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"Art e fakti"

This summer, Riga Last Thursdays in collaboration with M/Gallery will open the open-air art exhibition "Art e fakti" in the Briania yard. The exhibition features new and established artists with artworks of different forms and techniques.


From 27 June to 23 August, the outdoor exhibition "Art e fakti" by young artists will be on show in the Briania yard, located between the concert venues and the galleries M/Darbnīca, K. K. von Stricka Villa, One One and Skapis. This year's exhibition features 15 artists: Clara Thurid Wahrenberg, Dārta Berkmane, Elīne Buka, Elizabete Ruša, Ērika Daņiloviča, Evita Valdmane, Karīna Šumkova, Kristīne Petrovska, Marta Cīrule, Māris Mortukāns, Nastassia Navitskaya x Maria Skvortsova, Nellija Daņiloviča, Ojūna Batbajara, Pārsla Cinovska. 


In last year's open-air exhibition "Art e Fakti", artists delved into the diverse layers of human experience, revealing the material and immaterial sediments that make up our collective history and personal stories. This year, we continue the theme from a different perspective.


The term 'artefact' refers not only to works of art or human creations, but also to anomalies, defects and errors in various forms of visual representation, such as analogue or digital photography. By foregrounding this technical meaning of 'artefact', we encourage not only participants but also viewers to reflect on our attitudes towards mistakes and defects as expressions of human experience, as well as how mistakes influence and determine creativity.


Mistakes can be not only unexpected deviations from what was intended, what was planned, but also lucky coincidences that announce themselves, thus allowing something new, unplanned, spontaneous to emerge. They sometimes allow us to encounter the unconventional, the unusual and the transgressive by chance, and to see the familiar in a new way. The exhibition “Art e Fakti” seeks to answer questions about the place of anomalies or defects in art and everyday life.



Curator: Elizabete Andersone

Co-curator: Anete Kalēja

Graphic design for the opening of the exhibition by Dena Doloresa Sircova


Opening: 27 June 2024 at 18:00

DJ set - KAT KAT TAT (Berlin) plkst. 19:00
Special drink, special price - Limoncello Spritz

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“Flying ghost horse”

Nellija Daņiloviča

A black flying ghost horse as the personification of another world, the world of dreams. Dreams are a spontaneous phenomenon during sleep. The images we imagine come from our brain. Dreams often seem realistic to us, although for the most part they are fantasy. The space of dreams is a world of illusions and distortions. In a dream, everything absolutely lives its own life, everything is possible and everything is real. A dream is not a real world, but a separately existing world. The black horse is like a guide to a mysterious and dark world.

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“Spožā piciņa”

Evita Valdmane

Following worldly trends can lead to losing oneself, confusing one's mind and simply getting distracted in the eternal maelstrom of change and innovation. The pursuit of unreal perfection leads many to despair. Imperfections should be celebrated because they make us who we are.



“Neizdibināmais pielietojums"

Elizabete Rusa

“Neizdibināmais pielietojums” is not just about a cat fulfilling its natural needs in an aquarium, but about people and nature, the habits and natural processes to which homo sapiens submit and reconcile. Nature, in the end, wins.



“Cilvēka demontāža”

Marta Cīrule


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“Magic 9 polaroid"

Ērika Daņiloviča

*Polaroid photograph soaked in sea water for one day and then deformed independently using a brush. Photography personifies a new timeline, a new inexplicable space where the past, present and future are at one point. The photo shows a forest edge, trees and three roads. The deformed parts overlap each other, drawing new motifs, creating voids and mixing with reality. It becomes unclear whether it was reality or just an illusion. Soft focus, subtle colors - is this reality or the effect of deformation? Does this place even exist? Can you trust a warped Polaroid photo? This photograph is a time loop where everything exists in one moment. No fear, no rush, no disappointment, no shame, no complaints, no life on hold syndrome. Time is an art. Magic 9."



“Who do you submit to?”

Pārsla Cinovska

The flag is a symbol of freedom, we are given free will to obey and not to obey. Looking at society it is often observed how easily people submit to various influences that come and go like the wind, they can be - people, government, opinions, etc. Therefore, the question arises - do you want to be like these flags that submit to every wind flow?



“Affirmation is Short, but Iron”

Elīne Buka

"The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken " – Bertrand Russell. Can we program our personal future through the power of thought? Is it possible to change it, if you made a mistake in the programming predictions? Even certified doctors tend to recommend affirmation-positivism instead of medicine to change the present by verbally practicing a few phrases. It is recommended to repeat the affirmations 33 times, 3 days in a row - this is the magic number that will transfer the manifestation into tangible reality.




