Festival, different venues, Riga, 23.05.-03.06.2018
The second edition of Riga Zine Fest happens this year. Expect some fine exhibitions by local and international artists, a zine fair and talks and presentations. Don't miss!
Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 23.05.-01.06.2018
Anna Haifisch’s Drifter is a large, spiral-bound book of brightly colored drawings each accompanied by a short text. It opens with a mid-sex break-up: a couple–rendered as two, Matisse-like shapes–embraces on top of one another, beneath which black text states, “Listen, I…it’s over.” This begins the lead character’s story; we watch as they ask if they can keep the dog, draw animals at the zoo, have said illustrations rejected by the New Yorker, and fantasize about being a dog. The drawings have a quick, gestural quality, while the text is kept simple–vague statements about a drifting person.
Opening: Wednesday, 23 May, 18.00. At 19.00 will be comics readings by Anna Haifisch and Lukas Weidinger.
Art Book Fair, Kaserne Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 13.-16.06.2018
Residency Exchange Program, Graz - Vienna, Austria, 30.04-13.05.2018
Lote Vilma Vītiņa and Līva Kandevica are invited by HOUSE books and kuš! to take part in the international exchange program 'work-stay'. It focuses on the interaction of international comic art networks, providing short term stays to refreshen perspectives and update regional developments.
Illustration by Lote Vilma Vītiņa
Exhibition, The Royal Over-Seas League, London, U.K., 09.04.-20.05.2018
Celebrate with us the outcomes of the Arts Council England funded Pop Up Creators Project - an international exchange of outstanding and emerging illustrators and comics artists across the UK, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania! 18 published children’s illustrators and comics artists across the four countries have been commissioned to work with multilingual groups of talented 16-24 year-old visual artists in 16 universities and colleges. Guided by their artist-mentors, the 150 young artists have produced their own illustrated stories in a distinct ‘leporello’ format.
The stories, exhibition of artwork and digital showcase will be launched at ROSL, coinciding with the London Book Fair 2018 ‘Baltic Countries Market Focus’. Co-curated by Pop Up and House of Illustration, the exhibition tells the story of the project and showing some of the oustanding work by the young artists and will run at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL Arts) for 6 weeks from 9th April to 20th May 2018.
The Latvian stories were created during the kuš! summer school with Alexis Deacon and Hamish Steele. The young artists who participated were: Alise Gluškova, Diāna Jarmakova, Diāna Kaijaka, Diāna Sīmane, Gvido Vizulis, Ilze Ance Kazaka, Karlīna Marta Zvirbule, Mārtiņš Zutis, Liāna Mihailova, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Marta Folkmane, Pauls Rietums, Rebeka Lukošus, Renāte Kloviņa, Roberts Rūrāns, Tonijs Strods, Vivianna Maria Stanislavska, Zane Zlemeša and Zozefs Diango Amadu Kulibali.
RSVP to the opening on 09.04 at 17.30
Presented by Pop Up, House of Illustration & ROSL Arts
Illustration: Pop Up logo customized by Roberts Rūrāns
Comic Workshop, Goethe-Institute Riga, 19.05.-20.05.2018
Anna Haifisch will come to Goethe-Institute Riga to teach a comic workshop in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Latvia and the other Baltic states. How can you celebrate such an event with fun and charming comics? You'll only find out if you take part! And for sure you'll learn a bunch more tricks to create comics!
More infos and details how to apply on our blog!
Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 06.04. – 04.05.18
The exhibition “Forêt Noire” showcases the original drawings of comics and illustrations devoted to the theme of forest and elements of forest Ingrīda Pičukāne has created during the last ten years. Since 2007 her comics have been regularly published in the comics culture magazine “kuš!” and comics anthologies “š!”, her mini comic “Three Sisters” was published in the mini kuš! series in 2016. Ingrīda Pičukāne’s comics have been showcased in kuš! group exhibitions in Lithuania, Finland, Spain and Italy, however, this will be the first time when they will be showed in Latvia.
For this exhibition Ingrīda Pičukāne has created a wall painting, and garments using the natural materials such as acorns, grass, needles and the garbage such as tin can, bottle lids, cigarette packs and yoghurt cups that people have left behind in the forests thus showing the contemporary forest landscape instead of a romanticized impression of fairy tale forest.
