Interpretation and translation by Kristīne Gundarina
Baltic Portraits is a trilingual project situated at the intersection between the genres of portraiture and landscape that examines how the Baltic Sea is both inscribed within and projected upon by the people who live near it. The project consists of a series of fifty portraits of residents of Liepaja, Latvia, standing with their back to the Baltic Sea displayed with a quote about the role the sea plays in their lives, along with ten long-exposure photographs of the sea taken just after sunset. Latvia is one of the three Baltic countries, with a complex history of occupation by Nazi Germany and the USSR for a majority of the 20th century. The Baltic Sea forms Latvia's border on its western side while Russia borders its eastern side. With tensions with Russia recently re-emerging, the Baltic Sea is a visible reminder of the vulnerability of this small country.