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Dzelde Mierkalne (1997) is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in printmaking. Based in Riga, Latvia, she has finished studies in the MA program POST at the Art Academy of Latvia. With great reverence for technique and process, Dzelde aims to overthrow technique-related artistic standards to create something new and find its place in today's context. While reflecting on the existential fears of "world destruction", mortality salience, and death anxiety through the lens of today's post-irony and humour, she likes to play around with the syntheses of drawing and form.

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Education 

2017 - 2021

2013 - 2017

Janis Rozentāls Art School

Art Academy of Latvia, the Department of Graphic Art BA

2021 - 2023

Solo exhibitons

2021

'GALS KLĀT! // END IS NIGH!' DOM gallery, Riga, LV

Group exhibitions 

2023

"EiTiet", 5 Malūnai, Vilnius Academy of Art, LT

"METAHORROR meets METAHUMOUR" part of Vestibule Lethaby Gallery, London, UK

'BDO Young Artists Award'  PILOT, Riga, LV

2022

'HELLPORTS' Gallery 427, Riga, LV

'Pilot LMA x Art Vilnius’21' Kuldiga Art Residencie, LV

'Blue Lagoon House' by Evita Vasiļjeva & Kaspars Groševs; Cesis Contemporary Art Centre, LV

'I came here to be alone. I also came here to be alone' Tallinn Art Hall, EE

'PARAJOKS / METAHUMOUR', Kino Bize, Riga, LV

'Black market 3' Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV

2021

International Contemporary Art Fair ARTVILNIUS, Vilnius, LT

"Lagūna", Vagonu iela, Riga, LV

"Zelts" Andrejs Upitis museum, Riga, LV

2020

"Laimes lācis" Andrejs Upitis museum, Riga, LV

2019

"Black market" Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, LV

Bundesministerium, Sporta 2 Angar, Riga, LV

"GRUZIS" Tallinas ielas kvartāls, Riga, LV

2017

"Ex adyto cordis" Janis Rozentāls Art School graduates exhibition in the old library building, Kr.Barona 14, Riga, LV

2015

"Brīvība" Barricades museum, Riga, LV

"Gaismaskoks. Jauno māksla" Rīgas Mākslas telpa, LV

"Eksperimenti ar staru" Riga Photonics Centre (Baltā nakts, Zinātnieku nakts), LV

"Rainis un Aspazija pēcokupācijas paaudzes acīm" Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

2014

International youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta!, Tallinn, EE

"Eksotiskās klusās dabas" NicePlace Mansards, Riga, LV

Awards 

2016

3rd prize UNESCO centre International Visual Arts Competition 

2nd prize IV International competition of graphic minature

dzelde.mierkalne at gmail dot com

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