At 4 p.m. on Friday 13 March at Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, after a fortnight of intensive studio work, a team of international graphic artists who participated in the 9th International Latgale Graphic Art Symposium will present a group exhibition of their work.
The International Latgale Graphic Art Symposium has developed into a fine tradition that draws graphic artists to Daugavpils. Having become a meeting place, a discussion forum and stimulating creative environment in the cultural landscape of Latgale, it attracts Latvian and international graphic artists with similar and opposing views on the use of their preferred medium to create a shared story of the present, highlighting the things that matter here and now, especially those that may appear matter-of-fact and slip under the radar in the hectic rhythm of today.
The symposium has had a specific thematic emphasis, focusing on the city of Daugavpils and its surroundings and inviting the artists to capture the unique atmosphere of Daugavpils Fortress. The 2020 symposium brought together ten outstanding graphic artists from nine countries: Víctor Manuel Hernández Castillo (Mexico), Irena Lawruszko (Ukraine), Piotr Skowron (Poland), Imants Haņeckis (Latvia), Elisa Pellizzari (Italy), Jevgenija Jones (Lithuania), Lorenzo Davitti (Italy), Kalli Kalde (Estonia), Ioannis Anastasiou (Greece) and Elizabeth Rose (USA).
The symposium enabled these artists to observe Daugavpils and reflect on their experiences here, meet with local artists in workshops and presentations, and exhibit their own creative outputs in techniques such as letterpress, intaglio and flat print. Through all these means, participants of the symposium created mementos of the present for the history of the future.
The exhibition is on display until 12 April 2020.
Admission to the opening ceremony is free of charge.