Līga Spunde

Līga Spunde (b. 1990) is a visual artist based in Riga, Latvia. She presents her works as multimedia installations, intertwining personal stories with deliberate fiction. The interpretations and use of recognisable characters serve as an extension of her personal experiences, tapping into universal truths. The work’s content determines the conception’s physical form leading the artist to use various media and materials in her installations.

She completed her postgraduate studies in the Department of Visual Communication at the Art Academy of Latvia in 2016, her graduation project, The Hike, was named one of the three best projects by graduates of European art academies.

Spunde has participated in various exhibitions and art projects in Latvia and internationally. The most recent have been The Real Show (2022, CAC Brétigny, Paris), My Bitter Sweet Frankenstein Body (2022, Titanik, Turku), Screen Age III: Still Life (2022, Riga Photography Biennial, RMT, Riga), Cybervikings of Mars (2021, 427 Gallery, Riga), The Bambi Project (2021, Kogo Gallery, Tartu), Being Safe Is Scary, Survival Kit 11 (2020, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga), When Hell Is Full, the Dead Will Walk the Earth (2019, Kim? Contemporary art centre, Riga), Melos (2019, Creative Art Space, Arsenāls, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga).




Press and Publications

Interviews with Līga Spunde:
A Strange Reality in Fictionalised Voices. A conversation with Liga Spunde. Echo Gone Wrong, 11.2.2021
Artist Interview with Līga Spunde in De:Formal, 5.4.2020
Artist Interview with Līga Spunde in Swarm Mag, 2.5.2021


Līga Spunde, born in 1990, based in Riga, Latvia.

Education and Internship

2016-2017 Komplot, Internship as a curatorial assistant, Brussels, BE;
2014-2016 Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication MFA, Riga, LV;
2015 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Department of InSitu3, MFA, Antwerp, BE;
2010-2014 Art Academy of Latvia, Department of Visual Communication, BFA, LV;
2007-2010 Janis Rozentals Riga Art School, Department of Multi-media and Photography design, Riga, LV

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Episodes About Not Knowing How It Will Be as a part of the project A STRUCTURE ENVISIONED FOR CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES, Līga Spunde, curated by Maija Rudovska, an online exhibition;
2022 Last Harvest, Līga Spunde and Aleksandrs Breže, Maboca gallery Visuma Centrs 2, Madona, Latvia;
2021 Cybervikings of Mars, Līga Spunde, curated Kaspars Groševs, 427 Gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2020 Informalities as part of the exhibition series Weekly Discovery, Līga Spunde, curated by Rūdolfs Štamers, Uldis Trapencieris and Auguste Petre, Tu Jau Zini Kur, Riga, Latvia;
2019 When Hell Is Full, the Dead Will Walk the Earth, Līga Spunde, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia;
2018 Interlude, Līga Spunde in collaboration with Alvis Misjuns, curated by KVADRIFRONS, Riga Circus, Riga, Latvia;
2017 What’s a Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This / PART I, Līga Spunde, Fotopub, Novo Mesto, Slovenia;
2017 Free French Fries, Līga Spunde, Komplot, Brussels, Belgium;
2017 How a Well-known Local Art Historian Called Me Fat When I Was Nine Years Old, Līga Spunde in collaboration with Klāvs Mellis, curated by Maija Kurševa, Low Gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2016 The Hike, Līga Spunde, RIXC gallery, Riga, Latvia;

