The Longest Village in the Country
2015 - 2016
Homeland serves a nostalgic representation of the place and memories in the longest village in Latvia and its recent history from World War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. As the curtain fell, the local economy changed, and in 2004, upon joining the EU, it changed again. These historical shifts made a huge impact on the society and its dreams, many of which the younger generations abandoned.
This project is a collection of places into one place through the operations of memory and reflects on villager's existing relationship with the land. Project became a metaphor for a way of life, passing of time and for how time affects and changes our sense of place.
“Landscapes – actual, remembered or idealized – feed our sense of belonging to whatever place, region or nation that we view as homeland”
- Liz Wells
Who? Georgs Avetisjans
Docking January 10 - 31
Working on Homeland
About how time changed the longest village in Latvia
Photographer and Senior Lecturer in Photography in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton
"Georgs’s work involves a photographic approach that is equally analytic, explorative and lyrical. It demonstrates a depth of understanding of the aesthetic and technical qualities of photography to enable questions of place and time to be considered.
The recent project Homeland begins with a personal connection to a location and unfolds as a deeply engaging story of how individual lives, communities and wider histories interconnect. Through a highly considered series of pictures the project delicately balances a distance and emotional restraint with a generosity, warmth and respect for the people, places and stories involved.
I expect Georgs’s residency at Docking Station to present a great opportunity for these stories to continue to be experienced and ideas for future projects to emerge."