Nastassia Navitskaya x Maria Skvortsova

"I reuse broken film shots as a surface of the cube. those cubes are made of plastic. cubes are stacked into a pyramid. from a broken film camera (and some additional materials) there can be created the whole object. the idea is to reuse broken film, adding few art pieces."

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“Atlētiskā progresija 1”

Ojūna Batbajara

Ceramics is one of humanity's oldest artistic creations, preserved through the ages, allowing us to reconstruct events from ancient times. This material is paradoxical: while the artist can mold it plastically, the firing process always carries a risk of unpredictability. These anomalies and defects form the unique character of ceramics, giving it a philosophical dimension. This dimension plays with the artist’s inability to fully control all circumstances, reminding us of life’s unpredictability and our inability to completely govern our fate. Ceramics teaches us to embrace randomness as part of the process, much like how people accept their imperfections. This perspective reflects the reality of human life – we are all imperfect, and these imperfections shape our unique experiences. The fragility of ceramics parallels the fragility of human life. Artists learn to embrace defects because they are an inevitable part of the process. These imperfections make ceramics a harmonious art form, reflecting the truth of life. Working with ceramics allows observing the patterns of accidental defects and tracing their impact on the final outcome. The contours of the human body and its changing nature over time are similar to the shapes of ceramics, which adapt to the effects of the firing process. This variability reflects the cyclicality and continuity of life. Ceramics becomes an artistic meditation on the fragility of human life and the world. Thus, ceramics will always be a present art medium, continuing to exist with or without us. It reminds us of the beauty of life, which lies in its imperfections and randomness.

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Māris Mortukāns

Faceless - as a philosophical question about human existence, identity and the influence of society on the individual. Anonymity, the loss of personal identity, can be interpreted in different contexts, providing profound insights into human nature and its place in society.

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Dārta Berkmane

Memories can only be evoked at some point, but they disappear when you have to face the present. And in principle, everything that happened in the past becomes fictitious, because it no longer exists and has passed, but we remember it as memories, which we give repeated emotional meaning by remembering it again and again, thus trying to preserve our identity and evidence of being in the past. The title of the work "FORGOTTEN" symbolizes the life of the work after its creation. The object characterizes the message of the exhibition as it directly symbolizes failure and the unpredictable nature of ceramics, as the end result differs from the desired and imagined, which is characteristic of a work fired in a wood kiln. The work is the physical form of the author's memories, the sentimental meaning of which has been forgotten.

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Kristīne Petrovska 

It is a process, each day a little life. With every movement a little change, fresh water and cold tale a little youth. With every rest And sleep a little rusty death. Objekts: Einārs Stepko un Mārtiņš Dziļums Materiāli: tērauds, organiskais stikls, flīzes, manuāli darbiņā ir pumpji, attēls

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"Forma bez satura"

Karīna Šumkova

In the work the author reflects about photography as a medium for creating art, about standards in photography and subjective attitude towards their own works. By creating a photograph where a person transforms into a form without any connotations that could be associated with a specific person in the image, the person in the photograph becomes an undefined figure and form without content. It is difficult to completely cleanse a photograph of content, as it is inevitably a representation of reality. By turning photography into a formal aesthetic without content, the author focuses on photography as a craft, dialogue, and the relationship between the artist and their works, which is a relevant theme for any artist. This theme involves not only self-expression but also standards and mistakes. The author's goal was to achieve an excellent image without defects, but the work is in the technique of analog photography, where avoiding mistakes (artifacts) is challenging. Therefore, the work represents the nature of analog photography, which, compared to digital photography, requires greater precision, as well as knowledge and experience.

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“? to ?”

Clara Thurid Wahrenberg

Judging is a complex behaviour influenced by evolutionary, cognitive, social, and psychological factors. Born from an evolutionary necessity, the quick assessment of others was essential for survival. Categorisations simplify the world around us and reinforce a sense of identity and belonging within a group. Through identifying those who are different, we strengthen bonds with those who are similar. But a strong focus on differences can also create division, fear, or hate. We commonly judge based on our moral and ethical standards, which guide our perception of right and wrong. These judgments can influence social justice and accountability. Still, our morals get deceived easily as the bigger picture grows more complex and intertwined. Our world is the playing field for numerous power struggles. Rich against poor, men against women, white against black, human against nature. Will anyone be left to play the referee, once the fight against ourselves is over? Art Academy of Latvia, Product Design Summer Workshop, Lecturer Maris Mortukans

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the exhibition will be on until 23.08

organised by RLT & M/Gallery

Free entry, 24/7

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