Anastasia Sosunova is a visual artist based in Vilnius. Her multidisciplinary practice is comprised of video, installation, sculpture, graphic art and writing. Sosunova manipulates personal stories, images that define locations and subtle material gestures people leave behind in the environments they inhabit. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Kogo, Tartu; online pavilion of the Wrong BiennaIe; I: project space, Beijing; Contemporary Art Center, Rupert and Editorial, Vilnius; The Sunroom, Richmond and other. Recent residencies: Rupert in Vilnius, Achterhaus Ateliers in Hamburg, Fynske Akademie in Odense.
Anne-Sophie Turion is an artist based in Marseille, France. Whether on stage or in the public space, Anne-Sophie Turion invents artwork as if she was creating rifts. Through performance, installation, and interventions in urban spaces, her work tackles and re-qualifies the notion of reality with a willingness to shift it towards the realm of fiction. Her work has been shown in exhibitions as well as in theatres: at the Magasin CNAC Grenoble, Festival Actoral (Marseille), Centre d’Art de la Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), Centrale Fies Italy (where she was granted the Performance Art Award in 2013), Théâtre de la Cité Internationale within the context of New Settings program – Fondation Hermès (Paris), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Fondation Ricard (Paris), 3bisf (Aix-en-Provence), Kunsthal Aarhus (Danemark), among others.
Antoine Nessi is a French sculptor. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Paris. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions, including the Pipe Factory in Glasgow, 360 m3 in Lyon and Interface gallery in Dijon. He has participated in various group exhibitions including “Par les temps qui courent” at the Grand Café art centre in Saint-Nazaire, France, “Being thing” at the Centre d’art et du paysage in Vassivière, France and “The Promise of Moving Things” curated by Chris Sharp at the Centre d’art contemporain Crédac in Ivry-sur-Seine, France. He has done several residencies, including Glasgow Sculpture Studios in Scotland and at the Darling Foundry in Montreal, Canada.
Daria Melnikova lives and works in Riga. She has held solo shows at Gallery Vartai in Vilnius (2020), Karlin Studios in Prague (2019), PLATO in Ostrava (2019), Kulturfolger in Zurich (2018), Kim? in Riga (2017, 2014, 2011), ISSMAG gallery in Moscow (2017) and Vita Kuben in Umeo (2014), and has participated in group shows at KHB in Bratislava (2019), Kiasma in Helsinki (2018), Rupert in Vilnius (2018), Silberkuppe in Berlin (2017), Art in General in New York (2015), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2014) and others. Melnikova is the first laureate of the Kim? Residency Award (2015), her works are included in the collection of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland and private collections.
Dovydas Strimaitis is a Lithuanian contemporary dancer, living and working in Marseille. Dovydas started dancing in Lithuania at the age of 12. After graduating high school, he enrolled in a dance bachelor degree program at Codarts university in the Netherlands. There, he worked with famous and upcoming choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Cayetano Soto, Joost Vrouenraets, Jarek Cemerek, and Alleyne Dance. During the internship year, Dovydas danced in Jitti Chompee’s “18 monkeys dance theater” in Thailand, participated in the creation process in Gothenburg Opera’s Dance Company with choreographer Marina Mascarell, and performed in the restaging of Jan Martens’s “Pretty Perfect”. Since 2019, Dovydas has been dancing in Le Ballet National de Marseille, under the direction of La Horde, where he works with La Horde choreographers Alessandro Sciarroni, Lucinda Childs, Lasseindra Ninja and Tânia Carvalho.
Eglė Budvytytė creates performance situations to explore the relationships between body, architecture, environment and audience. By choreographing performers to enact gestures that can often seem contradictory to their surroundings, uncannily out of context and sometimes filled with a sense of emergency, she looks at the body’s ability to challenge conventions of conduct and the narratives of normativity implicit in public spaces.
Dr Eglė Rindzevičiūtė is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Sociology at Kingston University London, the UK. She is the author of The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World (2016) and the editor of The Struggle for the Long-Term in Transnational Science and Politics: Forging the Future (2015), with Prof. Jenny Andersson. Dr Rindzevičiūtė has published articles in such journals as Modern Intellectual History, Slavic Review, The International Journal of Cultural Policy, Current Anthropology and History of Political Economy. She is an Associate Editor of Culture Unbound and a member of the editorial board The International Journal of Cultural Policy, the P.I. and director of the AHRC research networking project Nuclear Cultural Heritage: From Knowledge to Practice (2018-2020), the CoI of the research project Atomic Heritage Goes Critical (2018-2020). She is working on a book Will to Predict: Orchestrating the Future.
