Exhibition of drawings by the European group of artists ‘’Akroma’’
ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall
Claude Hassan. Akroma Wall. Paris, 2017. Publicity photo
Exhibition of drawings by the European group of artists “Akroma will be on view in the Creative Studio of the ARSENĀLS Exhibition Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Torņa iela 1, 2nd floor) from 9 February to 11 March 2018.
Akroma is an artist’s collective composed of approximately fifty European artists working in a wide variety of media - painters, sculptors, video and installation artists, printmakers, graphic artists, performers, sound-makers.
What has brought us together is our connection to DRAWING - drawing in all its forms and expressions, drawing as a finished work or as a part of a process, as language or texture. The aim of Akroma is to promote the practice of drawing and the exploration taking place in Europe, and to think collectively about it’s realisation and exhibition.
To organize their ideas, artists often start projects by drawing. It is a way of fixing an idea, kick-starting the creative thinking and the personal research. For some artists, drawing is investigatory, a first thought, a stage in their process, something rarely shown, for other artists it represents their primary and sole mode of practice. The purpose of Akroma is to put those different drawings together, face to face, side by side in a concentrated space.
The exhibition at the Drawing Museum of Laholm in Sweden in 2015 included a group of American artists. For the collective set up in January 2016 Madlen Herrström the Swedish-French artist and curator has decided to concentrate on projects with the European artists only. The Latvian artist Barbara Gaile is co-curating with her for the show in the Museum Arsenals of Contemporary Art of Riga in the Creative Studio. Some Latvian artists are invited to participate in the project as well.
The widening of the initial project allows for the exploration of the immense variety of contemporary drawing practice currently taking place in EUROPE. It draws together and makes closer connections between artists who have experience of different cultures, languages and contexts and who are divided by location. Akroma wants to create and foster links between different European artists, and also between artists with diverse practices. Akroma is dedicated to creating exhibitions that are flexible, time and cost efficient. As a collective it functions as a non-hierarchic, fluid group of practitioners.
Akroma is focusing on working on simple parameters as it’s basis. Thus, having mobility with our works, and the aim of using our energies, ideas, and connections together.
Madlēna Herstrēma (Madlen Herrström), Barbara Gaile