“Behind the Curtain. Architect Marta Stana,” 2010. Exhibition view at KIM? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga. Photo: Andrejs Strokins
The name “KIM? Contemporary Art Centre” is short for the question “Kas ir maksla?” (which means “What is art?” in Latvian). Through the perspective of this question, KIM? offers a certain range of activities, including monthly exhibitions and other events related to contemporary art, theory, and social issues introduced by means of a local and international corpus of ideas, beliefs, and individuals. KIM? supports the development of emerging artists and curators, aiming to provide a responsive context to their work and to make critical practices accessible to a wider audience.
Since 2010, KIM? has been working on a long-term project: the promotion and publication of a specific range of essays and texts on contemporary art, art theory, and criticism, as well as selected translations. Since 2009, KIM? has organized more than fifty exhibitions by local and international artists, and has started offering lectures, film screenings, workshops, and performances on a regular basis. KIM? curates exhibitions and programs of related events, in collaboration with guest curators and partner organizations.