RIBOCA2 announces exhibition will transform into a feature movie, film set and online series of talks and conversations.
In light of our current situation, the 2nd edition of Riga International Biennial of
Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2), and suddenly it all blossoms, had to be reimagined. Initially planned to open on 16 May 2020 with a five-month duration, the project will now transform into a feature movie and the unfinished exhibition will become its film set, introduced through an online series of talks and conversations starting 21 May 2020.
Taking place in the Tarkovskian settings of Andrejsala, the former industrial port of Riga, the film follows the remnants of the original exhibition format and unfolds as an odyssey, a drift and a meditation that evolves between the works, surrounded by an ecosystem of granaries, empty lots, wastelands, an abandoned power station, a paintball field, hangars, bird colonies, a railway station and cruise ships, among others. Bearing the traces of yesterday’s industries while awaiting its potential rebirth, Andrejsala is a metaphor for the ruptures of modern utopias, Soviet ideals and capitalist hopes borne by Latvia’s tumultuous history. The film is equally a reflection on thresholds; of standing at the intersection of past and nascent worlds.
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