Charity project GRATA BALVA 2022 “#illusory #reality” in support of Ukrainian refugees.
Deadline for submission of works: June 1 - 30, 2022, during the gallery's opening hours. Entries brought after June 30 will not be accepted.
Before submitting, please make sure you have sent:
1) your updated CV;
2) your photo;
3) a good quality photo of the work (ideal if the photo is 74 kb or 200 kb) to place on the gallery's home page.
4) As well as mandatory information about the work: name, size, year, equipment, price.
Please send this information in time, at least 2 days before you return the work to the gallery. Without this information, the job will not be accepted.
Dimensions of the competition works this year:
1. paintings - height 30, width 40 cm
2. paintings - diameter 40 cm
3. for sculptures, objects - size by agreement with the gallery
For the competition will not be accepted works that are:
• with an aggressive context,
• inciting any conflict,
• that would clearly offend the feelings of anyone present,
• incitement to ethnic hatred,
• that do not correspond to the theme of the competition or the specified size.
GRATA BALVA is an international project that has become a tradition in the gallery MuseumLV, annually inviting professional artists to create original works, thus promoting creativity. Every year, more than 120 artists from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Korea, France, Switzerland, Russia, Great Britain and Ukraine represent their work with a total of more than 200 works, providing a versatile picture of contemporary art in painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, in textile and digital art. GRATA BALVA competition exhibitions:
The aim of the project is to provide a platform for artists to communicate creatively and exchange experiences, as well as to introduce a wider audience to the artists' work. The cash prize at the exhibition is a stimulating factor that provides important support for creative activity and is an appreciation of the artist's work. During the exhibition, all works are offered for sale to those interested.
The target audience of the project is professional artists whose quality of work meets the gallery's standards.
GRATA BALVA in visual art has two cash prizes - 500 EUR each. The first of them is awarded by the gallery's representatives based on the experience of mutual cooperation, evaluating the artist's contribution to the gallery MuseumLV. The fate of the second prize is determined by the vote of the visitors of the exhibition. In this way, the organizers hope to achieve greater public interest in visual art and its processes, as well as to attract a wider audience to the creative environment. In order to ensure the fairest possible vote for the artists, all works are exhibited with numbers, without the names of the authors. Voting takes place in person throughout the exhibition, as well as on the gallery's website
The competition consists of two parts:
1. GRATA BALVA - 500 € is awarded at the opening of the competition exhibition
2. Audience Award - The Sympathy Award is presented at the opening of the next exhibition, which will follow this exhibition in the gallery MuseumLV
The exposition will be located in the MuseumLV gallery on two floors. The international format of the exhibition envisages that the works of the competition, with the consent of the artists, will also be exhibited in the exhibition halls of the gallery's cooperation partners in Switzerland, France, Estonia, Lithuania and other countries.
A new competition theme is offered every year. The title and theme of this year's exhibition is “#illusory #reality”
Competition works will be judged. Each contestant will be given the opportunity to participate in the exhibition with another work that thematically corresponds to the idea of the competition, in order to provide a broader insight into the artist's work. The dimensions of the second work must not exceed 90 x 90 cm. The exhibition of these works is not guaranteed by the organizers. It is subject to timely submission and coordination.
To participate in the competition exhibition, the artist must confirm their participation by sending an application to email@example.com by April 10, 2022. In the application, confirm your wish to participate and attach your current photo portrait and CV. Upon receipt of the application, the Gallery MuseumLV team will answer all your questions and send you more detailed information and a schedule for the further progress of this project.
The works of the competition will be accepted only after sending the gallery's confirmation to the artist. Deadline for submission of works: June 1 - 30, 2022, during the gallery's opening hours.
Description of the competition topic.
On a daily basis, we create a reality based on our own illusions of the ideal. The reality of the modern world, constantly interacting with itself, destroying and creating new conditions, knocks us out of our personal, subordinate spaces and throws us into a world made up of the desires and illusions of society. The creative illusory space is a special world that belongs to each of us, reflecting our beliefs, tastes, worries, understandings of beauty, hopes and dreams.
The creative illusory space is a special world in which we coexist with the real world.
This is a membership map that reflects our inner nature.
We manage our memories, plan our lives and place ourselves in the perfect place in the space, choosing and refining the fine lines that match our personal, intimate perception of things.
Infinitely we create our own realities, based on the illusions of our ideal understanding of the present, past and future.
We use these illusions as a tool of consciousness and connection in our daily interactions with the outside world.
What is out of sight? The only, inexhaustible need that awakens and determines the opportunities for human development throughout life is creativity. Creativity changes us, creates tangible and intangible art objects, developing and supplementing the author's personal range.