Exhibition is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 16.00 – 19.00.
Support: State Culture Capital Foundation
Zine Fest, Ankert, Burapest, Hungary, 28.-29.04.2018
Illustration by Zsuzsanna Kreif
Madrid Art Book Fair, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, 20.-21.04.2018
kuš! will be an exhibitor at the Madrid Art Book Fair Libros Mutantes. kuš! will be represented by it's editor Sanita Muižniece.
Small Press Market, Lucerne, Switzerland, 14.-14.04.2018 and 21.-22.04.2018
kuš! will have a table both weekends at the International Comics Arts Festival Fumetto in Lucerne. kuš! will be represented by it's editor David Schilter and by the artists Vivianna Maria Stanislavska and of course König Lü.Q..
Festival, SibSub Skatepark, Tyumen, Russia, 31.03.-01.04.2018
kuš! is honored to be a special international guest at Comic Arts Tyumen 2018, the first edition of the first comics festival in Siberia! The festival is organised by Space Cow bookstore and publishing company. kuš! editor David Schilter will have a presentation about the Latvian comics scene and will held a zine workshop for local artists and comic lovers.
Supported by: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Children's Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, 26.-29.03.2018
kuš! will be part of the Latvian stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. kuš! editor Sanita Muižniece will join the Latvian publisher delegation to visit the biggest children's book fair in the world and among other things present the Latvian leporellos from the Pop Up Creators Project. Besides that? Networking and pizza, you know!
Supported by: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Workshop, Funhouse, The Drawing Center, New York, USA, 24./25.03.2018
Comic zine workshop, lead by artist Oskars Pavlovskis will be a collaborative comic drawing experience suited for participants of any age and skill level. The workshop will focus on the creation of short experimental comic stories based around the FUNHOUSE theme. Together the participants will take part in creating a unique self-published comic zine, which will be printed and assembled during the workshop and each participant will receive a copy.
Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 15.02.-09.03.2018
Mārtiņš Zutis' exhibition is the attempt to combine things, if they weren't in one space, it probably would have been best if they all stayed individually - on the wall, or in the aquarium, and without a title.
Opening Thursday, 15 February, 19.00
Open Thursdays and Fridays from 16.00-19.00
Artist talk, ZMP birojs Latvijā, Marijas iela 13/3, Riga, 06.03.2018, 17.30
Open lecture by author, comic artist and animator Rui Tenreiro.
Rui Tenreiro is an author, illustrator and art director living in Stockholm, Sweden. He creates narrative experiences through storytelling, be it a book, film or piece of writing. A Konstfack graduate, in 2014 he received the Stockholms stad kulturpris I illustration (Stockholm city illustration award). In the same year, he had his first solo exhibition at Stadsbiblioteket in Stockholm (Stockholm Public Library). In Sweden he is published by Bonnier Carlsen and Sanatorium Forlag, and his works have been published in 7 different languages. He is currently art directing an animated feature film to be released in SVT and cinemas worldwide in the Spring 2018, and producing artworks for the interior of the new Nationalmuseum in Stockholm in the Fall of 2018
Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 18.01.-09.02.2018
Sabīne Moore's "Zīmētās skaņa" (Drawn Sound) is a performance series which the artists made in Latvia between 2016-2017. The drawings are connected to electronic instruments and during the peroformance the drawing creates sound. In Mičēlijs a selection of those drawings are on display as well as videos of previous performances, and during the exhibition Sabīne will make new performances.
Talk, Comix Home Base, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 21.01.2018
Talk “Zero to One: The story of Latvian comics miracle, kuš!” for "PLAY! Hong Kong Comix Touring Exhibition", kuš! editor David Schilter was invited by the Comix Home Base of Hong Kong Arts Centre to give a talk and share his way of publishing and his view on the current independent comics publishing scene in Europe. He also shared his criteria in selecting artists for collaboration, and introduced some of his favorite comics works to Hong Kong readers. He also shared his experience in working with Hong Kong comics artists and his future plans with kuš!.
Photos © Comix Home Base