The art project “Urban Storytelling” will run in several Riga neighbourhoods – Sarkandaugava, Zolitūde and Brasa – from August 14 to August 31. The project is part of the “Riga 2014” Programme’s thematic line “Road Map”, and it aims to integrate cultural and artistic developments in the urban environment of the neighbourhoods. Local residents take active part in the creation of artworks for the project, they also act as models and the source of inspiration for many of them.
The exhibition “Garden” will be on show from August 14 to August 17 in one of the buildings of the Riga Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in Sarkandaugava. The building is over a hundred years old and currently vacant, and the public will have the opportunity to inspect the historic environment of the building and hospital, and see a special thematic exhibition. The exhibition “Garden” presents works by Ieva Stūre, Rasa Jansone, Kristīne Želve, Mārtiņš Kalseris, Silva Bendrāte and other artists that pay homage to Vincent van Gogh, Zelda Fitzgerald, Pēteris Krastiņš, and the history of the Riga Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment Centre. The exhibition will also include works by the hospital’s patients. Garden is the most prominent feature in the majority of the artworks at the exhibition as the Riga Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Treatment Centre, in collaboration with landscape architect Ilze Rukšāne, has commenced work on renovation of the centre’s garden ahead of the facility’s 190th anniversary this September. The “Urban Storytelling” project is one of the first steps towards acquainting the community with the idea of the garden at the centre.
On August 21, a film and contemporary dance event will open the exhibition “Solitude” in the courtyard of a building on Ruses Street in the Zolitūde neighbourhood. The photography section of the exhibition, featuring pictures of Zolitūde residents, has been created by photographer Aija Bley and Japanese artist Ayaka Yamamoto.
The “Urban Storytelling” project will close in Brasa with the light and sound installation “The Far Light” in Lielie kapi cemetery and an organ music night in Klusā Street Church. Photographer Māra Pētersone, whose workshop has been located near the Lielie kapi cemetery for many years, is continuing to work on her “Lielie Kapi Cemetery Story” – an almanac made up of pictures and stories of local residents.