Solo Show at the Alma Gallery
"Based On True Stories" , 2011
"My Neighbor Sirmbardis"
Watch parts, wood, nylon line, plywod, spray paint, cd player, speakers. Sound loop 3:25 min.
2010 – 2011
Listen, my neighbor Sirmbardis told me once, do you know of anyone who could be interested into a collection of old watches? I shrug my shoulders wondering how on Earth he had acquired them.
It appeared that Sirmbardis, my neighbor in the country side – a worker at the collective farm during the Soviet times for many years at home had worked also as a watch repair man.
The most amazing thing was that he had only three full fingers left, most likely due to the alcohol related accidents at work.
Stodent, spray paint, plywood, lights
" Temptation of the Riga City Councilman Smits"
Stodent, spray paint, plywood, velvet, lights.
75 x 45 x 40 cm (30" x 18" x 16")
LETA News Agency, December 9. 2009
While estimating a project of the next year's budget for the department of education, culture and sports, at the meeting
of Riga Council committee of education, culture and sports, Smits paid attention to the fact that 1000 lats (~USD 2000)
are planned to be spent on the traditional event of the Log Pulling in Riga city old town on December 21st.
Smits called for the end of „practicing the occultism“ and to divert the means to other needs, pointing out that Collegium board of the Christian Parishes
objected to such a „pagan tradition“ as well. Councilman pointed out that Latvians have several good traditions but
the Log Pulling can be considered a „similar tradition to Liv piracy“.
„Let’s stop once and for all pursuing pagan traditions and putting a spell on ourselves“,
several months ago at the committee meeting said Smits. Councilman called to give up the Log Pulling because „ by doing
that we have dragged ourselves to where we are right now“.
"Trial Of Herberts Cukurs"
Stodent, plastic, spray paint, plywood, velvet, lights, print
80 x 45 x 45 cm (31.5" x 18" x 18")
1965 saw killing of one of the most famous men in Latvia – inventor, constructor, aviator and explorer
who unparalleled flights to Gambia and Tokyo during the first independency of Latvia using the plane of his own construction.
His achievements are written down into the history book of world aviation.
„Let me speak, let me speak!“ are some of the last words Herberts Cukurs managed to say before Mossad, the Israeli secret service,
caried out the death penalty. He received a hit of the sledgehammer to his head followed by several bullets into his brain.
Cukurs was found three days later in a locked crate. It contained a note, „Those, who never forget.“
Mossad agents enticed the defendant into a rented house and waited for him dressed solely in underwear – so that the clothes don’t get dirty.
During the Nazi occupation Cukurs was affiliated with the notorious Arajs brigade which was involved into mass killing of the Jewish population.
He was blamed for taking part in the annihilation of some 30.000 Jews but there are contradictory views
to what extent these testimonies are credible.
There are beliefs that he was one of the most active liquidators along with beliefs that he has never made a shot.