Jury member of Latvian Design Award 2018 — Kaspars Vanags
Kaspars Vanags is an art curator and theoretician, and Head of Arts Programmes at the ABLV Charitable Foundation.
In the mid-1990s, in collaboration with like-minded cultural practitioners, he founded the creative group Open, which organised major interdisciplinary events, fostering collaboration between practitioners in visual arts, electronic music, new media art and literature. As a curator, he has devised projects casting art in the role of a critical social platform, tackling or creating alternatives to the culture of consumerist: Slideplays (1998), Subversion in the City (2000) and T-Shroom (2002). He subsequently turned his attention to studying art history and obtained a Master’s degree in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In 2015, he was the Curator of the Latvian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Art Biennale, which showcased Armpit, a work by Katrīna Neiburga and Andris Eglītis. His latest exhibitions in Latvia are Slash: In Between the Normative and Fantasy (2015) at kim? Contemporary Art Centre (2015) and You’ve Got 1243 Unread Messages. The Last Generation Before the Internet. Their Lives at the Latvian National Museum of Art (2017). Since 2015, he has been the Head of Arts Programmes at the ABLV Charitable Foundation and is leading the development of the creative concept for the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art.
“The tired old phrase about form following function needs a new design.”