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 Decolonial Ecologies, curated by Ieva Astahovska, Riga Art Space, Riga, 2022;
2022 Screen Age III: Still Life, curated by Inga Brūvere and Marie Sjøvold, Riga Photography Biennial 2022, Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia; 
2022 Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, “Tuesday to Friday” gallery, Valencia, Spain;
2022 The Real Show, curated by Agnès Violeau and Céline Poulin, assisted by Ariane Guyon, the CAC Brétigny, Paris, France; 
2022 My Bitter Sweet Frankenstein Body, curated by Šelda Puķīte, Titanic gallery, Turku, Finland;
2021 The Bambi Project, curated by Šelda Puķīte, Kogo Gallery, Tartu, Estonia.
2021 Force(d) Majeure, curated by Zane Onckule, Elīna Drāke and Žanete Liekīte, Hanzas Perons in collaboration with Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia;
2021 The Source of Power, curated by Kaspars Groševs, Noass,Riga, Latvia;
2021 Silver Spring, curated by Agnese Čemme, AG Gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2020 Baltic Young – The Garden of Forking Paths, curated by Nadya Blazhko, the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts in Kaliningrad, organized by the National Center for Contemporary Art, Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad, Russia;
2020 Being Safe Is Scary, SURVIVAL KIT 11, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Zemlika festival, Durbe, Latvia;
2020 Are We There Yet?, curated by Sabīne Vernere, Experimental Art Space of Art Academy Of Latvia PILOT, ArtVilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania; 
2020 Are We There Yet?, curated by Sabīne Vernere, Experimental Art Space of Art Academy Of Latvia PILOT, Riga, Latvia;
2020 Being Safe Is Scary, curated by Katia Krupennikova, SURVIVAL KIT 11, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia;
2020 True Grid, Unanimous Consent, Zurich, Switzerland;
2019 Black market, curated by Kaspars Groševs, Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia;
2019 ISSPPP X + X, ISSP Gallery, Riga, Latvia; 
2019 Kā skan, tā atskan, curated by Marta Trektere, No Moon, New York, USA
2019 The Artist Crisis Center, curated by Ieva Kraule-Kūna and Elīna Vītola, Low Gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2019 Champs-Élysées, curated by Marta Trektere and Kaspars Groševs, 427 gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2019 Melos, curated by Līna Birzaka-Priekule, Arsenals, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia;
2019 ENTER, curated by Evita Goze, Domu kulture Studentski grad, Belgrade Photo Month, Belgrade, Serbia;
2018 Screen Age I: Self-Portrait, curated by Inga Brūvere and Marie Sjovold, Riga Photography Biennial, Rigas Art Space, Riga, Latvia;
2018 Looking Outside, Looking Inside, curated by Alnis Stakle and Arnis Balčus, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils, Latvia;
2017 NNN, curated by Līga Marcinkeviča, Ojārs Pētersons and Maija Kurševa, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia;
2017 Pit stop on the way to dancing with cosmic forces, curated by Marta Barina, Kensington High St, W14 8NZ, London, United Kingdom; 
2017 Blocker, curated by Popper magazine, Alma Gallery, Riga, Latvia;
2017 Start Point prize, Arti et Amiciatae, Amsterdam, Netherlands;
2017 Meet Me at The Metro Station, curated by Romuald Demidenko, Amsterdam, Netherland;
2016 Piezīmes par pašsaprotamām lietām, curated by Helēna Demakova, Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia;
2016 Start Point prize, Prague National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic; 
2016 Estonian Photographic Art Fair, Curated by Rundum, Tallinn, EST
2016 Ancient relics, in collaboration with Jānis Klaučs, curated by Popper magazine, Barcelona, Spain;
2016 Disappearance is a trick, curated by Elaine Tam, Fotopub festival, Novo Mesto, SL
2016 Paintings and Sculptures, curated by Arnis Balčus, Riga Photomonth 2016, Riga, Latvia; 

Prizes and Scholarships

2020 Nominated for the Purvītis Prize with the work There’s No Harm In Any Blessings, Latvia;
2020 Jaunrades veicināšanas stipendija – State Culture Capital Foundation grant for 2020, Latvia;
2017 Portfolio Review Dusseldorf Visitors Award, Germany; 
2016 Start Point Prize, The Honorary mentions of the jury, Czech Republic;
2016 Fotopub Portfolio Prize, Slovenia;
2014 Art grant of patroness Inara Tetereva, Latvia;


2019 Resident at LOW gallery, Riga, Latvia;

Works in Collections

Latvian National Museum of Art, VV Foundation, Signet Bank collection and private collections in Latvia, Estonia and Switzerland.

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Wood, polyurethane rubber, 60 × 117 × 85 cm, 2021
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Wood, bulletproof glass, 27 × 27 × 15 cm, 2021
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Digital drawing 5+2 AP, 57 × 38 cm, 2020
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Digital drawing, 10 + 2 AP, 27 × 27 cm, 2020

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