Symposium "Revisiting Footnotes"

In the framework of the exhibition "Revisiting Footnotes" the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art invites you to the symposium “Revisiting Footnotes”, where young researchers and artists from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Georgia, Ukraine, Poland and Croatia will present typical or outstanding signs of the recent past that survived into the present, also discussing various approaches of how to study, interpret and translate this experience. The symposium will take place on May 23rd and 24th.

Revisiting Footnotes. Symposium programme

Place: Soros Foundation conference hall, Alberta Street 13, 6th floor


May 23

10.00-10.15 – Introduction. Ieva Astahovska & Inga Lāce

10.15-10.45 – Ieva Astahovska (LV). Post-Soviet Condition in Contemporary Art in Latvia

10.45-11.15 – Dovilė Tumpytė (LT). Artistic Imagination & the Glimpses of the Socialist Past

11.15-11.45 – Rael Artel (EE). Your Periphery Is My Centre 

11.45-13.00 – Lunch break


13.00-13.30 – Vytautas Michelkevicius (LT). Nida Art Colony as a Place of Exoticism: Between Nature Sites and Post-Soviet Reality

13.30-14.00 – Arnis Balčus (LV). To Photograph the Forgotten and Invisible

14.30-15.00 – Sophia Tabatadze (GE). Pirimze

15.00-15.15 – Coffee break


15.15-16.15 – Magdalena Radomska (PL). How to Follow Marx Classy – Post-Communist Art in Post-Communist Europe


18.30 – Opening of the exhibition Revisiting Footnotes I. Participating artists: Lada Nakonechna (UA), Tigran Khachatryan (AR), Arnis Balčus (LV), Marijan Crtalic (HR), Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), Slavs&Tatars (Eurasia). More information:


May 24

10.00-10.30 – Davor Miškovic (HR). Socialism's Legacy: Utopia

10.30-11.00 – Tanel Rander (EE). East Europe In Neoliberal Reality And The Decolonial Option

11.00-11.30 – Mārtiņš Kaprāns (LV). Communism Remembered: Unveiling the Latvian Biographical Discourse about the Soviet Era

11.30-11.45 – Coffee break


11.45-12.30 – Lada Nakonechna (UA)

12.30-13.00 – Alesya Bolot (UA). Case Study of IZOLYATSIA, Cultural Centre in the Post-Industrial City Donetsk, Ukraine

13.00-14.00 – Lunch break


14.00-14.30 – Lina Michelkevice (LT). People Into (Art)work: Shaping the Spectatorship in Lithuanian Contemporary Art

14.30-15.00 – Tamta-Tamara Shavgulidze (GE). „Gaudy butterfly neither fly away nor stay” or The last ten years of Georgian monumental sculpture

15.00-15.30 – Viktorija Eksta (LV). Project Time Machine: Industrial Route with Poetic Stops

15.30-17.00 – Discussion. Ifs and Whats of the Common Experience in Post-socialist Territory:  Between Deconstructing "Grand Narratives" and Revisiting Footnotes





Parallel activities:


May 24

Vefietis 2. Skolas Street 38. Creative Workshop of Soviet Table Culture lead by curator Maya Mikelsone and artist Kate Krolle.


May 25

11.00 – 20.00 Expedition: Vecmīlgrāvis. Series of micro-events in the district of Vecmīlgrāvis. More information (in Latvian):



To participate in the symposium, please contact Inga Lāce: E.



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