“It is an imagined community, because the members of even the smallest nation will never know most of their fellow members, meet them or even hear of them, yet in the minds of each lives the image of their communion.”
(Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities)
Through this notion I try to examine the local community, that has absorbed into it individuals from many different cultures, which try to emerge into a new homogeneous culture.
In my work I deal with questions of identity and belonging, using my mother’s figure who arrived here from Latvia as a teenager.
The project is engaged in dismantling the allegedly local culture while emphasizing its inner tension which derives from its heterogeneity.
The Images and the character in the project challenge what we would expect to meet in relation to this culture.
Song books which present local heroes from a distant land, housing complexes that undermines the difference between what is local and what is universal. along video works which present performative acts of an individual in a community, facing rituals which indicate towards the local culture. Video works which almost present national identity as a performative act.