Emilija Škarnulytė is an artist and filmmaker from Vilnius, currently living in LA. Working between documentary and the imaginary, Škarnulytė makes films and immersive installations exploring deep time and invisible structures, from the cosmic and geologic to the ecological and political. Winner of the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, Škarnulytė represented Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano and was included in the Baltic Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Her films have been screened at the Serpentine Gallery, UK, the Centre Pompidou, France and in numerous film festivals including in Rotterdam, Busan, and Oberhausen. She is a founder and currently co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective for analogue film practice located in Tromsø, Norway and is a member of artist duo New Mineral Collective, recently commissioned for new work by the First Toronto Biennial.
Evita Vasiljeva is a Latvian artist currently based in Paris who works primarily in sculpture and installation. The objects she creates use basic materials used in construction, old electronics, and other relics of the urban landscape. Their significance is cryptic and open to interpretation, while formally they set up a stage in space to interact between each other and with their surroundings. Recent exhibitions have taken place in: LOWER. GREEN, Norwich, Tallinn City Gallery; Nest, Den Hague; Fondation Ricard, Paris; Lustwarande, Tilburg; Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga; ODD, Bucharest; P/////AKT, Amsterdam; and Art in General, New York.
Flo Kasearu lives and works in Tallinn in the Flo Kasearu House Museum which she established in 2013. Her activity-based practice takes on the form of videos, photography, painting and installations. Her works are seasonal and explorative, dissecting problems at a grassroots level and dealing with topics such as freedom, patriotism and nationalism, domestic violence, and the tension between public and private spaces. Often working in a fast and reactionary way, Flo Kasearu reacts to different social processes with a refined sense of humour, as well as often elevating seemingly mundane biographical events into works of art.
Ieva Epnere lives and works between Riga and Berlin where she is a current fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. She creates photographs, video works and films, where personal, private stories are the starting point for artistic reflections on identity, traditions and rituals. Selected solo-exhibitions: “On Water, Wind and Faces of Stone,” Fogo Island Gallery, Fogo Island (2018), “Hybrid Identities,” HIT Galery, Bratislava (2018), “Sea of Living Memories,” Art in General, New York (2016); “Pyramiden and other stories,” Zacheta Project Room, Warsaw (2015); “A No-Man’s Land, An Everyman’s Land,” kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga; “Waiting Room” (2015), Contretype, Brussels; “Mindscapes” (2013), kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga.
Ingel Vaikla is an Estonian visual artist and filmmaker based in Brussels. In 2018– 2019, Vaikla attended the postgraduate residency programme HISK in Ghent and recently started practice-based PhD studies in Audiovisual and Visual Arts at PXL-MAD, Hasselt. Vaikla’s artistic research focuses on the relationship between architecture and its users, and the representation of architecture in photography, video and film. Her works have been screened internationally at film festivals and art institutions such as IDFA in Amsterdam, CIAP Kunstverein in Hasselt, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Tramway in Glasgow etc. Vaikla has curated experimental film programmes for Tallinn Photomonth Contemporary Art Biennial, Narva Art Residency and KAI Art Centre.
Katrīna Neiburga’s art is a subject of desire for emotion, authenticity, and memory preservation. One of Neiburga’s main modes of expression is her deeply personal iconography, which shines through in her video installations, performances and scenography. She is interested in sociology and studies preconceived notions of the state of things. Since 2000, she has participated in multiple exhibitions all over the world including Sydney in 2006, Moscow in 2007, Venice in 2015, Kochi-Muziris in 2016 and in the 2018 Riga Biennial. In 2008, she was a finalist for the Ars Fennica award, and received the first Purvītis Award.
Kristina Norman is a Tallinn-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice includes video installations, sculptural objects, urban interventions, as well as documentary films and performances. Norman’s work is devoted to the exploration of the political potential that contemporary art offers in dealing with the issues of human rights and the politics of memory. As part of her academic research on memory and human rights in contemporary art, Norman produced a triad of projects involving site-specific video installations and public interventions, focussing mainly on the use of narrative memories of the protagonists.
