Title: Sit silently
No. of pages: 98
Size: 25x17,5 cm
No. of copies: 1
Paper: 120g MATT
Binding: hand-sewed french link stitch in hard cover
The series “Sit silently” explore the area in time and space, where I try to take a rest from the necessity to leave an impression, to be an image or object myself. The pictures portray small towns/outskirts of Latvia and capture the search for a slower time zone with more vivid and more open expressions, as well as the sense of home and specific creativity of daily routines beyond the downtown. This is also a journey – escaping from the center and – at the same time – looking for my own (Latvian) identity or core, admiring moments that are not so up-to-date, but have their own significance, values and feeling. If, for example, one looks from the East, Ludza is the periphery of Latgale, Latgale is the periphery of Latvia and Latvia is the periphery of Europe.
The series’ title is an abbreviation of a piece from Google Poetics and consists of phrases that are popularly searched on internet and are associated with sitting: Sit silently /sit silently doing nothing / we sit silently and watch the world / we sit silently and watch
This reminds of a passage from F. Kafka: You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.