Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) together with Kaņepes Culture Centre and Latvian jury of art experts and professionals have selected eight most talented young artists from Latvia to participate in the Young Artists Biennale – Jeune Création Européenne (JCE) 2017/2019.
57 young Latvian artists aged 30 and under submitted their works of different types of art: paintings, sculptures, installation, audio-visual arts, photography, etc. The Fantastic Eight who will represent Latvia in the international competition and participate in the travelling JCE Biennale exhibition are: Mētra Saberova; duo “Golf Clayderman”, Zīle Ziemele, Toms Harjo, Sandra Strēle, Rūdolfs Štamers, Raitis Hrolovičs, Andrejs Lavrinovičs. They have been selected by national jury: Diāna Barčevska, art researcher and curator; Kaspars Vanags, curator; Maija Kurševa, artist and lecturer; Alberto Di Gennaro, scenographer; and Dāvis Kaņepe, JCE Biennale curator in Latvia.
In October, 2017 international jury will announce three most talented artists from all partaking countries who will receive Grand Prix. After the announcement, the travelling exhibition of 72 artworks from 9 countries will start its two-year journey through galleries and art centres in the partner cities. In August, 2018 IES will open the doors of Science, art and gastronomy centre "Brūzis" in Cēsis to host the travelling exhibition in Latvia.
The JCE Biennale started in 2000 in Montrouge, Paris. It is a collaboration between European cities with a common desire to support the work of young artists. The aim of the JCE Biennale is to provide a launching platform for young emerging artists to boost their international visibility. This will be the 9th edition of Biennale, Latvia will take a part in it for the second time. Latvia’s involvement is based on the partnership between Institute for Environmental Solutions and Kaņepes Culture Centre.