Lina Lapelytė is a composer, sound artist, music performer and performance artist. Initially trained as a classical violinist, Lina Lapelytė has developed an ongoing interest in and research on experimental music, amateur performance, and historical genres. In her recent work, Lapelytė traverses between disciplines and explores various forms of performativity. Her works engage trained and untrained performers often in an act of ‘singing’ through a wide range of genres, such as mainstream music and opera, while examining issues of displacement, otherness, ageing and gender. The singing takes on the form of a collective and affective event that questions vulnerability and silencing. In 2013, her creative collaboration with Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė and Vaiva Grainytė led to the creation of the contemporary opera “Have a Good Day!” which is a story of ten cashiers and their invisible lives. The climate change opera-performance “Sun & Sea” (2017) was the second project the trio co-created, which received the Golden Lion Award of the 2019 Venice Art Biennial.
Maarja Tõnisson is an artist and choreographer based in Tallinn. She has her degree in dance arts from the TU Viljandi Culture Academy and has studied at the Berlin University of the Arts. She has created following solo works: “bodySHIFTbody” (produced by STL, nominated for the Estonian dance award 2015); “bodyBUILDINGbody” (commissioned by Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2015); “bodyIMAGEbody” (at group exhibition “(In)visible dreams and streams” curated by Maija Rudovska, CAC 2016)) and “bodyWORKbody” (at group exhibition “Museum Choreography” curated by Hanna Liis Kont, Tartu Art Museum 2017). She is also part of a performance collective Olmeulmad and has participated in exhibition and performing arts projects. She is currently a master student of Contemporary Arts at Estonian Academy of Arts. In her work she mainly explores physicality and materiality through choreography. She is fascinated by the body as a collage of experiences, perceptions, biological and cultural matters emphasizing the Nature as an integral part of human conditions. In addition to choreography she has interest in visual arts and has created images and videos as part of her works.
Natasha Marie Llorens
Natasha Marie Llorens is a Franco-American independent curator and writer. Recent curatorial projects include Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey of Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora at the Wallach Art Gallery and The Wall at the End of the Rainbow at the Jan van Eyck Academie. Llorens also edited the first English-language anthology of writing on Algerian and Franco-Algerian aesthetics and art history, co-published by The Wallach Art Gallery and Sternberg Press. She is currently at work on a group exhibition at Framer Framed in Amsterdam the relationship between representation and the genocide in Srebrenica in the mid-1990s, and the second iteration of Waiting For Omar Gatlato in Marseille at La Friche de la Belle de Mai at the invitation of Triangle France / Astérides in collaboration with the Centre nationales des arts plastiques (Cnap). She is a curator in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie and a core tutor in History & Theory at Piet Zwart in Rotterdam.
Sara Bédard-Goulet is ASTRA Professor of Romance Studies at the College of Foreign Languages and Cultures of the University of Tartu, Estonia. Her main research interests in the field of contemporary French-language literature include reader-response theories, literature and psychoanalysis, ecocriticism and geopoetics. She is currently co-editing a collection of articles about representations of northern forests and working on a monograph on contemporary dwelling in the novels of French author Jean Echenoz. She has led a SSHRC-funded research-creation project on bodies and space and is currently leading a research-creation project on response events to cultural productions funded by the Faculty of Humanities and Arts of the University of Tartu, as well as a Nordplus-funded higher education project to enhance Canadian Studies in the Baltic and Nordic countries.
Valentinas Klimašauskas is a curator and writer living and working in Vilnius.
Viktor Gurov lives and works in Tallinn. He graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts as a graphic designer in 2014 and has a master’s degree in photography at the EAA Faculty of Fine Arts (2018). He is occasionally a guest lecturer at the EAA. Viktor Gurov worked for 10 years as a freelance graphic designer in cultural field and designed several exhibitions, biennales and projects. From 2018 he is a graphic designer in exhibition department at the National Library of Estonia.He is also a member of artist group Neanderthal Caveschool, member of the board of NGO New Material (art-project/magazine) and founder of a graffiti group Multistab. His art is strongly influenced by his graphic design practice. His research objects are public spaces and their relations to individual everyday practices. Viktor Gurov’s works are mainly connected with both typography and text.