Katrīna Neiburga

Elīna Sproģe

A book about Katrīna Neiburga by the future art historian Elīna Sproģe is published in the series STUDIJA Library”. The book is released almost simultaneously with the opening of the Venice Biennale where Latvia is represented by Katrīna Neiburga and Andris Eglītis.

I have been the founder of a tea mushroom growers’ association, a taxi driver, documentary cinematographer, singer, stage designer, shoe saleswoman, and I’ve never been bored. Yet for some reason people call me an artist. This time I’ ll try to embrace this role.

Katrīna Neiburga
Katrīna Neiburga

Katrīna Neiburga (1978) is one of the most outstanding artists of Latvian contemporary art. She has received several significant awards (among them the Purvītis Prize – the premier Latvian national art award) and nominations, and has participated in exhibitions in Europe and elsewhere in the world. “Katrīna Neiburga’s art is driven by a yearning for emotion, realness and the preservation of living memory.

It is poetry that operates at the level of perception and feeling – bared, imbued with truth, soulful and beautiful. One of Katrīna’s chief means of expression is a deeply personal iconography: it is ever present in her video installations shown in exhibition halls as well as on stage.

A constant feature of the artist’s works is an inexhaustible ability and wish to delve beneath the surface, pinning down the common or timeless elements in people’s relationships, and also in their attitude to the past and towards themselves.” (Elīna Sproģe)

Katrīna Neiburga has earned her MA degree in visual communication at the Art Academy of Latvia; she has also studied at the Stockholm Royal Institute of Art. She entered the Latvian art scene in 2000 with videos and installations and since then has taken part in various group exhibitions, including the Sidney Biennale in Australia (2006) and exhibition of the nominees of the prestigious Scandinavian Ars Fennica Prize at the Kumu Contemporary Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia (2009). She has held solo exhibitions in Helsinki, Budapest and Riga.

For more than ten years Neiburga has been creating installations, light and video projections, set design and video for opera and theatre performances as well as concerts.

Katrīna Neiburga

Elīna Sproģe is studying history of art at the Art Academy of Latvia while also working at Alma Gallery in Riga. In 2013 she won the Ināra Tetereva art scholarship. She has been contributing articles to the art websites and since 2012 and is also the author of “Brekte”, a catalogue of works by artist Kristians Brekte (published by Neputns in 2014).

“STUDIJA Library” is a series of books providing a comprehensive insight into the Latvian art scene of the turn of the 21st century. Each book includes a basic text, an interview, a selection of images as well as full translation into English. The first book of the series was published in 2008.

Katrīna Neiburga

In Latvian and English
Artist: Dita Pence
144 pp., paperback, ISBN 978-9934-512-53-7

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