Nothing Changes. A Chronicle of Political Life shows works from the Zuzāns Collection, in which Ivars Poikāns illustrates events of 20 years ago featuring well known Latvian politicians. Many of them remain active in political life, enjoying the fruits of the country they shaped. The segment of time that has passed since the making of the exhibited works is an excellent reference point to dispassionately look at the past, at the same time recalling the context of these events.
The popular artist's range of subjects has always revolved around social processes and political trends. Using deforming aesthetics and ironic intonation in his works, the artist draws attention to actions, that, in his opinion, break the norms of ethics and good faith. Poikāns' artistic mission is to represent the critically-minded segment of society. The artist enjoys public trust, being a sort of intermediary between public and private opinion. Poikāns' art resembles philosophical buffoonery – a conversation where everyone is invited to take part.
When Latvia regained independence, a new niche appeared in Ivars Poikāns' art – portraits of his contemporaries – politicians, who were in their peak ca year 2000. It was the time when it became clear that the regained freedom was not enough for the country to flourish. Human nature catapulted to the fore and controversial acts started coming to light.
A chance encounter with artist Ivars Poikāns' illustrations for weekly Domas produced in 2000 is the reason for the exhibition at the Mūkusala Art Salon. The works can be seen as a kind of manifesto that responds to widely-publicised cases of corruption in the political scene.
Ivars Poikāns (1952) studied at Janis Rozentāls Art High School in Riga (1964–1972) and the Department of Painting at the State Art Academy (1975–1976). Poikāns' works are held in the collections of the Latvian National Museum of Art and Museum of the Artists' Union of Latvia, Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection in the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), private collections in Latvia, Sweden, Russia, Germany, USA, Israel, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, as well as in the collection of the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet and elsewhere.
Curator Diāna Barčevska.