"To My Homeland" is my everyday life while living in the country side.

 

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It is about the summertime when city dwellers spend their vacations while picking berries in the forest. And when they leave,  only the toughest people stay behind in few inhabited houses; they simply cannot live without the vast open space of the countryside.  I am living in one of such houses.

 

 

 This show is about the visual landmarks in the landscape. Hundreds of abandoned houses in the surrounding area are the most common companions while driving to Riga. One day they stand and the next day the roof has collapsed and the pile of black logs are the only visible remains.

 

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To keep memories of these houses I tried to photograph all of the abandoned houses within 20km radius around my home.  The number proved to be so great that I had to narrow the circle down to 15km in radius,  estimating that their number is around 350. Since 2013 I have managed to photograph half of them and still working on completing this strange collection.  This process is some sort of meditation - you choose an unknown rural road and spend the whole day talking only to yourself and  forgotten homes.

 

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This show is about parallel worlds that coexist in the countryside. It is about monday mornings when men line up in the grocery store, buying cheap beers and setting off to the work in the fields or forest. And it is about groups of children in screaming colors awaiting school bus early in the same gray morning.

 

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Sometimes while wandering into the ruins I get sad; the house is built to fulfil dreams and the dreams had been living in these houses. 

Thinking of that, I planted flowers in one of the ruins and filmed sunrises all year long above the "ruin garden" .

 

 

 

 

Publicity:

 

In English:

Review in "Echo gone Wrong" by Santa Remere 

Photo report and an essay by Santa Mičule in "Echo Gone Wrong"

In Latvian: 

Nomination to Purvitis award - Jury verdict

Review from Arterritory 

Review from "Satori" by Stella Pelše 

Review on "Purvitis Award" finalists by Jana Kukaine 

Interview on Latvian Radio "Kulturas Rondo" with And a Buševica (Jan. 2017) 

Interview in "Latvijas Avize" 

Interview by online news agency "Delfi" 

Interview on Latvian radio "Kulturas Rondo" with Laima Slava (Feb. 2017) 

Review on Latvian Radio Klassika by Ieva Lejasmeijere 

Review from newspaper "Diena" by Vilnis Vējš 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits : Vents Āboltiņš, Ivars Drulle 

 

 

 

 

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