In this turbulent time, we turn to the images we have created during our creative experience, to the Image as a source of hope and strength to live, to create, to help those in need, to fight for our future in order to remain on the bright side of love and creation.
The idea of an ideal landscape, form, abstraction, still life or portrait exists only within the artist's personal space - within the limits of the perception of time and space. We invite you to share with the world your ideal images, the illusory reality, creating another edge of reality in the endless illusion of existence.
The team of the Cultural Center GRATA JJ Gallery MuseumLV wishes a success for everyone in their creative work and prosperity in life! See you in the gallery!
The planned opening time of the exhibition is the second half of August.
april 14th 11.00 - 19.00
april 15th closed
april 16th closed
april 17th closed
april 18th closed
april 19th 11.00 - 19.00
Joint exhibition of Giorgia Zhang, Siqi Chen, Mary Zhang “On the move”.
13.04.2022. – 14.05.2022.
Art Gallery MuseumLV and Cultural Center Grata JJ
Andreja Pumpura Street 2, Rīga, LV – 1010
Working hours: Tue. – Fri: 11:00 – 19:00, Sat.: 11:00 – 17:00
ON THE MOVE
Travelling and moving to other countries is supposed to be on free choice. However, it has become an unfortunate necessity for many people nowadays. Our civilization has faced the issue of migration throughout history development; moreover, the subject of refugees took a special place in this process. Currently, this issue has become much more sensitive.
Nowadays, more than ever, each one of us is a ‘citizen of the world’. Many people choose to study, travel, get acquainted with new traditions of other nations, move to another place and accumulate the cultural experience of other countries. More and more discussions emerged concerning cultural differences, the need for acceptance through involvement, participation and living as a form of empathy, and opportunities to expand one’s range of personality by exploring similarities and differences.
The term ‘different’ has become a topic interest of conversation in every society, where, of course, opinions on this phenomenon are still divided. Undoubtedly, this is because culture is always the most vital identifier for both individuals and nations. This issue often creates a certain amount of public confusion and possibly a fear of something new, which is perceived as a threat to old foundations and generational traditions entrenched in the subconscious.
Dr. Siqi Chen has devoted several studies to the issue of refugee children. How do people adapt to life in an unfamiliar country, how does it affect the human psyche, and what kind of outside support is needed? These issues will be discussed during the exhibition.
This exhibition is an investigation of society taken from 3 generations’ perspectives. The authors’ representations claim that now we all need to visualize stories about people’s lives outside their homeland, stories of hope, mutual understanding, love for people, regardless of nationality. This project is about the courage to go further, about the desire to be on the move because the world is full of opportunities. We all need friendly advice and enthusiastic participation. Today, the experience of those who have chosen to live outside their homeland is becoming supportive for those who have left their land.
Giorgia Zhang/ Chang Zhang (2005) is talented in painting and filmmaking; she studies in a local school in Riga. Giorgia shares about living in a foreign country:” Many difficulties are dealt with, and I think sometimes I have to learn how to live with them. Living in a foreign country is a valuable experience. Throughout the years, I have learnt to stand up against things that I am not comfortable with.” Chang’s room illustrates her generation’s insight into the daily lives of the vulnerable population.
Dr. Siqi Chen (1990) is a researcher and architect who lives in Berlin. Siqi’s installations, videos and photos are rooted in extensive research about fugitive children in this exhibition. All recurring themes are the lives of fugitive children in host countries, their psychological consequences, the legacy of social conflicts, and its lasting effects on global capitalism. As a social researcher who works with humans in daily life, one of her tasks is to make things clear and understandable for everyone outside her work. So she often interlinks facts and individuals to reflect a diversity of social experiences for the minority groups.
Mary Zhang /Hongge Zhang (1967) was born in Beijing, China. However, she has chosen Riga for settling over the past few years. Mary is a Registered Urban Planner in the People’s Republic of China. Before coming to Latvia, she mainly worked in architecture and urban design for about 25 years. She also owns 20 years of experience in the traditional Chinese art field, working on representing traditional Chinese history, calligraphy, and antique patterns in combinations with new artistic techniques. Mary Zhang’s call is to understand the diversity between Eastern and Western cultures, help locals develop a good relationship with the Chinese people, and overcome the gap between the two nations. She thinks you have to be brave to live in a foreign country. She urges her not to be afraid of cultural differences and live up to her dreams, respecting and accepting the values of the country in which one is located, either because of one’s tendencies or circumstances.
Curator of the exhibition “On the move”: Laura Tuča