VIKA EKSTA (1987) is a visual artist and teacher. Vika creates her art projects using photography, moving image, performance, and research of audiovisual archives. Since 2014 she has participated in exhibitions in Latvia as well as abroad. Her work is included in the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvian Museum of Photography, and private collections. Vika's work was distinguished by several awards including ADC Young Guns Award, Latvian Museums year award,  Riga Photography biennial Award for Baltic Photographers, etc.

Selected solo shows

Emoji poetry – Rainas un Aspazijas muzejs, Rīga, 2019

“P.” - ALMA gallery, Riga, 2019

“Vitol's archaeology” - Valmiera city museum, 2018

“Devils lake” - ISSP gallery (Riga) and KKKC gallery (Klaipeda), 2018

"Moving photography" - historical collection of Latvian Museum of Photography, 2017

“Snakes and Ladders” - www.anmgallery.com, 2017

“Dievs Daba Darbs” - Kaunas photography gallery, Lithuania, 2016

selected group shows

Difficult pasts. Connected worlds, Latvian National Museum of Art, 2020

33 - video performance made for Riga Photomonth, 2020

What even – concert hall “The Great Amber”, Liepāja, 2019

Belgrade Photo-month – Belgrade, Serbia, 2019

“Life and poetry of Eugene Bergs” - kim?, Riga, 2019

MELOS – Arsenals exhibition hall of Latvian National museum of art, Riga, 2019

New East Photo Prize – Calvert 22 gallery, London, 2018

Shaping desired futures – published by BOZAR, Brussels, 2018

Your received 1243 messages – Latvian National museum of art, 2017

Einaugiger Zuschauer – Performance fur die Kamera, Galerie GEDOK, Munich

Photobook “Dievs Daba Darbs”, Kassels Photobook festival dummy award, 2017

NEU NOW interdisciplinary art festival, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, 2016

Riga Photography Biennial, “Seeking latest in photography”, Riga, 2016

CIRCULATIONS Photography Festival, Paris, 2016

Contemporary Baltic Photography, group show in Bratislava Photomonth,

Pingyao photo festival, China, 2015

Dievs Daba Darbs - solo show at Ziemeļblazma art space, 2015

residencies

Artist in Residency at LOW gallery, Riga, Latvia, 2020

Artist in Residency at RUCKA art centre, Cesis, Latvia, 2020

Aritst in Residency at Riga Circus, Riga, Latvia, 2019

Residency program "Trauma and Revival: Contemporary encounters", 2017 Moscow - Biella (IT) - Krakow

Artist in Residency at Townhouse gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2016

teaching experience

Currently: teacher of photography for youngsters at the Photostudio of the centre of technical creativity  Annas 2 and teacher at the ISSP school 2 years course of contemporary photography Since 2014 has been teaching courses and workshops on topics dealing with photography and creativity in collaboration with organizations such as International Summer School of Photography (ISSP), Latvian Centre for Contemporary art, Latvian Association of Art Therapists, Riga Photography Biennial, World Film Festival etc.

education

2015 Master of Contemporary photography and personal projects, EFTI, Madrid, awarded by Roberto Villagraz scholarship 
2013 – 2015 MA with distinction from Latvian Art Academy, department of Visual Communication 
2006 - 2010 BA in film history and theory from Latvian Academy of Cultur

CONTACT

ekstavika@gmail.com  / +371 20586911

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