Miķelis Mūrnieks “Šodien slēgts” / “Closed Today”2023. gada 29. jūnijs
The artist has created five compositions of blinds, which are incorporated onto different facades of buildings in the city of Daugavpils, reminiscent of symbolic windows. A window covered with slatted blinds gives hope that one day it might open and let light into the imagined space. The locations of artworks:
- Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 13 – on the wall of the Daugavpils state city municipality institution “Kultūras pārvalde” (Culture Administration);
- Nikolaja iela 9 on the facade of the art gallery Baltais zirgs (White Horse);
- Rīgas iela 2 at the entrance of the Augšdaugava Regional Council building;
- Saules iela 7, on the facade of the Daugavpils City Children and Youth Centre Jaunība (Youth);
- Cietokšņa iela 61 at the entrance to the Sports Base Boksa zāle (Boxing Hall).
Artist Miķelis Mūrnieks about the series of artworks Šodien slēgts/Closed Today:
“It has long been observed, that in urban areas residents of the ground floors of residential buildings have chosen to cover their windows to the outside world with security bars, trapping themselves. Paradoxically, in order to protect oneself from the unwanted, alienation from the everyday takes place. In the troubled conditions of the world, the question of how we manage our daily routines in regions where the proportion of ethnic minorities and the influence of the East is greater than in the capital is becoming increasingly urgent. While slogans about the de-Russification of the country are chanted, the question emerges – how dangerous it really is to turn the back on cities with a large proportion of ethnic minorities. Historically, these cultures have shaped the identities of cities and are an inevitable part of regions. The purpose of the compositions of blinds affixed to the facades in the city is to remind us of whether we are able to rationally coexist and integrate ethnic minorities into the everyday life of our nation.”
Imants Ziedonis Foundation Viegli , Ziedoņa klase is implementing a project “Me, A Human Being in the World”, A Tool for Fostering Contemporary Culture Processes (project No. EEZ/2021/1/28) with the support of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism for the period 2014–2020 programme Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Cultural Cooperation, awarded under the open call Support for the Creation of Professional Art and Cultural Products for Children and Youth.
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