‘Homeland’ : a book presentation by Georgs Avetisjans

Opening @ PhotoQ Bookshop on Friday 27 at 18.00. 

Self-published September 2016 / Hardback clothbound / 163 pages (including foldout pages) / 118 photographs (including archives) / Memory Book : 44 pages / Newspaper : 36 pages / 195 x 230 mm (portrait). This book and its two inserts are part of the first, 30-piece limited edition.

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.

Georgs Avetisjans is a UK-based photographer / visual narrator from Latvia. This year he graduated from the University of Brighton with a Master’s Degree in Photography. He has had several exhibitions in Latvia, Italy, China and the UK. He is now docking at the residency ‘Docking Station’ in Amsterdam from Jan 10 until Jan 31, 2017.

Book presentation / opening @ 18:00 on Friday, Jan 27 at the PhotoQ Bookshop, Wijdesteeg 3A, 1012RN Amsterdam