Inga Lāce

Inga Lāce lives in Riga and is a curator at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. She has been a curatorial fellow at de Appel arts center, Amsterdam (2015–2016), working on the research and events program Instituting Ecologies (2016). In Amsterdam she also co-curated the exhibition It Won’t Be Long Now, Comrades! at Framer Framed (2017). Lāce has been curator of the 7th, 8th and 9th edition of the contemporary art festival SURVIVAL KIT (2015–2017) and is currently working on a research project Portable Landscapes tracing and contextualizing Latvian artists’ emigration and exile stories throughout 20th century (at Villa Vassilieff, Paris, and the Latvian National Museum of Art, 2018).

Screening #2

Performing Words, Uttering Performance

The changing role and function of language before and after the “transition” cannot be discussed without considering the dimension of authoritarian speech acts in the last phase of socialism. Anthropologist Alexei Yurchak shares the observation that during the authoritarian speech act, sign and reference, language and gesture, word and action merge into each other. This thesis is the foundation for an understanding of the variety of linguistic and performative experiments in post-socialist video art. The curators will focus on video works that reflect upon shifts in language and meaning and employ diverse silent, verbal, performative, activist, and other strategies to discuss collective and personal memory, identity, power relations, gender roles, and socio-political change.

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