I (too) am a Latvian

The tumultuous historical events of the 20th century ant the new economic opportunities of the 21th century have led hundreds of thousands of Latvians to leave their native country, and to establish new lives abroad. Living outside of Latvia, being Latvian becomes a choice. The exhibitions seeks to answer the question - what does it mean to be a Latvian while living abroad?

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Latvians are a diverse crowd. Especially when living in different environments, countries, continents. The challenge for the exhibition was to reveal the multeity within Latvian diaspora - a community formed by personalities.
Photo: R. Kārkls

Latvians are a diverse crowd. Especially when living in different environments, countries, continents. The challenge for the exhibition was to reveal the multeity within Latvian diaspora - a community formed by personalities. Photo: R. Kārkls

Latvians are a diverse crowd. Especially when living in different environments, countries, continents. The challenge for the exhibition was to reveal the multeity within Latvian diaspora - a community formed by personalities. Photo: R. Kārkls

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For the exhibition we created a "crowd" of around 100 elements - each with it's own individual character, that could communicate the rich cultural variety of the Latvian diaspora.

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The exhibition is planned to be displayed in different cities around Latvia, therefore a precondition for the design was to ensure the mobility. Exhibition elements are based upon the size of standard plywood board to facilitate efficient transportation. The elements are fixed together in right angles to create stable, three dimensional structures without excess material or superfluous details that could distract the viewer's experience. Each panel is cut in a shape that corresponds to one of the 4 themes of the exhibition thus signaling of the content of the exhibit.

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Project data

Type: Exhibition architecture
Location: LNB, Riga
Curator: Latvians Abroad - museum and research centre
Architecture: GAISS (Kārlis Melzobs, Arnita Melzoba)
Graphic design: Associates, Partners et Sons
Timeline: 2018
Status: Built
Photography: Ansis Starks