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Ieva Epnere. The Green Land
September 4 – October 3, 2010

“The Green Land” tells a story about time, past and present, which has changed a certain town, once very active and lively place. This town is Vaiņode – a childhood place of the photographer, Ieva Epnere, where artist used to spend 3 summer months each year.
Vaiņode is a place of a diverse and interesting history; once it has been a place of the zeppelin hangars, which are now known as pavillions of the Riga Centram market. During the Soviet time, in Vaiņode there was a strategic military airport, railway station, which was in use till the 1997, and which now seems to have fallen asleep for an uncertain time.
Places, where once families of the military persons used to live, now has turned into green meadows. Work with "The Green Land” is a kind of a "vision training". It is not longing for the past times, rather a way to search for the miracles in our present, in our daily life. Accent in this exhibition falls on landscape and on portrait of a human in landscape. Ieva Epnere is interested in grasping and revealing the atmosphere and the mood, which now covers Vaiņode town.
This series of photography is a journey in time, when a personal experience of the artist, summers of her childhood spent in Vaiņode, is now being transformed through certain social processes in the society. It is not a world seen through the eyes of a child - it is a reality.

Exhibition supported by: Epson, FineArtPrint, GroGlass, Vaiņode Municipality.
Exhibited works are printed by with Epson SP7900 on Epson Traditional Photo paper.


Ieva Epnere. From the series The Green Land.
© Ieva Epnere


Reinis Hofmanis. Sale
October 8 – 31, 2010

In the series Sale Reinis Hofmanis collects Latvian countryside landscapes that all are joined by the ubiquitous label “For sale”.  As this is a common sight in Latvian countryside during the time of economical crisis, this collection of landscapes present not only pictorial values but also a realistic portrait of our times.
Reinis Hofmanis (1985) is a photographer and graphic designer. He has graduated from the Department of Visual Communication at the Latvian Academy of Art (2009), and besides he has studied in the Department of photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover (2007). Reinis Hofmanis gained his first recognition in 2009 after showing his series Model. Art critic Maija Rudovska noted that “Reinis has created his series Model sensitively, discretely and reverently. (..) We can also feel that Reinis has gone further than the traditional “model – object” association, that we usually observe in studio works by artists” (Rudovska, M. Reinis Hofmanis. Between Documental and Staged Photography. Foto Kvartāls, No. 6(26), 2009, p. 93).

Exhibition supported by: SIA "Alfor"


Reinis Hofmanis. Medemciems. 2010. From the series Sale
© Reinis Hofmanis