Exhibition, Neputns, Tērbatas iela 49/51, Rīga, 06.-27.03.2020
A collection of pencil drawings by Amanda Vähämäki from recurring impressions, city spaces, memories to walks in the woods and dungeons and dreams.
Amanda Vähämäki (born in 1981) is a comic artist and an illustrator living in Helsinki. She studied Painting in Bologna and started to self publish her comics in 2004, initially in Italian. She has been part of the Canicola collective in Italy and Kutikuti in Finland. She has completed four comic books and started and left unfinished numerous ones. But you can find plenty of her comics in anthologies and magazines worldwide.
Workshop, Goethe-Institut Riga, 20.-22.03.2020
Marlene Krause is coming to Riga to lead a comic workshop with the theme "Myths of Riga". Together we'll explore diverse stories of the city and then illustrate them as comics, or invent even new myths. Marlene will give a short introduction to the basics of comics and will show alternatives to the classical page layout, in order to experiment with the form of comics. The best results will after the workshop be printed as riso posters and exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Riga in May.
Full details HERE (application deadline 6 March)
Event organized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Riga
Exhibition, Fumetto, Ductus Galerie, Lucerne, Switzerland, 28.03-05.04.2020
Our special issue š! #37 'Down Down Under' will be exhibited as satelite exhibition at Fumetto. There will be original art on display by the contributing artists. Artists present: Simon Hanselmann and Michael Fikaris. Curated by Michael Fikaris.
Illustration: Simon Hanselmann
Artist talk, Grāmatnīca/ Bārs “Bolderāja”, Riga, 25.02.2020, 7pm
Chika Annen and Pixin Weng are working in Riga throughout February at the kuš! Comics Residency. In this artist talk they willl present their past works and show what they have been doing during their stay in Riga.
Chika Annen, a Japanese artist, works with multiple media depending on conceptual contexts of her projects. As an international artist, standing as an outsider, she explores cultural and personal differences, to make her own brand of languages and stories. Her works draw sensual and intellectual digestion of contexts to explore her interests toward “nonsense” with its application of humour.
Pixin Weng is an artist from Singapore. In her art, Pixin loves to create semi-autobiographical comics and stories that reflect and express her curious nature too. Her debut graphic novel, Sweet Time, published by Drawn and Quarterly will be out in June 2020. Pixin not only draws but also sews, makes comics/tells stories, paints, creates and constructs various objects often involving others in the creative process.
Illustration: Chika Annen
Workshop, ISSP, Berga Bazārs, Marijas iela 13 k-3, Riga, 13.02.2010, 18:30
During the evening Pixin will be sharing the current comic she is working on, that is inspired by figures in her matrilineal line. This comic project was kickstarted by Pixin’s attempt to express tensions with her mother, who had been a difficult and very elusive character in her life.
In the practical workshop, Pixin will invite the participants to engage in a crafty activity that involves thinking of our past and wonder about the individuals who made us, of whom we still embody pieces inside our bodies and minds.
Free entrance, the event will take place in English.
Pixin Weng (or Pix for short) was born in 1983 and grew up in sunny Singapore, listening to stories by her father, who was curious about nature, humans and the relationship between the two. In her art, Pixin loves to create semi-autobiographical comics and stories that reflect and express her curious nature too. Her debut graphic novel, Sweet Time, published by Drawn and Quarterly will be out in June 2020. Pixin not only draws but also sews, makes comics/tells stories, paints, creates and constructs various objects often involving others in the creative process.
Book Launch, Silent Army Storeroom, Collingwood, Australia, 17.01.2020, 6 pm
Our special issue š! #37 'Down Down Under' will be launched with the presence of guest editor Michael Fikaris and many of the local Australian artists! There will also be artwork on display by HTMLflowers.
Artist talk, Grāmatnīca/ Bārs “bolderāja”, Riga, 08.01.2020, 7pm
Ward Zwart will talk about his work, comics and zines, gigposters etc...
He is already the fourth artist in the new kuš! Comics Residency and will spend the month of January in Riga.
Ward Zwart (b. 1985) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. He has been a successful illustrator for newspapers and magazines at home and abroad for quite some time, but always on the small press circuit. Wolven (Wolves) is his debut as a graphic novelist. Currently he's working on his second book.