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Two “Rainis”

Two “Rainis”, bronze

Set up near Latvijas Nacionālā bibliotēka / National Library of Latvia

Sculpture work is made up of two identical sculptures of different size – one and three meters in height – along with ten meters of seating space in between. The character depicted in sculptures represents the same person Rainis, a renown Latvian poet, playwright, translator and politician – an enthusiast in strengthening Latvian identity.

The work points to the transformation that education and individual growth brings while the seating space in between emphasizes this process as an upward straight lane – growth in time and space.

The artwork was produced with the support of the Fund “Art Needs Space” , the Zuzāns family, Guntis Rāvis and cooperation with the Latvian National library.

Photo: Reinis Hofmanis

 

Solo Exhibition “Touch” 2018

 

Theme of the exhibition is the story of a Latvian girl who has gone to Britain, accepted Islam and got married. The two sculptures both represent the moment when a young woman participates in a party in Ziepniekkalns (area in Riga) two years before departure to Britain. One sculpture is the representation of the woman herself while the other talks of the woman’s experience.

The artists here attends to the Western person – scared of the scope of freedom and far too many choices. His response is an escape within a system that strictly determines and regulates one’s way of life. Through the sculptures artist illustrates the critical point, the fracture that represents an extreme tension of the structure, followed by radical change.

 

Photo: Reinis Hofmanis