"The New Masters of the Land, or Our Muddy Pastalas* on the Parquet Floor of Cosmopolitan Venice." Preliminary remarks by Alise Tifentale, a co-curator of the Latvia’s exposition North by Northeast at the 55th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale, May 31 — November 24, 2013.
Published in Studija 90, no. 3 (2013).
* pastalas are a simple form of traditional Latvian peasant footwear made from a single piece of leather.
Read more about the Latvian pavilion at the Venice Biennale here:
My introduction to the catalogue, “Just What it is That Makes Latvian Art So Different, So Latvian?”
"Latvian Art Talk," my talk about the contemporary art scene in Latvia and the artists selected for the Latvian pavilion in Venice, delivered at the premises of the pavilion's co-organizer Art in General, New York, May 4, 2013.
More details about the pavilion, the artists, and the curatorial collective that worked on North by Northeast in Venice.
“Our Muddy Boots on Their Marble Floor: Identity and Self-Fashioning in Latvian Contemporary Art,” paper presented at The Yale Conference on Baltic and Scandinavian Studies organized by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS), and the European Studies Council at Yale University. New Haven, CT, Yale University, March 13–15 , 2014.