Inga Meldere (b. 1979) lives and works in Helsinki and Riga. Having acquired a BA in Pedagogy at the University of Latvia, she went on to study visual arts at the Art Academy of Latvia, where she graduated from a MA course in 2007. Meldere was later a researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht between 2013 and 2014. She is currently attending a MA program in Painting at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.
Working predominantly with painting as well with installation, Inga Meldere’s unassuming figurative paintings and installations weave together personal and collective memories, humour and melancholy, quotes from art history and vernacular imagery. Meldere's work speaks to an individual sensibility which takes a variety of forms. Her desire to narrate is articulated with care and precision, whether in the form of contextual installations or fake wall paintings. Her paintings evoke expressive short stories where only fragments of a whole are made available to the viewer. Meldere creates poetic moments which oscillate between the past and the present, indicating something unknown or ungraspable which might lie ahead of us.
Inga Meldere’s upcoming projects and exhibitions include: “How Institution Thinks”, developed by De Apple Curatorial Research Fellow Inga Lace, Amsterdam (2016); and "Touch Myself", curated by Jana Kukaine, Exhibition hall Arsenals, National Museum of Latvia, Riga (2016).
Meldere’s recent solo exhibitions include: “Colouring Books”, kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga (2016); “House By the Waterfall or Colouring Books for Adults”, Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2016); “Writers Room”, Museum of Janis Rozentals and Rudolfs Blaumanis, Riga (2015); “Berzkalni”, gallery G12, Helsinki, (2015); “Magic Mountain”, gallery XO, Riga (2014); “Untitled” (together with Oscar Santillan), Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2013); “Enough Is Enough” (together with Mikko Hintz), Temnikova & Kasela gallery, Tallinn (2011); “Offset”, gallery XO, Riga (2011); “Unwritten”, curator Iliana Veinberga, kim? / FK gallery, Riga (2010).
She has participated in various group exhibitions including: “Survivalkit 8 and Social Acupuncture”, Stricka Villa, Riga (2016); “Le Fragole Del Baltico”, Careof, Milan (2015); “Survival K(n)it 7”, LCCA, Riga (2015); “Important contemporary Latvian artists”, National Arts Club, New York, Driehaus Museum, Chicago and Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2012); “Tides of Change. Balticum”, HangART-7, Salzburg (2011); “FAX”, South London Gallery, London (2011); “Mother of Wind”, HFBK gallery, Hamburg (2010); Painting Triennial, CAC, Vilnius (2010).