Exhibition, Lūznavas Muiža, Lūznava, Latvia, 16.10 - 30.11.2020
The results of our workshop with Marlene Krause in cooperation with the Goethe Institut Riga and Mārtiņš Eņģelis are on display at the beautiful Lūznava Manor!
Agate Lielpētere, Anna Malicka, Jana Ribkina, Jurijs Tatarkins, Katrīna Latve, Kristīne Martinova, Linda Gabarajeva, Linda Ivanova, Mārtiņš Zutis, Pauls Rietums, Renāte Kloviņa, Terēze-Talita Rozenblate, Tonijs Strods, Vivianna Maria Stanislavska from Latvia and Ula Šimulynaitė from Lithuania created comics about new and old myths of Riga. The results are printed by risograph and are also available as a poster book.
Illustration: Terēze-Talita Rozenblate
Book fair, Huashan 1914 Cultural and Creative Industries Park, Taipei, Taiwan, 13.-15.11.2020
Kuš! is very happy to be an invited guest at the Taipei Art Book Fair in Taiwan. Due to the global pandemic, the festival's guests will stay at home and just send their books, which will be on display and for sale at the festival.
Artist talk, Grāmatnīca/ Bārs “Bolderāja”, Riga, 26.09.2020, 8pm
Workshop, Kafijas Garāža, Sigulda, 02.10.2020, 15:00-17:00
Comics workshop led by Eva Vēvere about nature and environmental activism. More info and how to apply here!
Illustration: Mark Antonius Puhkan
Illustration Festival, Hybernská 998/4, 11000 Prague, Czech Republic, 17.-22.09.2020
kuš! is happy to be part of LUSTR 2020! Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we won't be able to be there present ourselves, but we'll have an exhibition there with huge prints of Latvian artists Liāna Mihailova, Pauls Rietums, Anna Vaivare, Oskars Pavlovskis, Mārtiņš Zutis, Anna Malicka, Rebeka Lukošus, Ernests Kļaviņš, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Zane Zlemeša, Kerija Arne, Ingrīda Pičukāne and Vivianna Maria Stanislavska.
Workshop, Goethe-Institut Riga, Riga, 11.-18.07.2020
Marlene Krause leads an online 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.
Event organized in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Riga
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.
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
CANCELLED because of COVID-19, hopefully to be rescheduled to 2021. Stay safe!
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.
Workshop, Riga Art and Media School, Riga, 16.01.2020
On the 16th of January Belgium comic artist and illustrator Ward Zwart held a workshop for Ingrīda Pičukāne's students at the Media Art Department of the Riga Art and Media School.
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.