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  1. Installation views, ISSP gallery, Riga, Latvia, 2018

    Installation views, ISSP gallery, Riga, Latvia, 2018

    Installation views, ISSP gallery, Riga, Latvia, 2018

    Installation views, ISSP gallery, Riga, Latvia, 2018

    For mum, 2018  

    For mum, 2018

     

    For my cousin, 2018  

    For my cousin, 2018

     

    For my cousin, 2018

    For my cousin, 2018

    For my cousin, 2018

    For my cousin, 2018

    For dad, 2018  

    For dad, 2018

     

    For my aunt, 2018  

    For my aunt, 2018

     

    For grandma, 2018

    For grandma, 2018

    For grandma, 2018  

    For grandma, 2018

     

    For grandma, 2018

    For grandma, 2018

    Knowing that I have been studying photography for more than a decade, sometimes my father asks whether I could take a panorama photographof Riga for his living room wall. Usually I decline, saying that’s not really what I do. Once, I planned to give a photo to my grandmother as a gift, but my mother placed it in a silver frame. I was angry, but my mother answered that grandma would like it. In the exhibition “Commissions” I finally decided to fulfil my family’s wishes. Meanwhile, my relatives have agreed to live for two months with empty walls, bringing images from their homesto take part in the exhibition.

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    For mum, 2018

    While I was studying in Ghent, mum asked me to take a picture of a window of a medieval building. My mum is a long-distance truck driver and often passed through Ghent for work, visiting me at the same time.

    For my cousin, 2018

    My cousin was the only one who wanted something from my existing work. Since I had already sold that specific photograph, I made a remake of it for him.

    For dad, 2018

    Dad had been asking me for years to take a panoramic photo of Old Riga for his living room wall. He wanted two bridges — Akmens and Vanšu — to be seen in the photo.

    For my aunt, 2018

    My aunt has been practicing yoga several times a week for thirteen years. She asked me for a photo session — “Let’s do it while I can still make it!”

    For grandma, 2018

    At first my grandma didn’t really want anything, saying that she already has some photographs of mine. Then we agreed on a picture of the sunset at Kursīši, where she had a summer cottage for many years. For a few years, I travelled to Kursīši in the summer to take a sunset photograph she would be happy with. But I failed — one was too unsettling, another — too “cold and metallic”. Finally she announced that she no longer wants a photograph of a sunset, since for her it symbolizes the conclusion of life’s journey. She asked me to simply print on canvas a picture of the house at Kursīši she had taken herself. Two years ago she had to sell the house.