Solvita Krese

Solvita Krese (b. 1967) is an art curator and critic based in Riga. Since 2000 she has been the director of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art (LCCA). Her research interest include transformation of public spaces and contemporary cities, institutional critique and feminist strategies as well as the popularization of Latvian contemporary art heritage. She has curated and co-curated several major international exhibitions and also she is the author of many art research articles, art exhibitions and artist catalog texts. In 2009 Krese initiated an annual contemporary art festival called Survival Kit which she has curated and organised ever since. Between 2010-2013 after the economic crisis she organized in partnership with the Soros Foundation a programme called Brigade to support creative businesses based on art and culture. She was commissioner of Latvian Pavilion in 2015 and 2019 for the 56th and the 58th Venice biennale. One of her recent research and exhibition project was Portable Landscapes (co-curated with Inga Lāce) which was about tracing and contextualizing Latvian artists’ emigration and exile stories troughthout the 20th century.