, Gallery NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Katoptron (Direction of the Mirror glance), 2nd Moscow biennial for Contemporary art, Moscow, Russia
2006 Skaņu mežs, International adventurous music festival Andrejsala, Riga, Latvia
15th Sidney Biennale, Sidney, Australia
Melting, Gallery NewYorkRioTokio, Berlin, Germany
Feuerzeug, Galerija Schweiss Laden, Berlin, Germany
Rundgang, UDK Exhibition space, Berlin, Germany
2005 (Un)Dressed Body, Giedre Bartelt Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Jukas, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
2004 Nature. Environment. Man. 2004, Exhibition Hall Arsenals of the State Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
2003 2 Show, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania