In March 2014 I was commissioned from ISSP to deliver a workshop on self portraits and the family archive. The participants, local women from Bolderāja, combined old family photographs, colours, shapes and word to create self-portraits that reflect their personal stories and memories. Using creativity and imagination, they explored and reinvented their life stories. The personal was linked to the collective history of Bolderāja, a largely Russian-speaking area of Riga that started out as a fishing village and housed factories and a large navy base during Soviet times.
RIGA SELF/PORTRAITS was part of the international community art project Contemporary Self-Portraits, organized in Latvia by Association ISSP.