A book about Krišs Salmanis by Santa Mičule is published in the series “STUDIJA Library”.
The book can be regarded as “a modest attempt at examining the situations encountered in Salmanis’ works and to analyse the methods he uses to explore them through his characteristic forms of artistic expression”.
Krišs Salmanis has become one of the leading personalities in Latvian art over a fairly short period of time. His works and solo exhibitions are much anticipated and widely discussed. Salmanis has also achieved recognition and high praise abroad, where he has been invited to organize solo exhibitions, take part in group shows and residencies. Salmanis graduated from the Visual Communications Department of the Art Academy of Latvia in 2003, and he belongs to the semi-official, so-called “viscom” art movement. Salmanis also studied media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and has studied at the Latvian Christian Academy. Salmanis has participated in exhibitions since 1996. Together with Kaspars Podnieks, he created the Latvian pavilion “North by Northeast” for the 55th International Venice Art Biennale, while together with his sister Anna Salmane and composer Kristaps Pētersons, he received the most illustrious art prize in Latvia in February 2017 – the Purvītis Prize, for the exhibition “Song”.
Santa Mičule is an art historian and critic. Mičule regularly publishes articles dedicated to contemporary visual culture in Latvian and European cultural media. Currently Mičule is enrolled in the Art History PhD programme at the Art Academy of Latvia, she also works as one of the editors of Echo Gone Wrong, the internet magazine for Baltic contemporary art.