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A SENSE OF PLACE
Alnis Stakle: from the series Not Even Something

A SENSE OF PLACE

Contemporary Latvian Photography

Arnis Balčus » Reinis Hofmanis » Alnis Stakle »

Exhibition: – 10 Nov 2013

Thu 17 Oct 19:00

Ausstellungshalle

Schulstr. 1a
60594 Frankfurt (Main)

AusstellungsHalle

Schulstr. 1a
60594 Frankfurt (Main)

069-96200188


www.ausstellungshalle.info/

Thu-Sun 12-18

A SENSE OF PLACE
Arnis Balcus: Rezekne, 2012, from the series Latvian Notes

A SENSE OF PLACE: Contemporary Latvian Photography
Arnis Balcus / Reinis Hofmanis / Alnis Stakle


Exhibition: 17 October – 10 November 2013
Vernissage: 17 October, 19.00

Three contemporary Latvian photographers Arnis Balcus, Reinis Hofmanis and Alnis Stakle are looking for the signs in Latvian landscape characterizing their home. The landscape consists of natural and cultural elements and their mutual interaction. Interaction with these elements can evoke a special sense of place, which the photographers have tried to reveal in their works.

Alnis Stakle in series Not Even Something is photographing unmapped paths and roads at nighttime in Daugavpils, the second largest city in Latvia; Arnis Balcus in Latvian Notes examines the collective rituals and commonplace in provincial towns and suburbs; Reinis Hofmanis in series Sale and Private is interested in the system of signs in landscape. At the same time, the photographers reflect on the complex political and economic situation in Latvia today. A few years ago Latvia suffered a deep financial crisis, but now again it is considered a country with the most rapid economic growth in the EU. Landscape is like a language in a constant conflict between the official representation offered to tourists and the actual everyday reality, often unaffected by globalization. The photographers show us the landscape components underlying the narrative of the space inhabited by them and society, the history of the space, as well as the Latvian perception of themselves in the global context. These three authors are one of the most locally and internationally acclaimed contemporary Latvian photographers.

Arnis Balcus (1978) is a photographer and editor-in-chief of FK Magazine. Most of his recent photographic work examines Latvian identity, social histories and political taboos. He holds a BA degree in Communication studies from the University of Latvia and an MA degree in photographic studies from the University of Westminster. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in magazines, such as Achtung Mode, Dazed & Confused, The New Yorker, Foto & Video. Recent shows include MAMAC in Liege (BE), Matthew Bown Gallery in London (UK) and Riga Art Space (LV).
www.balcus.lv

The works of Alnis Stakle (1975) have been exhibited in a number of solo shows and group exhibitions, including such venues as the Latvian National Museum of Art, Modern Art Oxford (UK), Niggendijker (NL), gallery Photographer.ru (RU). Self-portraits, still lives and close-ups of the private milieu and detached views of deserted landscapes are some of the characteristic motives of Stakle’s photography. In 2011 with series Lost: Paris Stakle got the 1st place in the category of architectural photography in the Sony World Photography Awards; he was also one of the finalists in Leica Oscar Barnack Preis competition. His works have been published in several photography and art publications in Latvia and abroad: Shots, Eyemazing, Photography Now.
www.alnisstakle.com

Reinis Hofmanis (1985) in his works is interested in landscape as culture – geographical phenomena and a sign as a symbol of consumerism. In 2012 he graduated with a Master’s degree in Visual Communications from the Art Academy of Latvia. In 2012 Hofmanis was awarded the Archifoto Award, but in 2013 with series Territory Hofmanis got the 2nd place in the category of architectural photography in the Sony World Photography Awards. He has had exhibitions at the contemporary art centre CEAAC in Strasbourg (FR), kim? in Riga (LV), Tukums Museum of Art (LV), and elsewhere. His works have been published in The Financial Times, Spiegel, The New York Times and other media.
www.reinishofmanis.com

The exhibition is part of the European cultural days 2013 – Latvia organized by European Central Bank in cooperation with Latvijas Banka. A 96-page catalogue has been published by the contemporary culture centre KultKom for the purpose of the exhibition. The exhibition is supported by Council of Riga, Freeport of Riga, Live Riga, Arctic Paper and ArtGlass.

A SENSE OF PLACE
Reinis Hofmanis: from the series Sale

A Sense of Place
Zeitgenössische lettische Fotografie

Vernissage: Donnerstag, 17. Oktober, 19.00 Uhr
Ausstellung: Freitag, 18. Oktober bis Sonntag, 10. November

Drei zeitgenössische lettische Fotografen, Arnis Balčus, Reinis Hofmanis und Alnis Stakle, werfen einen Blick auf ihr Land, auf wilde und gestaltete Landschaften, auf städtische Außenbezirke, auf Daugvapils, die zweitgrößte lettische Stadt, und auf kollektive Rituale.

Sie sind auf der Suche nach Zeichen, die typisch sind für ihre Heimat. Der gemeinsame Nenner der in dieser Ausstellung gezeigten Fotokunst ist die Verbindung natürlicher und von Menschenhand geschaffener Elemente. Diese Verbindung erzeugt nach Auffassung der Fotografen eine Atmosphä- re, ein dem jeweiligen Ort eigenes Gefühl, das sie mit der Kamera einzufangen versuchen. Auf diese Weise entsteht eine ikonografische Bestandsaufnahme, die ein Bild von Lettland ergibt, das jenem der Tourismusindustrie entgegensteht. Landschaften werden als symbolische Gebilde begriffen, zu denen der Alltag, der in ihnen stattfindet, einen gewissen Widerspruch bildet. Ebenso wie das Leben in bestimmten (hier: lettischen) Bezügen einen Kontrast darstellt zu einer von der Globalisierung erfassten Umwelt.

Einem harten Dokumentarismus sind die drei Künstler nicht verpflichtet: Poesie und Realismus durchdringen sich in den neueren Werken der lettischen Fotografie, zu deren Hauptvertretern Balčus, Hofmanis und Stakle zählen.

A SENSE OF PLACE
Arnis Balcus: Riga, 2012, from the series Latvian Notes