DEDICATION, EXPLOITATION AND HAUTE COLLABORATION
An exhibition by the Latvian Institute Rome conceived by Tobias Kaspar for SILBERKUPPE, Berlin
ERIKS APALAIS, MIKAEL BRKIC, OLEG FROLOV, EDGARS GLUHOVS, ANDREA LEGIEHN, ILYA LIPKIN, FRED LONIDIER, DARIA MELNIKOVA, INKA MEISSNER, PHILIP PILEKJÆR, MARINA PINSKY, CARTER SEDDON, JAANUS SAMMA, GILI TAL, ANDY WARHOL, SEYOUNG YOON
“There are so many Academies and Institutes in Rome. It seems to be a thing to have. Certainly it was only a matter of time we went off to establish an institute of our own.” - Nikita Konstantinova
The exhibition takes its title from Edgars Gluhovs’ work Haute Collaboration - Edition Concorde which in 2015, inaugurated the Latvian Institute Rome at Marieta Chirulescu’s then studio in Villa Massimo.
Four artists hamming it up to “H”. They give Disney money for “money” (and smuggle in food).
Suddenly it is clear to them that certain corporations have paid way into the myth structure of the Disney corporation. Anyway they cross and recross “Main Street USA” looking for things to look at …The corporate presence becomes a fascination to them.*
Fred Lonidier’s work The Double Articulation of Disneyland (1974), sets the tone and conceptual approach for this exhibition which aims to address issues around collaboration, co-production, exploitation and dedication amongst artists and their artistic productions in a post-turbo-capitalistic society.
*These are four of the 36 captions accompanying each photo of Fred Lonidier’s 1974 work The Double Articulation of Disneyland, which further includes on separate text panels a rough translation by Don Wayne of an excerpt of Louis Marin 1973 essay “Utopiques: Jeux D’Espaces.”
At the opening the following two publications will be launched:
Workshop for the Restoration of Unfelt Feelings. Juris Boiko and Hardijs Lediņš, published by Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, compiled and edited by Ieva Astahovska and Māra Žeikare, graphic design Zane Ernštreite.
Tobias Kaspar New Address, published by Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurch and SILBERKUPPE, Berlin graphic design Pascal Storz, texts Mikael Brkic and Daniel Horn.
19 February - 8 April 2017
Gallery installation photography by Timo Ohler.