Ongoing & upcoming exhibitions

Brussels, Belgium
12|03 - 08|05

This is how a sentence could look like, or illustration of thought
Zane Mellupe, 2015

On the occasion of its latest group exhibition,'1000 Apertures & 1 Visage', ifa gallery proposes a panorama of artworks in which are evoked various symbols of “passage”, a subject that has inspired many artists throughout the ages.

From the geometric structures of the Gao Brothers’ photography works, to the surrealist installations of Wu Junyong, the metaphorical ink paintings of Dai Guangyu or the enigmatic pieces of Zane Mellupe, the theme of passage is subject to a rich symbolic language, including revelation of a new world and of knowledge. In this exhibition, in contrast to one thousand apertures, just one face: the self-portrait of a young man of frail physical aspect, penetrating stare and neglected beard. A bunch of keys around his neck, does he hold access to another world?

1000 Apertures & 1 Visage
Group Exhibition, ifa Gallery
Vernissage Preview: 11th March
Public Exhibition: 12th March to 8th May
Thursday through Sundays 10am to 7pm
Rue des Renards / Vossenstraat 28
1000 Bruxelles / Brussels, Belgium
Entrance Free

Shanghai, China
30|06 - 07|08

Appointment at 3pm
Zane Mellupe, 2016

With her solo exhibition Entropy: Sending out an application for an N-sum, Zane Mellupe continues her exploration into the materiality of the medium, specifically photography, at 1933 Contemporary.

Within the material world we inhabit, nothing is really as static as it’s surface impression belies. Energy transforms between objects, the diversification of material forms patterned in obeisance to the conservation of energy. We can only imagine the complexity of the human mind as it offers not just one, but two or more solutions to perceived problems.

Zane's interests lie in the dynamic struggle between image and language, between the subjectivity of her personal anxiety facing multiple role-plays in family and society, and the objectivity of her chosen medium. In today’s world, one flooded with imagery, pictures have transformed their role from being merely that of storyteller to actual story itself. Pictures have become our heightened reality as the world dissolves into a simulacrum. That is why we must ask ourselves repeatedly, what is it that we are seeing? Alberto Mangual believes that, through the way we read pictures, every picture brings us a new way of looking at the world. Like an image in a kaleidoscope, every rotation brings a new view and a new world opens to n-sum explanations.

Entropy: Sending out an application for an N-sum
Solo Exhibition, 1933 Contemporary
Vernissage Preview: 30th June
Public Exhibition: 1st July to 7th August
Wednesday through Sundays, 10am to 5.30pm
Unit 1-311, 1933 Shanghai
611 Liyang Road
Shanghai, China
Entrance Free

Riga, Latvia
22|04 - 12|06

Zane Mellupe, 2013

'Restart', the major exhibition of the Riga Photography Biennial 2016, will open to the public at Riga Art Space on 22 April, featuring work by eighteen internationally recognised artists searching for a connection between the past and the present.

The main idea behind this exhibition can be described as a desire to deepen our understanding of the world we currently live in by highlighting its dialectic relationship with the past and the future. We can all but fantasize whether the future influences today, whilst attempting to guess what will be the shape of our future memories?

Until 12 June Rigans and many guests to the capital will be able to appreciate the work of following artists: Amalia Ulman (USA), Agniezska Polska (PL/NL) and Witek Orski (PL), Eva Stenram (SE/UK), Natasha Caruana (UK), Isabelle Wenzel (DE), Alexander Ugay (KZ), Camille Laurelli (FR/EE), Zane Mellupe (LV/CN), Meggy Rustamova (GE/BE), Danila Tkachenko (RU), Jana Romanova (RU), Laura Prikule (LV), Karoliina Paappa (FI), Katinka Goldberg (SE/NO), Paul Herbst (LT/DE), Arnas Anskaitis (LT) and Uldis Briedis (LV).

Riga Art Space
Vernissage Preview: 22nd April
Public Exhibition: 22nd April to 12th June
Tuesdays through Sundays, 11am to 6pm
Kungu iela 3
Riga, Latvia
Entrance Free