University of Brighton
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