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The opening also features an artist talk by balloonist Tomás Saraceno and a musical performance by Oliver Beer.

Andrejsala. Photo by Elena Kononova. Courtesy Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.

The second edition of the Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA2) opens in Riga, Latvia, on 20 August.

The opening weekend programme features an artist talk by Tomás Saraceno, who recently set records for solar-powered balloon flight, a performance by Latvian classical singers as part of a piece by British sound artist Oliver Beer, and a rock balancing performance by Portland artist Bridget Polk.

Polk will perform daily, balancing stones and rubble found in and around Riga, layering urban and geological histories of the city.

Curated by Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel, the biennial is entitled and suddenly it all blossoms. It is open 20 August-13 September in Andrejsala (Andrew's Island), a former industrial port area on the Daugava River.

Sixty-five artists, among them nine collectives, are taking part, including Ugo Rondinone, Jack Halberstam, and Nina Beier.

The biennial includes a garden planted in collaboration with Vija Enina that will be home to Rondinone's Life Time (2019), a monumental installation by Heinz Frank, and an intervention by Lina Lapelyte. —[O]

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