Daiga Grantina

Daiga Grantina (b. 1985, Saldus) is an artist based in Paris. Grantina creates large-scale sculptural assemblages that emulate the natural world, often resembling terrariums and vegetation. Her laboured configurations employ synthetic materials and incorporate conflicting physical qualities: soft and hard, transparent and opaque, mobile and static, strong and weak. Grantina’s material gestures resonate with the structural shifts of organisms and environments, navigating relations of volume and form at the point where microscopic and macroscopic overlap and intersect. Her abstract vocabulary borrows from bodies and landscapes to explore indescribable matter; a plastic investigation of the formless and misshapen. These sculptures investigate the encounters between materials and their consequent relationships of dissonance and consonance, engendering an exercise in expanded vision for the viewer. Intuitively concocted forms both self-consume and self-produce, creating a continuous development of a shared idea and tension as the hierarchies of perception find themselves continually rearranged.

Grantina studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (2009 - 2020) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg (2005 – 2012). 

Solo exhibitions include an upcoming exhibition at Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (2025); ‘Four Sides of a Shadow’, Z33, Hasselt (2024); ‘Constellations’ (with Monika Sosnowska), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (2024); Frieze London, Emalin, London (2022); ‘Lauka Telpa’, Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga (2022);‘Moth Mothers’, Palace Enterprise, Copenhagen (2022); ‘Learning From Feathers’, Liebaert Projects, Kortrijk (2021); ‘Atem, Lehm “Fiato, Argilla”’, GAMeC, Bergamo (2021); ‘Temples’, Emalin, London (2021); ‘What Eats Around Itself’, New Museum, New York (2020); ‘Saules Suns’, Latvian Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice (2019); ‘Toll’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); ‘Jardin des Pommes’, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2018); ‘So Sun dog harena’, CAPRI-Raum, Düsseldorf (2017); ‘Pillars Sliding off Coat-ee’, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg (2017); ‘KUB Billboards’, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2016); ‘Flight Devidoor’, Autocorrect, Vienna (2016); ‘Heap-Core,,,’ Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (2016); ‘Basinger Beige’, 83 Pitt Street, New York (2016); ‘Grotto from Glammar’, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2016); ‘LFL’, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca (2016); ‘The Mountain Guide’, Mathew Gallery, Berlin (2015); ‘Legal Beast Language’, Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2014); ‘Mouth Harness’, ba&d, Düsseldorf (2014); ‘scity-ox-tails’, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (2013); ‘FUSE, FUSE (Diana at her Bath)’, NAK Neuer Aachen Kunstverein, Aachen (2012); ‘Strange Overtones’, Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart (2010).

Her works have been featured in group exhibitions at Kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga (2023); Sainsbury Centre, Norwich (2023); Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen (2023); Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga (2023); Frac Grand Large in partnership with ADIAF, Dunkirk (2023); X Museum, Beijing (2022); National Gallery Prague, Prague (2021); Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris (2021); Loggia, Vienna (2021); Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern (2020); Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Busan (2020); bbk Brandenburg, Potsdam (2020); David Zwirner (online), Paris (2020); Emalin, London (2020); Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (2019); La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2019); Lustwarande, Tilburg (2019); Phillips, Paris (2019); Lustwarande, Tilburg (2019); Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe (2019); MO MUSEUM, Vilnius (2019); Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris (2019); Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Musée d’Orsay, Paris (2018); Platform L, Seoul (2018); La Panacée, Montpellier (2018); Villa Vassilieff, Paris (2018); MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (2017); Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz (2017); Galerie Gregor Steiger x Emalin, London (2017); Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2016); Galerija Alma, Riga (2016); DOC!, Paris (2016); Campoli Presti, London (2015); Mathew Gallery, New York (2015); Sandy Brown, Berlin (2015); HESTER, New York (2015);Märkisches Museum, Witten (2014); FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkirk (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); Villa Béatrix, Anglet (2013); Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln (2013); Golem Hamburg, Hamburg (2013).

Daiga Grantina is represented by Emalin and Galerie Joseph Tang. 

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