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About this exhibition opening reception

Join us for the exhibition reception of Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism in the James Gallery on Thursday, November 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with a gallery walk through by exhibition artists and curators. This exhibition reception is free and open to the public, but please click here to RSVP.

Artists: Daina Dagnija, Yonia Fain, Yevgeniy Fiks, Hell’s Kitchen collective, Rolands Kaņeps, Boris Lurie, Judy Blum Reddy, Vladimir Svetlov & Aleksandr Zapoļ (Orbita group), Viktor Timofeev, Sigurds Vīdzirkste, Artūrs Virtmanis, Karol Radziszewski.

Curators: Katherine Carl, Solvita Krese, Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere.

Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism explores stories by contemporary émigré and displaced artists addressing migration through the presentation of archival material and historical works of art. Taking the story of this group as a point of departure, the exhibition situates Latvian emigre art of the time in a wider perspective as it examines visual and political expression of twelve international artists and collectives who address dislocation resulting from the Holocaust and Soviet occupation. The legacy of this historical dynamic persists to the current day as contemporary migrations unfold.

Portable Landscapes: Memories and Imaginaries of Refugee Modernism is a collaboration of The James Gallery and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and is one of the events of the Latvia’s Centenary Celebrations. It is supported, in part, by the Latvian Republic Culture Ministry, the Baltic American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Cultural Institute New York and State Culture Capital Foundation.




Daina Dagnija with her painting " Miss America 1922". New York. 1967. Photographer unknown. Private collection of Daina Dagnija