The exhibition Summertime Readings presents manifestations of fiction and documentary in the work of contemporary artists and explores contemporary art’s interaction with the time-based arts such as literature, theater, and cinema. The exhibition pays special attention to original and powerful narratives and an artist or art work’s storytelling capacity.

The exhibition in Cesis follows the logic of “compilation” typical to popular periodicals, internet portals as well as book clubs and book lovers’ societies, which compile and promote recommended-reading-lists to their readers and members: especially on the cusp of summer time (and at Christmas). The exhibition is bringing together local and international artworks as a collection or list of summer reading, or, exploration. Summertime Readings targets Cesis’ residents and the holidaymakers that stream into this small town in the North of Latvia every annual arts festival season. For the first time the boundaries of the exhibition in Cesis will expand beyond its usual limits in the central building of the former brewery to occupy public locations throughout the town.

By bringing together the work of artists working in the field of film, performance and installation as well as drawing and sculpture Summertime Readings project aims to establish the Cesis Art Festival as a regional center for interdisciplinary exhibition-making that will involve and attract audiences coming from different cultural backgrounds and spheres of interest.

Sebastian Diaz Morales (Argentina), Virginia Colwell (Mexico), Pavel Braila (Moldova), Vita Zamana (Lithuania/Austria), Mindaugas Lukošaitis (Lithuania), Evaldas Jansas (Lithuania), Leonards Laganovskis (Latvia), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), João Penalva (United Kingdom), Vadim Fishkin (Slovēnija), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Ivars Drulle (Latvia), Donatas Jankauskas (Lithuania), Zahra Poonawala (Switzerland), Žilvinas Landzbergas (Lithuania), Krõõt Juurak (Estonia), Dainius Liškevičius (Lithuania)

Kęstutis Kuizinas (Lithuania)

Exhibition organized by:
Cesis Art Festival and CAC, Vilnius

Lithuanian and Latvian Ministries of Culture


Vadim Fishkin. Miss Christmas. 2012