As you walk through the forest this weekend, pay attention to the street signs: one of them is different from all others, and it might lead you to an unexpected, bifurcated path. You can walk straight into a hidden garden, peeking through the windows of a wooden edifice. But if you enter it, slow down and pause – you may hear moving images of private stories. Inside, you can join people who talk while dancing; as sounds turn into metal shapes, and time goes round in circles. These are only some of the routes you can take and ideas encountered at Rupert this week as part of The Insider Outside: a group exhibition presenting new works by participants Monika Janulevičiūtė & Antanas Lučiūnas (Girlisonfire), Milda Januševičiūtė, Ona Juciūtė, Marjolein van der Loo, Vytautas Stakutis, Rytis Urbanskas, Naglis Kristijonas Zakaras, developed and produced during the 6th Alternative Education programme. The exhibition unfolds over three days on the ground floor and in Rupert’s outdoor spaces. The exhibition opens on Thursday, 13th September from 7 pm with a live performance by Girlisonfire from 8 pm which will also be presented on the closing night, Saturday 15th September. But there’s more: a second chapter of the show will travel to Kim? Contemporary Art Center in Riga, opening on October 5th. We will reveal more details on our website over the coming weeks.
In further Riga news, the Rupert team will visit the Baltic Triennial on 21st-22nd September, together with some of our current artists-in-residence: Holly Childs, Rebecca Ackroyd and Renée Mboya. We had the pleasure to welcome them at the beginning of September with an Open Studio event as part of Vilnius Gallery Weekend ’18’s official programme, and we look forward to sharing more news on their upcoming work here at Rupert.
Finally, Joanna Warsza will give a public lecture on October 1st. More details will follow shortly!
Image: Moment from the performance by Julie Béna as part of the closing event of the summer exhibition Entangled Tales, 2018, Rupert. Photo by Evgenia Levin.
Renée Mboya (Kenya) is a writer, curator and filmmaker based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work is concerned with memory and specifically the use of autobiography in contemporary narratives to rehabilitate misrepresentations in history. Renée’s most recent project opened at de Appel Arts Centre, in Amsterdam. You Must Make Your Death Public was based on a concept loosely inspired on the working methodology of filmmaker Chris Kraus. At Rupert, she will be working on a filmic reflection on mondo films made about Africa between 1960 and 1992, observing this sensationalist form as a way to question the place of media and film in the heritage of learning and representation.
Rebecca Ackroyd (UK) lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal Academy School in 2015 after completing her BA in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art in 2010. Most recently Ackroyd has presented solo exhibitions at Gallery Weekend Berlin – Peres Projects, 2018; DRAIN – Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway; The Root – Zabludowicz Collection invites series, London; House Fire at Outpost Gallery, Norwich. At Rupert artist is planning to make a series of drawings and written works that correspond with one another and will explore the context of her artistic practice as a whole.