European Mobility Award Report | Lia Carreira
Recipient of a European Mobility Award, Lia Carreira, Used her the opportunity to explore and address questions of migration and mobility in the past and today, as well as issues regarding identity and memory viewed through the perspective of belonging and not belonging, alienation, displacement, changes and transit.
Lia Carreira is a media artist and researcher, currently based in Budapest, Hungary. As an artist, she explores current technologies as potential platforms for engagement and agency in order to question and unravel contemporary modes of beings in today’s highly digital, tech-driven and networked society
The LCCA Summer School of 2018 was inaugurated by organizer Ilze Supe (Kuldīga Artists' Residency) and Ieva Astahovska (LCCA) with a welcome speech at the Kuldīga Artists' Residency Gallery on the goals of the school in opening up spaces for exchange and dialogue. The speech was followed by the introduction of a few of the tutors and lecturers, which then paved way to a panel discussion on the main theme of the Summer School, on “Contemporary Geographies. To Map Places, Experiences and Ideas”.
During the panel discussion, Ilva Skulte, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Inga Erdmane, Anita Zarina, Ilse Supe addressed the core issues of the program, to be further elaborated and debated within the week, and included topics on the social and political implications of the dissolution of borders in today's highly globalized world; the relationship between local and global within this scenario and the discourses related to the concepts of margins and periphery; as well as their impacts in the Arts. The participants of the program also contributed to this debate with reflections on the current context of the Arts in Latvia and in their countries of origins, which spanned to Germany, Hungary, USA, Brazil, Peru, Ireland, Spain and Ukraine.
Throughout the consecutive days, participants were introduced to the practices of Latvian, Estonian, Egyptian and Turkish artists and curators who address issues of migration, mobility and displacement within the arts, creating a map of our “contemporary geographies”. Within these presentations, Professor Ilva Skulte from Riga Stradins University gave a talk on the current panorama of how migrants are represented or “depicted” in local and global media platforms. Skulte highlighted the responsibilities of media professionals, as well as artists and curators, when addressing migration in the public sphere – those practices are all equally responsible for the production of knowledge on migration and require a sense of ethics and understanding of their current socio-political situations. Artists Inga Erdmane, Eléonore de Montesquiou, Diana Tamane and Pınar Öğrenci gave, on the other hand, personal accounts of those practices referred by Skulte while presenting their own works, as many of them engage directly with migration, migrants and their daily socio-political conflicts.
On the curatorial front, Jonatan Habib Engqvist, Tanel Rander and Kamila Metwaly presented an overview of their recent and past exhibitions. Engqvist's presentation established a link between migration, identity and belonging with his previous and current works on mapping, while Tanel Rander focused on the relationship between center and peripheries, and local and foreign, within his practice in the regions of Valga and Valka by the Latvian/Estonian border. Metwaly, who has been mostly working with sound in the Arts and journalism, gave an introduction to S A V V Y Contemporary, a platform for art and critical thinking which situates itself in the threshold between the notions of West and non-West.
The program also included workshops and creative practices, in which participants were able to go hands on by developing projects on the topics addressed in the previous presentations. This included a hacking/Arduino workshop with artist Mindaugas Gapševičius and daily work sessions supervised by the invited speakers and the LCCA team. The result of those daily sessions were four different collective works, presented at the end of the program throughout the serene landscapes of Kuldīga. The participants of the Summer School were also given the space and time to present their own practices to their fellows, which gave them the opportunity to get to know each other better and exchange ideas further. The Summer School experience was extended to parallel activities in the city, such as with the Design Film Festival at the Kuldīga Open-air Cinema and with the ISSP exhibition opening and screening at the Kuldīga Arts Hall, where this exchange was also made with the local community and partner programs.