Dialogue in a Soviet space 2015 - 16
Poetic view at my grandparen'ts relationship in Soviet times in Latvia
The modern man usually associates Soviet times with a circus show, where living people are actors in political and social setting tangle. But for people who lived those times, it was a reality. We see the difference in a rhythm of life and life sense if we compare our self with generation who lived during this mentioned historical period. So what was thinking „Soviet man”? What he was talking about? What was his attitude and opinion towards existing political power? My grandparents self-created representations and historical materials gave me a chance to understand how they both like a Latvian people were affected in their ideology and sense of freedom.
Main part of this project is based on my grandparents letter' archive which was written from 1956 to 1963. These years in a Soviet Union is historically called Khrushchev period.
Letters' archive was 7 year long conversation day after day, and it became like a self-created private world of two young lovers (15 and 17) which helped them to survive in an airless soviet space.
The main objective of this project is to supplement our national identity as a post soviet society threw away it’s own historical materials and to discover Soviet times historical period with its own specific atmosphere and sense.
Visual interpretations are based on citations from grandparents letters archive which are chosen by author depending of my subjective vision. Works are created combining digital prints with different kind of graphic techniques (lino-cut, mixed graphics techniques )
City of York, United Kingdom
35 mm / Lomography
Pictures taken in England, city of York during the period from June till November 2017.