Survival Kit is an international contemporary art festival that was born in 2009 as a reaction to the changes the economic crisis had brought to Latvia. The festival is organised by the Centre for Contemporary Art as an annual call for artists and spectators to observe, comment and act, focusing their attention on a different subject every year.
In September 2011 The Showroom presented three Communal Knowledge projects at Survival Kit by artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Larry Ahciampong and Emma Smith
These projects have been carried out within the framework of Survival Kit. Art linking society, knowledge and activism with the support of the Culture 2007–2013 programme of the European Union.
Currently living in Lebanon, Abu Hamdan has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. His work deals with the relationship between listening and politics, borders, human rights, testimony and truth, and is in the collections of MoMA New York and Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven.More
London-based artist Achiampong has exhibited and performed in various spaces within the UK and abroad including Tate Britain and Iniva, London, Novas Contemporary Urban Center, Liverpool, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam and Antje oeklesund, Berlin.More