Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo’s work “ZRwhdZ. Riga” included in the final of “Purvīša balva 2021”

We are proud that Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo’s installation “ZRwhdZ. Riga” has been selected for the final of national arts award “Purvīša balva 2021”. The work was made as a national exposition and represented Latvia at the 14th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, where it was awarded for the best curatorial concept of an exhibit. The producer of “ZRwhdZ” is the New Theatre Institute of Latvia (NTIL). In the same year, work by Dzudzilo duo was exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center “kim?” in Riga.

The installation has been characterized by Dzudzilo with following words: “”ZRwhdZ” is like a formula, a definition of scenography. It is like the golden ratio that allows us to advance towards the perfect space. The acronym comes from Richard Wagner’s last opera Parsifal, ‘Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit’, which translates as ‘Here time becomes space’. These two pillars, Time and Space, are the two legs on which scenography moves.

A few years ago on a trip we purchased a pocket-sized music box which easily fitted on a human palm. But a human can also fit into a music box. Something can originate from this contradiction, this ambivalence that contains puerility and the loss thereof. Scenography asks questions because in its processes the world is discovered anew. Please enter the exit!”

“ZRwhdZ” is the work by scenographers and artists Krista and Reņš Dzudzilo, created in collaboration with composer Krists Auznieks, instrument master Aleksandrs Meijers who co-worked with Jānis Liniņš and Kaspars Putriņš, curator Gundega Laiviņa, producers Sandra Lapkovska and Klinta Harju, technical producer Jānis Liniņš, sound engineer Ivars Ozols, “Dekorāciju darbnīca”, the NTIL.

The finalists of the “Purvīša balva 2021” are eight artists and groups of artists, while the prize for lifetime contribution this year will be presented to the painter Maija Tabaka. Nominated artists and authors are mentioned below:

“Skuja Braden” – exhibition “Samsara”, especially highlighting the central part of the exhibition “Ilgas altāris”, at the Museum of Decorative Art and Design;

Valdis Celms – kinetic sculptures “Rhythms of Life” and “Positron” in the exhibition of the 2nd Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art;

Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo – work “ZRwhdZ” at the Contemporary Art Center “kim?”;

Kaspars Groševs – multimedia installation “A Different Room”, which was shown at the art festival “Cēsis 2020”;

Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola – the project “Artists’ Crisis Center” in the two-year period in the gallery “Low” and the Contemporary Art Center “kim?”;

Rasa and Raitis Šmiti – work “Atmospheric Forest” (2017-2020) in the exhibition “Critical Zones – Earth Policy Observatories” organized by the Art and Media Center “ZKM” in Karlsruhe (Germany);

Aija Zariņa – solo exhibition “Wake up, wake up once, the free spirit” in the Dome Hall of Latvian National Museum of Art;

Amanda Ziemele – solo exhibition “Quantum Hair Implants” at the Contemporary Art Center “kim?”.

The exhibition of the works of the candidates of the “Purvīšabalva 2021” will be on view in the Great Hall of the Latvian National Museum of Art from June 4, 2021. The winner of the “Purvīša balva 2021” will be named on June 11. During the exhibition, visitors will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite, which will be announced at the end of the exhibition. The audience vote is organized in cooperation with the portal “Delfi”.