Ieva Kraule produces sculptural objects often using materials such as ceramics, rubber, metal and stone. Accompanying these objects are short stories, loosely based on fictitious interpretations of historical events and absurd adventures of imaginary characters. Within her work she often refers to themes surrounding fetishism, history, applied arts and architecture of the Soviet era, while tracing origins of both personal and collective aesthetic codes.
During her residency at Gasworks, Ieva will continue to work on an automaton she has created to perform her writing, and over the course of the residency hopes to examine how the relationship between artist and machine could change over time. She will focus not only on its mechanical evolution, but also develop research surrounding what role a robotic slave can have in an artistic practice.
Ieva Kraule is based in Amsterdam where she is currently finishing her MA degree at the Sandberg Institute. Her recent exhibitions include Dancing water (with Kaspars Groshevs), Futura, Prague; The person you are trying to reach is not available (with Aidan Koch), Hester, New York; and Qu'est-ce que ça peut faire tout ça (with Kaspars Groshevs), Shanaynay, Paris. Her work has been included in group shows at 1857, Oslo; HIAP, Helsinki; Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; Art in General, New York; and Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga. Since 2014, she also co-runs a non-commercial gallery 427 in Riga.
Ieva Kraule is the recipient of kim? Residency Award 2017 and is hosted in the Juan Yarur Torres Residency Studio. Her residency represents Latvian culture, marking the opening of the international programme of Latvia’s centennial in the UK. Latvia’s centennial is a noteworthy opportunity to herald Latvia’s contribution to the world, and to advance the international competitiveness of the Latvian state and businesses. The centennial’s international program outside of Latvia is a comprehensive body of activities comprising a cultural, economic and political dimension. By representing Latvian art in Europe, kim?’s accomplished international activity within the cultural programme of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU is further enhanced.