On the 7th of August Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) opens the doors for the international contemporary art exhibition “STOP MAKING SENSE” in Science and art centre “Brewery”, Cēsis, Latvia. It will feature artworks created by 55 artists from 7 countries participating in the Jeune création européenne (JCE) biennale 2019 – 2021.
JCE Biennale 2019 – 2021 contemporary art exhibition will visit Cēsis for the 3rd time marking the city as an attractive and internationally recognized contemporary art destination. The exhibition will showcase the artworks created by 55 emerging artists from 7 European countries: France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Latvia and Rumania.
The message of this year’s biennale’s exhibition in Latvia - "STOP MAKING SENSE" is a response both to the omnipresent uncertainty in the world and the tendency of over-interpretation in contemporary art. Curators Tīna Pētersone and Alberto Di Gennaro describes the vision: ““Stop Making Sense” is a response to the ubiquitous uncertainty which in recent months has become an everyday norm. When plans for events are changed from “Going” to “Maybe” and finally gets cancelled. It becomes clear that planning makes no sense because taking such decisions goes well beyond individuals’ field of influence. Instead, “Stop Making Sense” is an urge to abandon the assumptions that we are accustomed to formulate, create and maintain with the help of our minds. To see clearly. Without pretending that it makes sense.”
Latvian delegation of the JCE Biennale 2019 - 2021 is represented by painter Sabīne Vernere, architect and artist Krišs Zilgalvis, photographer Elīna Semane, photographer Annemarija Gulbe, painter Luīze Rukšāne, multimedia artist Santa France, scenographer and artist Krišjānis Elviks, as well as curator Tīna Pētersone. At the opening of the exhibition in Montrouge, France, an international jury of art experts chose artists with the greatest perspective by handing them the Grand Prix awards, which include a paid 6-month residence in Paris, and a scholarship. Two of the three awards were received by the representatives of Latvian delegation's, Santa France and Annemarija Gulbe. The artist Sabīne Vernere received a special prize - paid artist residency in Paris.
Find more about Latvian delegation and other artists here.
Audrey Teichmann president of international JCE Biennale jury and director of art gallery “Galerie Laurence Bernard” in Switzerland emphasized: “The Latvian delegation has shown an exceptionally high performance this year, demonstrating a fresh view and relevance regarding narratives of artworks as well as selected media.”
JCE Biennale is a cooperation initiative between 7 European countries – France, Denmark, Latvia, Portugal, Spain, Romania, Italy. It is led by the municipality of Montrouge in France. It was created in year 2000 with a common goal to foster young emerging artists to gain international recognition, as well as strengthen contemporary art scene in the European Union and abroad. Biennale includes countries that are committed to stimulate contemporary art and culture development. Thanks to initiative of curator and scenographer Alberto Di Gennaro and head of Kaņepes Culture centre Dāvis Kaņepe JCE Biennale landed also in Latvia. Over a two-year period, the JCE Biennale exhibition travels through seven Europe’s art galleries and culture centres. Science and art centre “Brewery” is the 3rd stop on the way. Next stop will be Cluj-Napoca, Rumania.
Latvia’s partnership in JCE Biennale is led by the Institute for Environmental Solutions in cooperation with curator Alberto Di Gennaro. Exhibition in Latvia is financially supported by Cēsis municipality.
Exhibition will be open from the 7th of August till the 27th of September 2020 in Science and art centre “Brewery”, Lenču street 11, Cēsis.
Exhibition duration: Wednesday – Sunday from 12 AM till 8 PM.
Entrance fee: 3,50 EUR, for students, pupils and pensioners 2 EUR, for children younger than 7 entrance is free of charge.
More about JCE Biennale here.