“Earthworks” – an Exhibition of Latvian Design Objects
The project can be also viewed as a work of research into the local identity within a certain lifestyle and a level of artisanal quality. From this follows the motto of the exhibition – “Our past is the soil for our future”. “Earthworks” presents products created by Latvian designers: tableware, textiles, furniture and toys.
The objects showcased at the exhibition are not intended to be a formal reproduction of previous efforts, nor are they a reconstruction; it is a translation of traditions into the language of contemporary design by means of in-depth research. In the exposition, an essential part is played by large-format photographs that depict craftsmanship and lifestyle traditions and show examples of Latvian cultural heritage that became an inspiration for the research and the source for a new interpretation.
The exposition brings together works of design created during a period of several years of which some have already been praised at Latvian as well as international design forums. Designers participating in the exhibition work with contemporary products from dried natural peat created in Latvia by the company “April Market”.
The authors of the “Earthworks” collection and the exposition are members of the design studio “Rijada” - Rihards Funts and Zane Homka, in collaboration with fashion designer Natālija Jansone and head of the RIIJA shop Sarmīte Stabulniece. This past September, the exhibition “Earthworks” was on show in Brussels as part of “Brussels Design September 2014”.
The exhibition’s opening hours: workdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Sundays. Admission free of charge.
The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.