Latvian suitcase


Many waves of exile have washed over Latvia, now, through individual stories and human experience to be reflected in an exhibition. The main symbol of this exposition is suitcase. The packing of suitcase is the last decisive choice and re-vision of values, weighing on what is to be taken along and what – left behind. For Latvians, all the discarded life mostly turned out to be irretrievably lost. This exhibition aims to demonstrate what was to be found in the luggage of those Latvians who, for different reasons, had to leave their country for ever. Its focus will be objects symbolic of the memory of their owners, historic photography, video and audio material, language of computer graphics and animation. Rather than being perceived as no more than passive observers, the audience will be posed questions – What would you take along in case you had to leave Latvia for indeterminate time? 

Opening hours: Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on Tuesday, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

One ticket to all exhibitions costs EUR 5, EUR 2 for pensioners, schoolchildren and students.
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is EUR 10. Free of charge for the politically persecuted persons, national resistance movement members, persons with disabilities, children up to 7. Tickets are available at the box office in the Corner House's backyard.

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 30.04.2014 21:00

Ends: 18.10.2014 21:00


  • Corner House on Brīvības street

Form of event:

  • Exhibition

Category of event:

  • History

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

During the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, the KGB headquarters in Riga, also known as the Corner House, became a prominent symbol of totalitarian power that, in the 21st century Riga, still stands to bear testimony to total war, mass persecutions and genocide. 2014 is the right time to change the destiny of the Corner House, to open the doors and face the experience and fates concealed therein in order to profoundly understand and recreate them. The Corner House will be open to the public from the 1st of May to the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours "In the KGB Basements", and five more exhibitions - "(Re)construction of Friendship", "A Latvian's Suitcase", "In Spite of All”, "Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day.

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