Symposium 'Lost (and found) in the Archive''

In connection with the contemporary art exhibition “Lost in the Archive” an international symposium “Lost (and Found) in the Archive” will take place on 23rd of March, 11 pm-7 pm in the Riga Art Space. Seven lecturers will focus on the variety of mistakes, gaps and narratives that we can discover with the help of contemporary art archives.
The symposium is curated by Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere (LCCA)

The director of the Living Art Museum in Reykjavik Thorgerdur Olafsdotir and the collection manager Becky Forsythe will discuss the strategies they had creating the archive of their museum. Video artist from Moscow Margarita Novikova will tell us about her video archive project “Putschyourself”. Artist Lia Perjovcshi, who has created the Contemporary Art Archive/Centre for Art Analysis in Romania, will speak about her experience in creating archives as well as about the usability of an archive. Polish researcher Jagna Lewandowska will tell about the Arton Foundation that focuses on Polish avant-garde art studies and creates its archive. Theoretician and writer Vesna Madzoski will speak about the archive of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, and the conclusions drawn during the research of the archive. Iranian artist Ehsan Fardjadniya and Canadian art critic Dorian Batycka will concentrate on archives and their relationship with power – in context with The Refugee Archives initiative in South Africa.


11:00 - 11:30 Introduction
11:30 - 12:00 Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir, Becky Forsythe 'Archiving the Parallel'
12:00 - 12:30 Jagna Lewandowska 'Arton Review Europe - the Archives of Polish Avant-Garde Now'
12:30 - 13:00 Lia Perjovschi 'Looking for Sense, Hidden and Lost Ideas…' 

13:30 - 15:30 Lunch break

15:45 - 16:30 Ehsan Fardjadniya, Dorian Batycka 'Whose Archive?' 
16:30 - 17:00 Margarita Novikova, Elena Michajlowska 'Locating Art in Oral History' 
17:00 - 17:30 Kaspars Vanags 'Microhistory as Accidental Allure and Antimethod to Canon. Thinking About Collection of The Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art'
17:30 - 18:00 Vesna Madzoski 'Lost and Found: Crimes in the Manifesta Archive'
18:00 - 19:00 Panel discussion (Lia Perjovschi, Vesna Madzoski, Ehsan Fardjadniya). Moderator - Igors Gubenko

Working language: English. 

Please for registering write 
Entrance fee without pre-registering 2,50 EUR


The symposium has been supported by the EEZ financial instrument, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Creative Europe programme of the European Union, State Culture Capital Foundation, Riga City Council, ABLV Charitable Foundation.


Exhibition is a part of project "Various Forms of Archives. Archive of Contemporary Art. Research, Exhibition and Symposium", a collaboration project between the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and the  Living Art Museum (NYLO) in Reykjavik, Iceland and it is also a part of a project of a collaborative project "This is Tomorrow. Back to Basics: Forms and Actions in the Future" that is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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