This picture shows an abandoned house building project, yet this is a car related post. I was making this panorama in Grobina one Saturday night about 10 pm. The picture consists of 8 separate exposures. I noticed a small dog coming down the walkway. With the main road behind my back I started taking the consecutive exposures from left towards right, avoiding the dog to be caught in any, except in the the very last one. Immediately after that last exposure the poor dog walked straight into the road and was hit badly by a car which escaped the scene. The dog cried loud lying on its side, apparently not being able to lift himself up. I attempted to help him off the road but before I reached him, he suddenly managed to pull up and limped across the road and vanished into a house’s garden. Assuming he might belong to the house all I could do was leave a note of what happened.
Skede is by the sea about seven kilometres from Kapsede. We drove there on the windy Saturday to see the waves and to fly the kite. After seven consecutive loops the kite plunged behind the drying pine trees on the dune. This made me think of our drive to Skede two years earlier. As we stopped the car its kilometre reading was 77777, as if the car prompted that dunes a bit further south were the scene for the largest massacre in Liepaja during the Nazi occupation of 1941-45. During those years Liepaja’s Jewish population was practically annihilated.
In attempts to deal with this grim chapter of history, no less than three memorials have been erected in Skede. First, in the 1960′s appeared an obelisk which explains how “more than 19000 Liepaja citizens were murdered by Hitlerist attackers”. Contrary to the text, most of the killers apparently were Latvians. The larger text “Forever remembering the Soviet patriots!” is not on par with the site’s connection to the Holocaust.
In 2005 was built another, monumental arrangement in the shape of a seven-branched candelabrum, which is dedicated to the perished Jewish community.
Due to its dimensions this monument is difficult to photograph. Peculiar enough, still at the time of this writing you won’t see it on satellite maps — instead an empty field only.
The following year a third, modestly proportioned memorial stone was placed to balance the other two. It recognizes all the thousands who perished here, including Jews and war prisoners or people who helped them, and the ones who resisted the occupiers.
Oddly the site shares a foul-smelling entry route with Liepaja’s waste-water treatment plant — which you can see on satellite maps. Due to its dimensions this faculty also is difficult to photograph and I won’t even try to.
This morning I went to see the Local Time exhibition. Not mine obviously but another one in Riga with the same title. You see, just two days before my exhibition opening I heard that Riga Goethe institute will open almost simultaneously a poster exhibition of Stefan Koppelkamm’s long-term project Local Time — which I only managed to see on the last day of mine.
The morning was as rainy as yesterday, topped with strong wind. Again many umbrellas passing by the gallery. I was passing time by taking pictures of them. Between 12:30 and 14:00 local time.
I am attending the gallery during the two last days of the exhibition. It is raining here in Riga. Umbrellas are passing by the window dragging people beneath. An hour can go before any of the umbrellas decide to take a look in. I feel curious sympathy with gallery supervisors.
Local time 3 pm. A girl is travelling by train from France to Japan and stops in Riga and ends up in the gallery. She accepts a copy of the Survival Handbook to accompany on her 8-day journey.
On Wednesday I will wrap up here and take the exhibition to Ventspils, to Jūras Vārti culture house. Opening on Friday, local time.
Hi. Long time no see. The summer has much gone preparing for the exhibition which was opened last Thursday. Vietējais Laiks (Local Time) will be open until September 29th in Gallery Carousell in Riga old town.
In the exhibition are shown projects Relating Latvia and If Nokia were a place… As a third, new project I published a Survival Handbook. Kārlis Vērpe wrote an essay and Zigmunds Lapsa made the design. The Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art is the publisher. In Helsinki you can obtain the book from Kiasma shop, Photograhic Gallery Hippolyte, FMP bookshop and Gallery Luova.fi which also has an online bookshop.
Hundreds of free journalists protested against Sanoma News in Helsinki yesterday. The media house says they stop collaboration with free lancers who won’t sign the dictated new agreement. Sanoma News aims to take all known and unknown usage rights with syndication, selling further and manipulation rights to texts, photographs and illustrations for the price of a single publication, while leaving the free lancers alone juridically responsible.
Sanoma News is part of the Sanoma Group. The corporate altogether (with a 300 million euro operating profit) publishes over 300 European magazines and Finland’s two most read newspapers along with above ten other newspapers. They own the leading picture agency in Finland. In book publishing they are the Finnish market leader and significant europe-wise too. They have five TV stations and three radio stations in Finland. In the Baltics and Finland Sanoma Group is the market leader in press distribution, kiosks, cinema theatres etc.
It seems as the Finnish media emporium’s first aim is to deliver maximum profit for shareholders and to gain maximum grip over production and distribution of information – free journalism comes only after that. What else can you make of it?