Tracing Tradition | Peasants’ Life | Latvia 1900s

 

Visual Artist,  Educator and  Photographer Vika Eksta is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From the book/project ‘Dievs Daba Darbs’.  To see Vika’s body of work, click on any image.

 

 

 

 

 

Dievs Daba Darbs” (“God Nature Toil”) is a trilogy written by a Latvian female author Anna Brigadere in early 1900s as a quite sentimental examination of life of the Latvian peasants narrated by a young daughter of rural servants. For centuries Latvian families lived in the individual farmsteads in the countryside and notions of nature, work and religion determined their life. I have reevaluated and reframed the image of traditional lifestyle and it’s contemporary state characterized by migration, devastation, ageing of the population, emptiness etc. by re-enacting life of a country woman who passed away some years ago. Her children emigrated and house with all belongings turned into a strange archive of the private memories that was found by accident. I have spent a lot of time alone in this house reliving situations offered by the clothes and objects located there. For shooting I used only available material (clothes, objects and light etc.).

 

 

 

 

In October 2018 I have also self published a book in 200 copies. This book is a tribute to the albums that sister of my granny who lived in a house similar to the one in photographs was putting together and hiding under her bed. No one really ever saw what she is making and after her death it all disappeared somewhere.

 

 

 

All images © Vika Eksta

 

 

 

Dievs Daba Darbs

Book By Vika Eksta

 

 

See also:

Snakes and Ladders

By Vika Eksta

 

 

 

 

 

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