Video of performance
The story of a universal hero is told in a form of questionable poetry and barely tolerable vocalization of well-known songs. Ominous fantasies entwined with the news stories create the disconcerting world of everyday life. It is a ritual performed for the graces of ancient gods in hope of better fortunes for us all tomorrow.
Ieva Kraule-Kūna (1987, Latvia) born in Riga. She has MA in Fine Arts from Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Artist mostly produces sculptural objects using various materials (ceramics, stone, metal, etc.), accompanying them with short stories, where absurd adventures of fictive characters mix with skewed interpretations of historical facts. In her works, Ieva Kraule-Kūna refers to Soviet architecture, artisanship and fetishism.
Her most significant solo and duo exhibitions include: “Hot Babas” (2019, Latvian National Museum of Art exhibition hall Arsenāls Radošā Darbnīca, Riga), “α: Deceived Deceivers”. (2017, Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga), The person you are trying to reach is not available together with Aidan Koch (2016, Hester, New York), Qu’est-ce que ça peut faire tout ça together with Kaspars Groševs (2015, Shanaynay, Paris), Nobody Dances Like That Anymore (2014, Gallery 427, Riga), …if all you told was turned to gold (2014, Vita Kuben gallery, Umeå), 11 out of 10 (2013, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga). Most significant group exhibitions: Paris Internationale (2015, Paris), XII Baltic Triennial (2015, CAC, Vilnius), Le fragole del Baltico (2015, CareOf, Milan), Lily’s Pool (2015, Art In General, New York), Vortex (2014, Project Space Garage, Moscow).
Ieva Kraule-Kūna now co-runs artist-run gallery LOW and was co-founder and curator of Gallery 427, or Four To Seven (both in Riga). Artist is also the recipient of the kim? Residency Award in 2017, when she spent three months in a residency in Gasworks, London.