Inta Ruka. Under the Same Sky

29.08.2019. - 26.10.2019.
Main Gallery
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From 29 August to 26 October 2019 the Mūkusala Art Salon presents Inta Ruka's personal exhibition Under the Same Sky. The exhibition consists of photographic portraits and the life stories of the people portrayed, which were made and recorded in Balvi and its vicinity in summers over the course of three years. Inta Ruka's photographs show the tellers of these subjective stories on the background of the environment and landscape in which they live. It is a history witnessed and told by residents of Latvia, covering the period from World War II to the wave of emigration in recent decades.

Inta Ruka (1958) is one of the internationally best-known Latvian photographers. She consistently works in black-and-white photography and the genre of the portrait, focusing on residents of specific territories and their life stories. Her ambitious collection My Country People (1983–1998), which documented the life of the inhabitants of single farmsteads in Balvi District over a number of years, was exhibited in the Latvian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (1999). Her collections People I Happened to Meet (1999–2004) and Amālijas Street 5a (2004–2008) were dedicated to the residents of Riga. In 2011 she was nominated for the Purvītis Prize for her exhibition Amālijas Street 5a.

Publicity image:

Inta Ruka. Valdis Kamaldiņš. 2018. From the collection Under the Same Sky. Silver gelatine print. 43 x 43 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Authors:
Inta Ruka
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