concrete, wood, acrylic 28x49cm 2016
The work is from Inga Meldere's site specific project "Retouch" at SURVIVAL K(n)IT festival 2016, which was held at the former building of the National Library of Latvia.
The project anticipates moving into one of the festival’s premises, uncovering its walls and supplementing them with the fragments of wall paintings or fictive and retouched, like they have always been there, originals. With the use of the image system, that the spectators may be aware of already, there will be a visual narrative created on the walls of the building. The fragments of paintings in the narrative are going to be an interpretation, the retouching of memories about a person’s experience and observations, that have resulted in, what concept of festival has already mentioned - “the avalanche of fortuitousness, and a surprising chain of coincidences, weaving together private and global space”.
The building built in 1910 is a sophisticated example of neo-classicism. The initial wall paintings are a striking example of what could be the origins of Latvian modernism and futurism aesthetics. The taste of the anonymous Latvian craftsman who decorated one of the rooms of this house is surprisingly close to what we are used to recognizing as a work of the classical artists of Italian futurism and Russian avant-garde like Lyubov Popova and Giacomo Balla. Could it be that Riga is the first yet to be discovered place in a cradle of the avant-garde?
Text from the artist's website