Zane Onckule (b. 1982, Latvia) is a curator and from 2010-2017 was a Programme Director and Curator at Kim? Contemporary Art Centre in Riga. She has organized, curated and co-curated exhibitions, parallel programming as well as edited publications and other corresponding materials in collaboration with artists, curators and theoreticians. She was co-commissioner of 13.Baltic Triennial in 2018 (curated by Vincent Honore) and a co-commissioner of Latvian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale organized in partnership with Art in General (New York). She has curated solo shows by Rodrigo Hernandez at Kim? (March, 2017); Ieva Epnere at Art in General, New York and Kim? (September/December, 2017); Alexandra Zukerman at The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga (February, 2016); Ulla von Brandenburg at Kim?, Riga, (May, 2015); Ola Vasiljeva at Art in General, New York (January, 2014), and group exhibitions Tobias Kaspar’s THE ESTATE, Salacgrīva, Latvia (August, 2019); Balticana, Hessel Museum of Art, NY (April, 2019); Le Fragole del Baltico (together with Simone Menegoi) at CareOf, Milan (July, 2015); Vortex, group show at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (May, 2014); Little Vera, a duo exhibition by Sanya Kantarovsky and Ella Kruglyanskaya at Kim?, Riga (June, 2014). She studied Art History at The Art Academy of Latvia, Communication Science at University of Latvia and Photography at Zurich University of Arts, and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Banking Institution of Higher Education in Latvia. In May 2019 she graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is interested in the modes of language, writing, production, and notion of retreat, all seen through the questioning the conditions of visual art practices.
New York–based curator Zane Onckule (born 1982, Latvia), curator of the thesis exhibition Balticana that was on view at the Hessel Museum of Art in the spring of 2019, reflects upon geopolitical, cultural, and (visual) identity/ies across the present-day Baltics.